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Juniper Networks vMX Virtual Router
Carrier-Grade Virtual Routing for Enterprises and Service Providers


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Perpetual Bandwidth License
Perpetual 100 Mbps Bandwidth License
Supports 50 VPN instances (both L2 and L3 VPN technologies), and 128,000 routing information base (RIB) and forwarding information base (FIB) entries
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List Price: $750.00
Our Price: $604.00
Perpetual 250 Mbps Bandwidth License
Supports 50 VPN instances (both L2 and L3 VPN technologies), and 128,000 routing information base (RIB) and forwarding information base (FIB) entries
#VMX-250M
List Price: $1,500.00
Our Price: $1,208.00
Perpetual 500 Mbps Bandwidth License
Supports 50 VPN instances (both L2 and L3 VPN technologies), and 128,000 routing information base (RIB) and forwarding information base (FIB) entries
#VMX-500M
List Price: $3,000.00
Our Price: $2,415.00

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Overview:

The full-featured, carrier-grade vMX extends more than 17 years of Juniper edge routing expertise to the virtual realm. The vMX virtual router maintains complete feature and operational consistency with physical MX Series 3D Universal Edge Routers. It runs the Junos operating system and compiles the programmable Trio chipset microcode for x86 chipsets.

The vMX provides sophisticated routing services that support provider edge, broadband network gateway, route reflector, and customer premises equipment (CPE) applications. Optional virtualized services for the vMX significantly expand its application range.

The vMX is available as licensed software for x86-based servers, on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Marketplace, and on the Juniper NFX250 Network Services Platform. With its flexible deployment models and granular perpetual and subscription-based licensing, the vMX reduces the costs and risks associated with new-market entry. It allows you to start small, move fast, and stay profitable.

Product Description

Service providers, cloud operators, and enterprises need highly agile, scalable, and automated networks in order to increase revenue, contain capital spending, and achieve operational excellence. Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), which decouples network functions from service-specific elements so they can run as software on x86 servers, is a critical technology for achieving these goals.

The vMX Virtual Router is a virtualized MX Series 3D Universal Edge Router that helps network operators of all types improve customer experience and profitability by increasing network and service agility and accelerating time to market for new services, while streamlining their operations environment.

The vMX is available as licensed software for x86-based servers, on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Marketplace, and on the Juniper NFX250 Network Services Platform. With its flexible deployment models and granular perpetual and subscription-based licensing, the vMX reduces the costs and risks associated with new-market entry. It allows you to start small, move fast, and stay profitable.

The Juniper Networks vMX Virtual Router, available as licensed software for deployment on x86-based servers, Amazon Web Services (AWS), and on the NFX250-S2-R Network Services Platform, supports a broad range of broadband, cloud, cable, mobile, and enterprise applications. The vMX control plane is powered by Juniper Networks Junos operating system, the same OS that powers the entire Juniper Networks MX Series 3D Universal Edge Routers portfolio, and the forwarding plane is powered by vTrio, Juniper’s programmable Trio chipset microcode optimized for execution in x86 environments. With Junos OS and vTrio, the vMX offers advanced routing, quality of service (HQoS), and switching features that ensure the agile and highly efficient delivery of the widest variety of services.

The feature-rich vMX, built on 17 years of Juniper routing investment experience, increases service agility by enabling users to quickly implement and scale services by spinning up new routing instances on demand, and by supporting non-disruptive service introductions in parallel with current services. This approach eliminates the risk, complexity, and delay associated with reconfiguring and requalifying your current infrastructure for new services. Furthermore, the vMX has a granular licensing model that accommodates uncertain forecasts, enabling users to purchase only the amount of capacity they need, reducing the risk of stranded capital.

The vMX also eliminates the cost, complexity, and delay associated with qualifying, maintaining, and sparing physical routing elements. This enables rapid service deployment and scale-out of services, which are critical success factors when expanding into niche markets and new geographies. Importantly, these same attributes help overcome issues related to equipment acquisition for lab trials and release certification.

