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Juniper Launches QFabric to Shape Enterprise DC's

Juniper Launches QFabric to Shape Enterprise DC's

Juniper Networks has unveiled QFabric, a network architecture the company sees as potentially changing the shape of enterprise datacentres.

Based on a new architecture which aims to connect all devices in a 'flattened' connection model, QFabric is being touted as a single tier platform that manages enterprise datacentres and network infrastructure through a single device.

In doing so, Juniper said that it can dramatically improve datacentre performance. In trials with a 6,000 port, 3,000 server test network, QFabric was able to improve speeds ten times, using 77 per cent less power and 90 per cent less floor space while requiring 27 per cent fewer devices.

"We are going to transform datacentres on all scales from being slow, expensive and inefficient to being fast, reliable and efficient," said Pradeep Sindhu, Juniper Networks chief technical officer and founder.

"In all cases it would mean that the rate of innovation on this planet is going to take a dramatic upturn as a result of this much compute power."

The actual hardware behind the QFabric system will consist of three distinct components. An x86 'director' appliance, which will occupy two units and manage the system, a one-unit node system which will support up to 64 10GB Ethernet ports, and a pair of interconnect chassis appliances.

The company plans to launch the node device later this quarter as the QFX 3500. The rest of the platform is slated for release in the third quarter of the year.

While the platform is initially going to be limited to datacentres with between 1,000 and 6,000 ports, Juniper eventually plans to extend QFabric to both smaller networks and large-scale deployments with ports numbering in the tens of thousands.

Mike Spanbauer, principal analyst for enterprise networking and datacentre technology at Current Analysis, told V3.co.uk that the company could have the right perspective on alleviating the crunch on datacentres and network infrastructure that large enterprises can present.

"There are customers that have needs that can far exceed anything that can be delivered today," Spanbauer said.

"It seems like from an architecture point of view they are not just putting patches on the datacentre problem," added Geln Hunt, Current Analysis principal transport and routing analyst.


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