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Juniper's QFabric arrives as competition heats up among vendors all looking at how to address virtualization requirements and simplicity in the data center.
Brocade, for example, last summer introduced Brocade One, a strategy encompassing converged fabric products with a simple architecture. In the fall, Brocade trotted out a family of 10 Gigabit Ethernet switches, VDX, optimized for flatter data center deployments and based off of Brocade's Virtual Clustering Switching format.
Cisco, Juniper's principal data networking rival, has FabricPath, a virtual networking technology founded on the TRILL (Transparent Interconnection of Lots of Links) standard.
John McCool, Cisco's senior vice president and general manager, data center, switching and services group, pointed to Cisco's own data center fabric successes.
"Cisco's standards-based architectural approach combining unified computing, a unified fabric, and unified network services provides a stronger foundation than fragmented point-product approaches," said McCool in a statement e-mailed to CRN. "For example, the Nexus platform supports a unified fabric and we announced last June, Nexus 7000 FabricPath, a standards-based 'flat network' solution to accelerate virtualization and cloud computing."