Juniper Unveils MetaFabric, a New Network Architecture for Hosting Providers

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To help hosting providers and enterprise organizations address the challenges associated with managing multiple, geographically dispersed data centers, Juniper Networks has unveiled MetaFabric, a new architecture for next generation data centers. Last week, the network vendor also launched its flagship QFX5100 family of data center access switches, as a foundational element of MetaFabric.

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Juniper QFX5100 family of data center access switches

MetaFabric would simplify and accelerate the deployment and delivery of applications within and across multiple data center locations. Delivered via a comprehensive portfolio of switching, routing, orchestration, software-defined networking (SDN) and security solutions as well as technology partnerships, Juniper Networks MetaFabric would help ensure investment protection by allowing organizations to adapt to the changing needs of the data center, without the need to rip and replace existing infrastructures.

Additionally, with MetaFabric, customers would be able to optimally deploy, utilize and manage a unified pool of network resources across multiple data centers, achieving greater levels of business agility, cost efficiencies and improving the end user application experience.

Key-characteristics of MetaFabric:

  • Open – Based on open interfaces, MetaFabric integrates with any heterogeneous data center environment without fear of vendor lock-in.
  • Simple – With a simplified approach, customers can deploy, operate and manage data center networks without application-impacting service interruption, resulting in reduced operating expenses.
  • Smart – Using built-in intelligence and analytics, customers benefit from a flexible and adaptable data center network that accelerates the adoption of cloud, mobile and big data applications, protecting investments as business needs evolve.
  • To ensure full interoperability and seamless integration via multiple deployment options, MetaFabric encompasses new and existing switching, routing, SDN and security offerings, including Juniper’s full suite of security solutions.

NEW – Juniper QFX5100 data center access switches

At the same time, Juniper Networks has launched its flagship QFX5100 family of data center access switches which enable customers to achieve increased network performance, greater operational flexibility and higher availability.

A foundational element of the Juniper Networks MetaFabric Architecture, the new QFX5100 family would provide tremendous architectural flexibility for the hitless, zero downtime data center.

Innovations in the Junos operating system (OS) enable the QFX5100 family to deliver advanced availability features to help organizations deliver maximum application uptime. In addition, the QFX5100 family offers the most comprehensive suite of Layer 2 and Layer 3 features available in this class of switching products.

Key-features of QFX5100 switches:

  • Flexible Deployment Options – The QFX5100 family can be deployed within multiple fabric architecture options, allowing customers to address their current and future business needs while retaining complete investment protection. Because the QFX5100 utilizes open interfaces, it can support additional fabric architectures, such as Leaf/Spine and Layer 3-based designs.
  • Hitless Data Center Operations – By offering Topology-independent In-Service Software Upgrade capabilities (TISSU), the QFX5100 family allows network administrators to perform software upgrades without impacting application delivery. In addition, the QFX5100 starts up quickly for high availability and reduced failover times.
  • Automation and Orchestration – The QFX5100 family includes an array of features for simplified management through Junos OS, Junos Space Network Director and Network Director APIs. This enables Zero Touch Provisioning and orchestration with OpenStack, CloudStack, Puppet and Chef.
  • Insight Technology for Advanced Analytics – The QFX5100 provides dynamic buffer utilization monitoring and reporting to provide detailed insight and data on network traffic that allows network administrators to make informed network design decisions and identify network hotspots proactively.
  • Advanced Software Capabilities – The QFX5100 provides rich Layer 2 and Layer 3 features, including MPLS, BGP Add-Path, L3VPN and FCoE support. In addition, it supports network overlays including VXLAN and eventually NVGRE, as well as SDN controllers, such as Juniper Networks Contrail and VMware NSX.