Juniper's founder and CTO Pradeep Sindhu says customers could migrate to the new fabric gradually even if they currently use another vendor's gear. As current network equipment is refreshed, modules of QFabric could be deployed in tandem with legacy infrastructure. Because the Juniper line uses standard interfaces - Ethernet and Fibre Channel - it can interface with other products.
QFabric won't be limited to data centers, Sindhu says. Later this year the company will explain how it can be worked into the WAN so data centers can be connected with improved performance.
Nolle says this is important because it would enable a scalable cloud infrastructure that can truly disperse resources anywhere yet provide reliable and predictable performance.
The QF Director is an x86 server with gigabit Ethernet ports connecting to all of the nodes in the data center. The QF Interconnect Chassis supports 128 QSFP ports at wire speed. The QFX3500 has 48 10G Etherenet QSFP+ ports as well as 2G, 4G and 8G Fibre Channel interfaces and four QSFP 40G Ethernet uplinks.
Andrew Bach, senior vice president of technology for the New York Stock Exchange says he is in the middle of two months of testing the new Juniper gear and that so far the results are promising. He says they seem to meet Juniper's performance claims and that if they live up to the company's claims, will enable the exchange to avoid its drastically accelerating traffic from overwhelming its data centers.
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