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Juniper unveils new fabric switch, architecture

Jim Duffy | Oct. 30, 2013
QFX5100 ushers in QFabric alternative; MetaFabric combines Juniper switches, routers, SDN into fabric WAN

In addition to the QFX5100, Juniper also rolled out enhancements to other MetaFabric products in order to aid in implementation of the fabric. On the MX routers, Juniper added support for Ethernet VPN for tunneling Ethernet traffic across the WAN between data centers.

Juniper also added support for VMware's ESXi hypervisor to its Contrail SDN controller so that the widely installed service virtualization platform can be a participant in MetaFabric. MetaFabric also supports VMware's NSX network virtualization controller, and OpenStack and Cloudstack cloud orchestration platforms.

Juniper has a MetaFabric Reference Architecture to demonstrate interoperability in a VMware virtualized data center, along with EMC storage and IBM compute systems running Microsoft applications. Juniper also has professional services to assist customers in implementing a MetaFabric.

The QFX5100-48S, with 48 x 10G capacity, is priced at $30,000. The QFX5100-24Q, with 32 x 40G capacity, is priced at $40,000. The 48S will be available in late November and the 24Q will be available in January.


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