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Juniper rewires the data center

Jim Duffy | March 13, 2015
Introduction of QFX10000, new fabric make QFabric an island unto itself.

With the QFX10000 as the data center spine, QFX5100 as the leaf and Junos Fusion as the fabric manager, Juniper looks to have all the pieces in place to replace QFabric -- which has been criticized for being too proprietary for large-scale market adoption and limited in network scalability -- element-for-element. But the company remains steadfast that QFabric is not being phased out as yet, that a development roadmap remains for the product.

"We're continuing to invest on all of our (product) portfolios," says Jonathan Davidson, executive vice president and general manager of Juniper Development and Innovation. "We continue on the continuity of the path customers have invested in."

"Scale demands from our customers lead to the QFX10000," said Jennifer Blatnik, Juniper vice president of cloud marketing.

In the race for 100G density, the QFX10000 currently outpaces Huawei's CE12816, which supports 192 100G ports, and Arista's 7500E, which support 96 100Gs.

The QFX10002 will ship first, in the second quarter. Pricing was not disclosed.

Juniper also this week enhanced its physical and virtual SRX firewalls. It unveiled Express Path, a services offload capability for the SRX5000 Series Services Gateways designed to boost throughput, reduce latency and improve session scalability to organizations, and enabling the firewall to keep pace with volumes of data traffic on the network.


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