Service providers are increasingly looking to optimize their network design and reduce operational complexity in order to minimize totalcost of ownership, contain operational risk, and reduce environmental impact. Traditionally, service providers use a variety of appliances to deliver and monitor services and ensure security; however, this approach becomes more inefficient, complex, expensive, and risky as network scale and service offerings increase.
ACG Research compares network upgrades for two hypothetical operators. Operator 1 implements a traditional appliance-based edge network, and Operator 2 implements a converged edge network utilizing the Juniper Networks MX960 hosting both routing and services. Among other findings, the research establishes that the converged MX960 solution demonstrates up to 49 percent lower TCO and 64 percent lower environmental emissions than the traditional appliance-based service delivery method.
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