Juniper Networks Introduces Junos Software Disaggregation to Expand Customer Choice and Network Automation

At its NXTWORK 2015 Customer Summit, Juniper Networks has unveiled a disaggregated version of its Junos software to provide customers with ultimate choice in data center deployment options. Through disaggregation of Junos software, customers will have the ability to deploy third-party network services or applications directly on Juniper platforms as well as have the option to program directly to Juniper systems using the supported Open Compute Project (OCP) defined software model.

With the disaggregated Junos software, customers will for the first time be able to develop and install third-party applications directly on supported Juniper switching systems, as well as run the disaggregated Junos software on Open Network Install Environment (ONIE) compliant third-party switches.

100GbE

At the same time, Juniper Networks has introduced their QFX5200 line of access switches, the first platform to run the disaggregated Junos software as well as support the emerging 25 and 50 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) standard. Combined, the switches and software would provide high quality network automation and programmability while providing customers flexibility in purchasing hardware separately from software with a pay-for-what-you-need software-licensing model.

The just introduced QFX5200 access switches with multi-speed capability from 10GbE to 100GbE would enable customers to migrate to higher port speeds and support 25GbE/50GbE without costly upgrades. With 25GbE, customers would get 2.5 times the performance over 10GbE while using existing cabling infrastructure.

QFX5200 switches support the disaggregated version of the Junos software, combining “high-performance” switching with the flexibility, power and functionality of a quad-core server CPU.

A new pricing model for the QFX5200 will allow customers to purchase Junos software and the QFX5200 hardware platform either together or separately.

Cloud Orchestration

juniper-networksAt its NXTWORK 2015 Customer Summit, Juniper Networks highlighted the rapid implementation of its Juniper Networks MetaFabric architecture and Juniper Networks Contrail software-defined networking (SDN) technologies across converged and hyper-converged stack solutions. Juniper’s MetaFabric and Contrail solutions provide customers with an open, plug-and-play infrastructure to quickly deploy data center and cloud networks.

At NXTWORK 2015, Juniper also introduced Cloud CPE, a fully automated, end-to-end network functions virtualization solution that is built on an open framework to help customers deliver new services at scale. Cloud CPE includes Contrail Service Orchestration, a comprehensive management and orchestration platform to deliver and manage virtualized network services, and NFX250, the first in a series of network services platforms that can operate as secure, on-premises devices running multiple virtual network functions, from Juniper Networks and third-parties, simultaneously.

OpenStack, Apache, Netconf

Managed through Junos Space Network Director, customers can control the entire enterprise network through a single pane of glass. Also, with Juniper’s Network Director Management Pack for VMware vRealize Operations, in addition to interoperability with VMware vCenter Server, users have visibility into the health, capacity and performance of the enterprise network infrastructure, further simplifying physical and virtual network control and management.

cloud-hosting-security-juniperUsing an open platform approach, Juniper provides open access to Linux so customers can freely orchestrate third-party applications using OpenStack, Apache, Netconf or other tools. This new level of network services modularity would enable easy integration with customer applications, SDN controllers and orchestration tools.

With support for MPLS, BGP, EVPN-VXLAN and a “robust” L2/L3 feature, Juniper would give customers options to design, architect and automate the ideal overlay network with the best underlay infrastructure.

Furlow consulting