Show 118 – Juniper MX Series – Sponsored

In today’s sponsored show we cover the Juniper MX; it’s a platform that’s build from the ground up to support high-density Ethernet services that can be used in both enterprise and service provider core, aggregation, and edge as well as broadband and mobile backhaul. The Juniper MX line up is as follows: MX5, MX10, MX40, MX80, MX240, MX480, and the MX960. The Juniper MX features custom built silicon called Trio which focuses on high-scale, line-rate performance, and inline services such as port mirroring, IPFIX, NAT, and GRE. There are three different categories of line cards: switching only, routing plus switching, and all of the above plus hierarchal queuing. As we say, “the line cards are full of awesome”!

The MX has a perfect combination of price to performance no matter what role it’s fulfilling in the network.

Show Links

The Bay Area Juniper Users Group (BAJUG) is also being held October 16th 2012 in Sunnyvale. Free registration at

The O’Reilly Juniper MX book is at


Douglas Hanks is a Data Center Architect with Juniper Networks and focuses on solution architecture for service provider and enterprise. He is certified with Juniper Networks as JNCIE-ENT #213 and JNCIE-SP #875. He is the author of the Juniper MX Series by O’Reilly and several Day One books published by Juniper Networks. Douglas is also the co-founder of the Bay Area Juniper Users Group (BAJUG).

Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @douglashanksjr

Russell has worked in the IT telecom and networking industries for over 15 years.  He has worked in the leading financials for and fortune 500 companies for eight years designing their global networks and high performance trading networks throughout Europe and the US.  Russell holds a B.Eng and B.Sc degree in computing from Auckland University and a masters in Information systems from RMIT in Melbourne.  He also holds multiple industry certifications including his CCIE.

Harry Reynolds has over 30 years of experience in the networking industry, with the last 20 years focused on LANs and LAN interconnection. He is CCIE # 4977 and JNCIE # 3 and also holds various other industry and teaching certifications. Harry was a contributing author to Juniper Network Complete Reference (McGraw-Hill) and wrote the JNCIE and JNCIP Study Guides (Sybex Books) & coauthor for Junos Enterprise Routing and Junos Enterprise Switching (O’Reilly). Currently, Harry performs Customer Specific Testing that simulates one of the nation’s largest private IP backbones at multidimensional scale.

Derick Winkworth has 17 years of experience in the industry as a developer, network engineer, architect.  He is currently the product manager of JUNOS Manageability.  In his current role he focuses on usability of JUNOS and automation of networks built with JUNOS.  You can follow him on twitter where he goes by @cloudtoad.  He occasionally blogs on PacketPushers.


The Packet Pushers thanks Juniper for the sponsorship and supporting the Packet Pushers. We hope to have more podcasts on the same topics. Let us know what you would like to hear from Juniper – any favourite products or technologies ? 

Greg Ferro
Greg Ferro is a Network Engineer/Architect, mostly focussed on Data Centre, Security Infrastructure, and recently Virtualization. He has over 20 years in IT, in wide range of employers working as a freelance consultant including Finance, Service Providers and Online Companies. He is CCIE#6920 and has a few ideas about the world, but not enough to really count. He is a host on the Packet Pushers Podcast, blogger at and on Twitter @etherealmind and Google Plus.
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  • Joshua Toon

    You know, I really enjoyed this…even though it was sponsored. I really thought it would be bollocks…NOT SO. Maybe I’m just that big of a nerd…

    • Etherealmind

      Thanks for saying that. We work with our sponsors to make the shows technical and interesting – maybe it’s working :)

      • Paul Gear

        It’s definitely working, and has been right from the beginning of the sponsored shows – i swear the first Arista networks one was the best PP episode ever.

  • Darren O’Connor

    Biggest problem I’ve seen with Juniper M and MX routers is issues with the kert queue. This is the queue that holds information that goes from the rib into the fib.

    I’ve seen this take anything from 3 to 20 minutes on a current full BGP table. While this happens the router tells it’s peers that it can get to various routes, but packets getting to the router is dropped because the forwarding table has not yet been populated.

    Hence while this is going on, your redundant routers are doing nothing because as far as your first router is concerned, everything is just fine

    • caskings

      I’ve had the same issue in the past with the J series 2320 router.

  • Jason

    The best sponsored show yet. We have a ton of MX in our network and they’re a workhorse.

  • Dan Shechter

    OT – Are there any workbooks for Junos, like the technology labs for the CCIE R&S?

  • normis

    Could anyone point me to the download link of this podcast? I must be blind :)