Service Provider Technologies

The MX Platform

The Juniper MX series are an industry leading Internet routing platform, offering enterprises and service providers a vast suite of functionality, that’s suited to many different network environments.

The MX system can be deployed in a range different chassis and form factor sizes; beginning with the software based vMX, that can support up to 80Gb of throughput, with just 2GB RAM and moderate processing power.

For bleeding edge requirements the MX product line scales up to the MX2020, which can utilise the latest generation of trio line cards, with a single system having the capability to forward traffic at rates that go beyond 80Tbps.

Service Provider Technologies

There are eight technology areas that are fundamental to the study of Internet service provider technologies, all of which can be deployed on Juniper MX hardware.

The sections detailing the study of these technologies are summarised below, with bullet points listing the specific protocols that will are relevant. Each technology area and protocol is listed under the menu titled “Service Provider Technologies”.

The study begins with an overview of each protocol being studied. This then follows with detailed theoretical sections, and then further validation using eight different lab environments.

Lab Environment

The lab environment will be entirely virtualised using Unified Network Lab (UNL) to simulate the eight different topologies.

vMX will be used for all nodes within each lab. A reference topology will be used for the majority of the labs, however additional nodes will be added and removed when specific topologies have a requirement to do so.

IP Routing

  • OSPFv2
  • OSPFv3
  • Routing Policy
  • Integrated IS-IS
  • Generated Routes
  • Aggregated Routes
  • Static Routes
  • BGP4


  • LDP
  • BFD



  • MP-BGP
  • Layer 2 VPNs
    • Martini Signalling
    • Kompella
  • VPLS
  • Layer 3 VPNs

Interprovider VPNs

  • Inter-AS VPNs
    • Option A/B/C
  • Carrier-of-Carrier VPNs

Class of Service

  • CoS
  • DSCP


  • MSDP
  • PIM
  • Draft Rosen and NG MVPN

Device Infrastructure

  • High Availability
  • Security and Monitoring
  • Automation