New Juniper core routers within Smartdc

Recently, both i3D.net core routers in the Smartdc data center have been successfully replaced with Juniper MX10008 routers.
Because of the continuously increasing data traffic volume and the expanding routing tables, the old core routers within the data center were replaced with newer models that offer more bandwidth, computing power, and memory.

Network requirements from i3D.net

i3D.net, our sister company, is one of the leading providers in the field of global game hosting. Every day, millions of gamers use i3D.net servers to play. A large part of these servers is located at the Smartdc data center in Rotterdam.

i3D.net is connected to the most prominent service providers and internet exchanges globally, with its own backbone over several fibers. With Smartdc, it’s possible to connect directly into the i3D.net network.

i3D.net serves both game publishers and enterprise customers. In addition to solid hosting through dedicated servers, these organizations need secure and flexible networks that deliver high performance with the lowest possible latency, and that’s why i3D.net is constantly expanding and improving its network.

What does a core router do?

The core routers within Smartdc are at the heart of the i3D.net network. Core routers are responsible for controlling data traffic within a network and act as the network’s backbone. These routers are optimized for sending high bandwidth volumes through the network.

The need for new routers

The continuous technological improvements combined with the rapid growth of i3D.net sped up replacing the current core routers. i3D.net looked for core routers with 100Gbit and 400Gbit connections, offering efficient power consumption, less rack space, and automation options in the selection process. When looking for solutions, the choice ultimately fell on Juniper Networks.

“The MX10008 Universal Routing Platform from Juniper Networks meets all of our requirements.”

- Edwin Verwoerd, Network Architect at i3D.net

Benefits of the Juniper MX10008

The new Juniper MX10008 offers many benefits. Due to the growing demand for data traffic, there is a need for more bandwidth. Therefore, this upgrade was necessary with companies using more data and the upcoming construction of the 5G network in the Netherlands. With a 5G network, more significant amounts of data will be processed, stored, and distributed, which requires higher bandwidth. Expanding to 100 Gbit ports with the possibility of further expanding to 400 Gbit ports was necessary for the data center. The MX Platform offers improved performance and flexibility needed for this.

The new generation of routers is more energy-efficient, which means that we can save more energy and keep the costs of running our powerhouses low.

“Most routers on the market use side-to-side cooling. The Juniper Networks MX10008, on the other hand, uses front-to-back cooling, which is much more efficient for a data center. Another advantage is that the new routers are only 13U high, which saves rack space. Moreover, these routers use much less power than the old routers. If we look purely at our energy bill, we have already earned back the MX10008 within a few years. In addition to saving on costs and space, the Juniper routers offer more automation options. ”

- Stefan Ideler, CTO at i3D.net

One supplier, one platform

For some time, i3D.net used to work with different suppliers for firewalls, switches, and routers. These suppliers worked with different Operating Systems (OS) and required different certifications. Since it proved inefficient, i3D.net decided to work with only one supplier from now on.

Juniper works with one generic OS, called Junos, which is used on all Juniper equipment. This means that staff certification courses apply to the entire Juniper portfolio, allowing all employees to work with Juniper more efficiently.

“The entire i3D.net network team is trained to work with Junos and has obtained various Juniper certificates, which means we don't have to train them for other software systems for routers.”

- Edwin Verwoerd, Network Architect at i3D.net
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