Juniper’s Smaller QFabric Puts Heat on Cisco
Author: John Duckgeischel on June 12, 2012 - 11:36 PM
Juniper turned up the heat as
it announced its latest fabric switches designed for the middle-size data centers. As the company unveiled extensions to QFabric
and EX8200, it better positions customers to scale networks by-passing the need
for additional tiers of switches. The
low latency solutions make it possible to build single-tier fabrics for the
data center where each switch is virtually one hop away. The new QFX3000-M features a fixed
configuration interconnect which is well suited for mid-sized data centers and
satellite facilities. It works with the
QFX3500 10G nodes, which has been shipping for nine months.
Juniper makes a point that
customers will be able to manage oversubscription access to interconnect by
simply selecting the number of ports configured as server access through uplinks
to interconnect. Available options for
the QFX3000-G and QFX3000-M, allows it to work with QFX3600 as a node for 10G
and for native 40G connectivity.
Currently Juniper claims 150 QFabric customers. The EX8200 is well suited for mix
environments made up of Gigabit Ethernet and 10G. Now using Juniper’s Virtual Chassis
technology, up to eight switches can be linked logically up to 80 kilometers
latest enhancements makes it possible to manage as a single switch a
combination of up to four core networks with two switches.
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