Juniper Evolves Data Center Strategy With New MetaFabric Architecture, Switch Series

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Like QFabric, a number of other Juniper technologies are underpinning MetaFabric. Among them is Juniper's new QFX5100 family of switches, also introduced Tuesday. The QFX5100 is a fixed configuration, top-of-rack switch offered in a variety of options, including a 32-port 40G switch as well as 72- and 96-port 10G switches.

Juniper said the QFX5100 family also supports its existing architectures, such as QFabric and the Virtual Chassis Fabric.

Also supporting the MetaFabric are updated version of Juniper's MX Series routers that support Ethernet VPN (EVPN), a feature Juniper says maximizes performance by carving out the most efficient forwarding path across the WAN.

Juniper's Marcellin also said the company's Junos Space Network Director network management platform -- which, until today, has been exclusive to campus network environments -- can now be used in the data center. This means Network Director can be used to manage and provision the MetaFabric architecture.

"Really, now we have a single tool for that campus and data center environment," Marcellin said.

To complement the MetaFabric launch, Marcellin said Juniper is rolling out a set of "MetaFabric Professional Services" through its channel to help customers plan, design and implement the solution.

"What we wanted to do is, since we are coming out with a lot of new stuff here, we've defined a blueprint for a set of professional services engagements that can help our customers understand what this is, help them implement, and help them evolve what they have already invested in to this new world," Marcellin said.


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