Importantly, the vMX offers feature consistency with the physical MX Series platforms, including support for high-performance virtual route reflection as well as virtual broadband network gateway (BNG) capabilities, including L2TP network server/Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol (LNS/L2TP), Point-to-Point Protocol over Ethernet (PPPoE), Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCPv4/DHCPv6), Pseudowire Headend Termination (PWHT) support, and static and dynamic (RADIUS) subscriber interface support. Additionally, a suite of virtualized services are available for the vMX, including IPsec, Layer 7 application awareness, stateful firewall, and carrier-grade Network Address Translation (NAT), which significantly extends the range of applications that the vMX can satisfy. Together, these sophisticated features help service providers implement advanced, virtualized, and distributed architectures that enable the profitable delivery of innovative services in new and traditional markets.

The vMX architecture for VirtIO and SR-IOV.
The vMX architecture for VirtIO and SR-IOV.

Architecture and Key Components:

The vMX consists of the following:

  • Virtual control plane (VCP), which is Junos OS hosted on a virtual machine (VM).
  • The virtual forwarding plane (VFP) runs the packet forwarding engine, which is the programmable Trio microcode optimized and compiled for x86 environments. Intel toolkits, including Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK) and Single Root IO Virtualization (SR-IOV), are also employed to further enhance forwarding performance.

OpenStack provides VM management and provisioning of infrastructure network connections, allowing vMX orchestration like any other cloud-based application and enabling customers to nondisruptively add the vMX to their operational environments. Additionally, the vMX is fully integrated with the Juniper Networks Contrail® Cloud Platform™, a turnkey cloud management solution that is hardened with open-source technologies including OpenStack, OpenContrail, Chef, and Puppet.

Features and Benefits:

MX Series and vMX: Consistent, Compatible, and Complementary

The vMX utilizes the same Junos operating system and programmable Trio chipset microcode as the physical MX Series portfolio. The vMX and MX Series routers can be selected based on specific goals and objectives without any operational penalty or risk, enabling customers to control the pace of their network evolution without disrupting established operating environments.

MX Series customers can use the vMX to scale out their networks without impacting operations or staff training. Similarly, customers can use the vMX to satisfy immediate needs and adopt MX Series routers for service scale-up at some future point, again without operational disruption.

World-Class Routing for World-Class Networks

The vMX is a true carrier-class router that supports the same broad set of IPv4/IPv6 capabilities available in the MX Series portfolio. This includes comprehensive VPN support at Layer 2 (virtual private LAN service, L2 circuits, L2VPN, and EVPN); Layer 2.5/MPLS (LDP, RSVP, P2MP LDP, and RSVP, with class of service/ QoS); Layer 3 (unicast and multicast L3VPNs with CoS/QoS); BNG/LNS; and a variety of multicast techniques (physical interface module, Internet Group Management Protocol, Multicast Listener Discovery, multicast generic routing encapsulation).

Comprehensive BNG Capabilities

The vMX makes an ideal BNG for extending broadband services to residential consumers and extending network access to wholesalers. The extensive suite of BNG feature support includes L2TP network server/Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol (LNS/L2TP), Point-to-Point Protocol over Ethernet (PPPoE), Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCPv4/v6), Pseudowire Headend Termination (PWHT), static and dynamic (RADIUS) subscriber interfaces, DHCP local server and relay, QinQ, integrated firewall filters, and reverse-path forwarding (RPF) check.

High-Performance Virtual Route Reflection

The vMX also supports virtual route reflection, which is optimized for high scale and performance and offers key features such as route target address family (RFC4684), BGP ADD_PATH, 4 byte Adaptive Services system support, L2VPN address families (RFC4761, RFC6074), and multihop BFD for both BGPv4 and BGPv6. Virtual route reflection helps operators efficiently increase network scale and avoid the cost and complexity of dedicated physical routing platforms.

