Juniper provides Ethernet switching to large Chinese television company

Juniper Networks (Sunnyvale, Calif.), a networking systems provider, on Monday announced that Youku.com Inc, a Beijing-based Internet television company, has deployed a new Ethernet switching infrastructure running on Juniper’s operating system in its data center and Content Delivery Network.

According to Youku, since its creation in 2006, it has aimed to be the primary source of online video content for Chinese Internet users across all Internet-enabled devices. Youku has adopted a hybrid content strategy by licensing long-form, professionally produced content, while fostering user generated content and original web videos produced under its brand "Youku Original."

Youku had approximately 231 million unique monthly visitors from homes and offices in March 2011 and approximately 52 million from Internet cafes in February 2011, according to iResearch, a market researching company.

"Internet video is really taking off in China and we are determined to remain at the forefront of this market," said Jian Yao, chief technology officer of Youku.

According to Youku, within its data center, the EX Series switches have enabled both internal and external networks to collapse multiple switching layers to create a two-layer network architecture. The internal network uses Juniper Networks EX8216 modular switches which, through Virtual Chassis fabric technology, have been interconnected to create a single, logical device that forms a large Layer 2 core domain. This is connected to EX3200 access switches using dual 10GbE uplinks configured into Redundant Trunk Groups.

On the external network, EX4200 switches deployed in a Virtual Chassis configuration form the switching core, with multiple 10GbE links to service provider routers and redundant link-aggregated GbE connections to Juniper Networks EX2200 access switches.

At Youku's remote caching sites, Juniper Networks EX3200 switches have been deployed to support 10GbE uplinks to the service provider and GbE link aggregation groups connecting to EX2200 access switches, according to Youku.

"Projections are that video will account for 50 % of all Internet traffic by 2014 so, as a streaming video service provider addressing the world's largest Internet-connected population, Youku needs reliable, highly-scalable network performance," said Alex Gray, general manager and senior vice president, campus and branch business unit, Juniper Networks.

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