Liberty Global rolls out virtualised route reflector

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Liberty Global has deployed Juniper’s virtual route reflector across its network in a bid to cut costs and increase scalability.

The Juniper Networks vMX, a piece of software that runs on generic x86-based servers, will allow Liberty Global to spin up new virtual route reflectors on demand to cater to network growth.

Route reflectors are used to simplify configuration by grouping routers into clusters, fulfilling a key architectural requirement within certain network configurations.

The new approach will be used by Liberty Global to streamline operations and reduce costs in its provision of voice, video and data services.

Liberty Global already uses Juniper’s edge routers, switches and security gateways in its network.

Andy Grotzke, Vice President, Core Network Strategy & Engineering at Liberty Global, said: “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. 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."

Last month BT and Dell announced they would trial new types of virtualised network switches to create more flexible and responsive networks.

France’s Bouygues Telecom deployed Ciena's 6500 Packet-Optical Platform in June.