Juniper At 17: Ups And Downs And In Betweens


February 2011: QFabric Revealed

QFabric, which spent years under development as Project Stratus, was supposed to be Juniper's game-changer: a data center fabric meant to collapse traditionally three-layer data center architecture into a single, flat management plane and offer speeds 10 times as fast as comparable systems while requiring 77 percent less power, 27 percent fewer networking devices and occupying 90 percent less physical space. Nearly two years later, QFabric's ramp has been slow, though its defenders point to a longer, more involved sales cycle with customers that will eventually mean bigger returns for patient solution providers.