Improve Control Plane Scale

Edge routers can run out of control plane resources before they run out of forwarding plane resources. The vMX overcomes this issue by allowing independent control plane and forwarding scale, enabling very large forwarding tables and a high number of flows to be supported.

Flexible Implementation Models

The vMX is available as licensed software for x86-based servers and on Amazon Web Services (AWS) Marketplace where it can provide secure routing between AWS virtual path connections (VPCs), private clouds, and on-premises resources. Additionally, AWS customers can bring their own vMX license or take advantage of hourly or annual “pay-as you-go” pricing. The vMX can also be installed on the NFX250-S2-R, enabling customers to deploy a single-vendor hardware/software solution.

Value-Added Service Integration

A suite of licensed virtual services, including IPsec to Layer 7 application awareness (based on deep packet inspection technology), stateful firewall, and carrier-grade NAT, can be optionally added to the vMX. These virtual services broaden the use cases and revenue opportunities that network operators can address while maintaining a single OS for routing and services.

Low-Risk Market Entry and Expansion

Uncertain forecasts, facility costs, and pressure from incumbents can be formidable barriers to new market entry and geographic expansion. Implementing the vMX in data centers or collocation facilities instead of dedicated telco facilities is an easy and lowrisk way to enter new markets and increase or decrease network capacity in response to disparities between forecast and actual service uptake. As demands grow, the vMX is easily scaled up; or conversely, if a service or market underperforms, vMX licenses and servers can be easily redeployed without stranding assets.

Automation and Programmability

Included in Junos OS, the Junos Automation Toolkit is a suite of tools supported on all Juniper Networks switches, routers, and security devices. These tools, which leverage the native XML capabilities of Junos OS, include commit scripts, op scripts, event policies and event scripts, and macros that help automate operational and configuration tasks. Additionally, the Juniper Extension Toolkit (JET) provides a modern programmable toolkit while maintaining a platform independent architecture, and includes support for:

  • OpenConfig/YANG
  • gRPC, Thrift, NETCONF
  • JSON/XML
  • API support for all modern programming languages
  • Rich on-box scripting support using Python
  • REST APIs

Together, Junos OS automation and programmability features save time by automating operational and configuration tasks, reduce the chance for error, speed troubleshooting, and maximize network uptime by warning operators of potential problems and automatically responding to system events.

Specifications:


vMX Minimum Hardware Requirements
Sample System Configuration For low-bandwidth applications, the minimum CPU requirement is Nehalem Intel processor generation or newer.
For high-bandwidth applications, the minimum Intel CPU generation required is Ivy-Bridge Intel processor generation or newer.
Memory Minimum: 8 GB
Storage Local or network-attached storage (NAS)
Other Requirements VT-d capability
vMX Minimum Software Requirements
Operating System Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
Linux 3.13.0-32-generic
CentOS 7.1
RedHat 7.2
Virtualization QEMU-KVM 2.0.0
VMware ESXi 5.5/6.0
Dedicated Route Reflector Minimum Hardware Requirements
Sample System Configuration 16-core Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5620 @ 2.40 GHz
Memory Minimum: 16 GB
Dedicated Route Reflector Minimum Software Requirements
Operating System CentOS 7.1
CentOS 7.2
Virtualization QEMU-KVM 1.5.3
Libvirt 1.2.8 (CentOS 7.1)
QEMU-KVM 1.5.3
Libvirt 1.2.17 (CentOS 7.2)
ESXI – 5.5/6.0

Documentation:

Download the Juniper Networks vMX Virtual Router Data Sheet (PDF).

