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Virgin Media owner Liberty Global rolls out Juniper NFV

Media delivery company Liberty Global is to use Juniper Networks vMX virtual routers to improve network performance and scale

Liberty Global, the worldwide media and content delivery organisation that owns the Virgin Media communications service provider (CSP) business in the UK, is switching on network functions virtualisation (NFV) capabilities in its network to support its broadband, telephony and television services.

The media conglomerate has chosen to deploy Juniper Networks vMX carrier-grade virtual routers across its network footprint to improve its overall performance and achieve cost-effective network scale in support of both consumer and enterprise users.

“Virtualisation solutions streamline our infrastructure, our operations environment and our global business outcomes. While our first NFV deployment is for virtual route reflection, we are also evaluating the vMX to rapidly add network capacity and new customers,” said Liberty Global vice-president of core network strategy and engineering Andy Grotzke.

“The ability to leverage a broad set of virtual routing capabilities is very important to Liberty Global as it will enable agile service innovation and increased operational efficiency,” said Grotzke.

Juniper’s vMX is a full-featured, task-optimised universal edge router that runs as licensed software on standard x86 server hardware.

Using the solution as a virtual route reflector – as Liberty Global plans to do – means the organisation can benefit from more efficient and cost-effective control plane scale and performance, while future growth can be accommodated by spinning up new reflectors on demand.

Virtual router reflection is supposed to provided more efficient scale in large border gateway protocol (BGP) networks, which will help Liberty Global streamline its operations and bring down its total cost of ownership, said Juniper.

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Liberty Global already uses Juniper’s MX series 3D universal edge routers and its PTX series packet transport routers, as well as a number of its switching and next-generation firewall platforms across its datacentre estate.

“Virtualised network services are a key technology in the transformation to agility. Juniper’s high-performance virtualisation technologies enable Liberty Global to deploy new services and products quickly and easily,” said Juniper vice-president of portfolio marketing Paul Obsitnik.

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