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The Juniper Networks Multiservices PICs (MS-PICs) are modules that supply hardware acceleration for an array of packet processing-intensive services. Today these services include stateful firewall, Network Address Translation (NAT), IPSec, anomaly detection, L2TP LNS, J-Flow accounting, link services, and tunnel services. This wide array of services enables service providers to secure their network infrastructure; to collect rich statistics for billing, capacity planning, and security purposes; and to deliver revenue-generating services, all with a single module.
The MS-PIC implements all services on the router itself, eliminating discrete devices and layers of network and management complexity, resulting in lower cost of ownership. The modules can provide hardware acceleration for any PIC present in the router chassis, so that providers can deliver consistent services across all interfaces. Multiple MS-PICs can be deployed in one router, increasing performance incrementally and cost-effectively, to meet growing demand. Packing all these services onto a single PIC enables providers to conserve Flexible PIC Concentrator (FPC) slots in their routers, reduce capital expenses, and dramatically simplify sparing.