Pricing Notes:

Perpetual Bandwidth Licenses
Perpetual 100 Mbps Bandwidth License
Supports 50 VPN instances (both L2 and L3 VPN technologies), and 128,000 routing information base (RIB) and forwarding information base (FIB) entries
#VMX-100M
List Price: $750.00
Our Price: $604.00
Perpetual 250 Mbps Bandwidth License
Supports 50 VPN instances (both L2 and L3 VPN technologies), and 128,000 routing information base (RIB) and forwarding information base (FIB) entries
#VMX-250M
List Price: $1,500.00
Our Price: $1,208.00
Perpetual 500 Mbps Bandwidth License
Supports 50 VPN instances (both L2 and L3 VPN technologies), and 128,000 routing information base (RIB) and forwarding information base (FIB) entries
#VMX-500M
List Price: $3,000.00
Our Price: $2,415.00
Base Perpetual Bandwidth Licenses
Base Perpetual 1 Gbps Bandwidth License
Supports 16 L3VPN instances and no other VPN features, and 256,000 RIB and FIB entries
#VMX-BASE-1G
List Price: $1,450.00
Our Price: $1,167.00
Base Perpetual 5 Gbps Bandwidth License
Supports 16 L3VPN instances and no other VPN features, and 256,000 RIB and FIB entries
#VMX-BASE-5G
List Price: $1,950.00
Our Price: $1,570.00
Base Perpetual 10 Gbps Bandwidth License
Supports 16 L3VPN instances and no other VPN features, and 256,000 RIB and FIB entries
#VMX-BASE-10G
List Price: $2,500.00
Our Price: $2,013.00
Base Perpetual 20 Gbps Bandwidth License
Supports 16 L3VPN instances and no other VPN features, and 256,000 RIB and FIB entries
#VMX-BASE-20G
List Price: $3,750.00
Our Price: $3,019.00
Base Perpetual 40 Gbps Bandwidth License
Supports 16 L3VPN instances and no other VPN features, and 256,000 RIB and FIB entries
#VMX-BASE-40G
List Price: $7,850.00
Our Price: $6,319.00
Advanced Perpetual Bandwidth Licenses
Advanced Perpetual 1 Gbps Bandwidth License
Supports 1 million RIB entries, 16 L3VPN instances, and 250 VPN instances (both L2 and L3 VPN technologies)
#VMX-ADV-1G
List Price: $2,850.00
Our Price: $2,294.00
Advanced Perpetual 5 Gbps Bandwidth License
Supports 1 million RIB entries, 16 L3VPN instances, and VPN instances (both L2 and L3 VPN technologies) up to system scale
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List Price: $3,950.00
Our Price: $3,180.00
Advanced Perpetual 10 Gbps Bandwidth License
Supports 1 million RIB entries, 16 L3VPN instances, and VPN instances (both L2 and L3 VPN technologies) up to system scale
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List Price: $5,050.00
Our Price: $4,065.00
Advanced Perpetual 20 Gbps Bandwidth License
Supports 1 million RIB entries, 16 L3VPN instances, and VPN instances (both L2 and L3 VPN technologies) up to system scale
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List Price: $7,600.00
Our Price: $6,118.00
Advanced Perpetual 40 Gbps Bandwidth License
Supports 1 million RIB entries, 16 L3VPN instances, and VPN instances (both L2 and L3 VPN technologies) up to system scale
#VMX-ADV-40G
List Price: $10,500.00
Our Price: $8,453.00
Premium Perpetual Bandwidth Licenses
Premium Perpetual 1 Gbps Bandwidth License
Supports 2 million RIB entries, and 250 VPN instances (both L2 and L3 VPN technologies)
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List Price: $4,000.00
Our Price: $3,220.00
Premium Perpetual 5 Gbps Bandwidth License
Supports 2 million RIB entries, and 250 VPN instances (both L2 and L3 VPN technologies)
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List Price: $5,500.00
Our Price: $4,428.00
Premium Perpetual 10 Gbps Bandwidth License
