Juniper Networks unveils spine switches and more

Juniper Networks has announced QFX10000, its spine switches, an enhanced Converged Supercore Architecture and Express Path, an optimization capability.

The benefits from Juniper Networks’ new offerings will include enhanced network performance, automation and scale. With this, enterprises and service providers can meet the growing demands on their IT infrastructure.

Juniper is preparing its customers for the accelerated pace of change as by 2020 there will be 7.6 billion internet users with 50 billion connected devices accessing data.

The company unveiled the new products at its 2015 Innovation Showcase.

“The announcements today across our routing, switching, security and silicon portfolio reflect a major leap forward in both networking performance and automation-areas that are critical to helping customers transform their business models to capitalize on new growth opportunities,” said Rami Rahim, chief executive officer, Juniper Networks.

Juniper Networks CEO Rami Rahim

Juniper said the QFX10000, a new line of spine switches, will offer unprecedented scale, automation and performance to all types of data centers and cloud deployments. Seamless integration with a range of orchestration, automation and management solutions will simplify and automate network management and provisioning.

In a statement, Juniper said its enhanced Converged Supercore Architecture is based on the PTX core router and enterprises can better manage their networks by combining the ExpressPlus chip, an advanced new custom silicon with improved hardware capacity and expanded software based traffic optimization via the NorthStar Controller to achieve new levels of efficiency in IP networking.

Juniper has also mentioned about the availability of Express Path, an optimization capability that delivers powerful performance enhancements to Juniper Networks SRX5000 Series Service Gateways. Express Path will boost throughput, reduce latency and improve session scalability to organizations, enabling the firewall to keep pace with the massive volumes of data traffic on the network.

Juniper introduced QFX10000 line of spine switches and the new Junos Fusion for data centers to help public and private cloud customers as well as traditional IT data centers deploy small to internet scale networks. The QFX10000 are the first data centers switches powered by Juniper’s new Q5 chip. To reduce network complexity and capital expenditure the QFX10000 collapses spine, core and data center edge capabilities into a single platform.

Juniper unveiled Enhanced Converged Supercore which includes new custom silicon, updates to Juniper Networks PTX Series router and expanded software defined networking (SDN) capabilities. The new ExpressPlus silicon will deliver four times the performance and three times the efficiency gains over Juniper’s previous generation Express chipset. The chip is capable of performing more than 1.5 billion filtered operations per second and scaling up to 500 Gbps.

Apart from Express Path, Juniper announced new application security capabilities with AppSecure 2.0 for its virtual firewall vSRX to deliver enhanced protection for cloud and hybrid data centers. The vSRX portfolio of software based network and security services can be used in conjunction with a variety of network function virtualization (NFV) and software defined networking (SDN) solutions such as Juniper Contrail, OpenContrail and third party SDN solutions.

Shilpa Khatri
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