Supports 2 million RIB entries, and VPN instances (both L2 and L3 VPN technologies) up to system scale
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List Price: $7,000.00
Our Price: $5,635.00
Premium Perpetual 20 Gbps Bandwidth License
Supports 2 million RIB entries, and VPN instances (both L2 and L3 VPN technologies) up to system scale
#VMX-PRM-20G
List Price: $10,500.00
Our Price: $8,453.00
Premium Perpetual 40 Gbps Bandwidth License
Supports 2 million RIB entries, and VPN instances (both L2 and L3 VPN technologies) up to system scale
#VMX-PRM-40G
List Price: $14,000.00
Our Price: $11,270.00
Subscription Licenses for Perpetual Bandwidth License
1 Year Subscription License for VMX-100M
Includes all features in full scale
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List Price: $400.00
Our Price: $382.00
1 Year Subscription License for VMX-250M
Includes all features in full scale
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List Price: $800.00
Our Price: $764.00
1 Year Subscription License for VMX-500M
Includes all features in full scale
#VMX-500M-1YR
List Price: $1,600.00
Our Price: $1,527.00
Subscription Licenses for Base Perpetual Bandwidth License
1 Year Subscription License for VMX-BASE-1G
Includes Limited IP FIB and Basic L2 Functionality. No VPN Features
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List Price: $750.00
Our Price: $716.00
1 Year Subscription License for VMX-BASE-5G
Includes Limited IP FIB and Basic L2 Functionality. No VPN Features
#VMX-BASE-5G-1YR
List Price: $1,050.00
Our Price: $1,002.00
1 Year Subscription License for VMX-BASE-10G
Includes Limited IP FIB and Basic L2 Functionality. No VPN Features
#VMX-BASE-10G-1YR
List Price: $1,350.00
Our Price: $1,289.00
1 Year Subscription License for VMX-BASE-40G
Includes Limited IP FIB and Basic L2 Functionality. No VPN Features
#VMX-BASE-40G-1YR
List Price: $4,200.00
Our Price: $4,009.00
Subscription Licenses for Advanced Perpetual Bandwidth License
1 Year Subscription License for VMX-ADV-1G
Includes Full Scale L2/L2.5, L3 Features. Includes EVPN and VXLAN. Only 16 L3VPN Instances
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List Price: $1,500.00
Our Price: $1,432.00
1 Year Subscription License for VMX-ADV-5G
Includes Full Scale L2/L2.5, L3 Features. Includes EVPN and VXLAN. Only 16 L3VPN Instances
#VMX-ADV-5G-1YR
List Price: $2,050.00
Our Price: $1,957.00
1 Year Subscription License for VMX-ADV-10G
Includes Full Scale L2/L2.5, L3 Features. Includes EVPN and VXLAN. Only 16 L3VPN Instances
#VMX-ADV-10G-1YR
List Price: $2,650.00
Our Price: $2,529.00
1 Year Subscription License for VMX-ADV-40G
Includes Full Scale L2/L2.5, L3 Features. Includes EVPN and VXLAN. Only 16 L3VPN Instances
#VMX-ADV-40G-1YR
List Price: $5,600.00
Our Price: $5,345.00
Subscription Licenses for Premium Perpetual Bandwidth License
1 Year Subscription License for VMX-PRM-1G
Includes all Features in BASE (L2/L2.5, L3, EVPN, VXLAN) and Full Scale L3VPN Features
#VMX-PRM-1G-1YR
List Price: $2,150.00
Our Price: $2,052.00
1 Year Subscription License for VMX-PRM-5G
Includes all Features in BASE (L2/L2.5, L3, EVPN, VXLAN) and Full Scale L3VPN Features
#VMX-PRM-5G-1YR
List Price: $2,950.00
Our Price: $2,816.00
1 Year Subscription License for VMX-PRM-10G
Includes all Features in BASE (L2/L2.5, L3, EVPN, VXLAN) and Full Scale L3VPN Features
#VMX-PRM-10G-1YR
List Price: $3,750.00
Our Price: $3,579.00
1 Year Subscription License for VMX-PRM-40G
Includes all Features in BASE (L2/L2.5, L3, EVPN, VXLAN) and Full Scale L3VPN Features
#VMX-PRM-40G-1YR
List Price: $7,450.00
Our Price: $7,111.00