Juniper Transforms Data Center Economics and Experience

The economic model that built the Internet is breaking. From the first Web browsers in the early 1990s to today’s 1.7 billion users, the Internet has grown exponentially, and traffic will grow almost 30-fold by 2020. With the advent of the ‘Connected Culture’ of device proliferation, content consumption, connected socialisation and machine-to-machine communications bringing more congestion, organisations need ways to grow network performance while ensuring high security and reliability. Yet the costs to continue building the Net will increase 18 - 20% every year from now to 2020, while revenue from Internet services will only increase 5% a year, according to vendors and analysts. Flatter revenue means less reinvestment in Internet extension and innovation – without which, access costs will go up, service quality will go down, and growth will die. Juniper Networks estimates the ‘breaking point’ may occur as soon as 2014.

Juniper Networks sees simplicity as the solution, by collapsing data center architectures to enable the exponential scaling in performance, security and reliability needed to meet future networking demands and leverage cloud solutions; eliminating trade-offs between economics and experience by enabling IT to simplify, share, secure and automate data center networks. This new network approach requires less capital to build and scales efficiently in multiple dimensions, reducing cost and complexity with a new information infrastructure, partnerships, software applications, and routing & switching hardware that extend virtualization and enable new solutions for data center consolidation, unified communications, videoconferencing and cloud services.

Juniper has therefore today unveiled new switches, routers, software and services designed to help enterprise IT reduce the cost and complexity of data center networking while improving application and business performance. Taken together, Juniper says the new products and services can dramatically increase performance, while reducing operational time and cost by eliminating the need to acquire additional products to boost performance, and decreasing the number of switching tiers in a network. Juniper is proposing a "3-2-1" data center network architecture designed to allow customers to flatten and simplify legacy data center networks. Juniper’s Virtual Chassis fabric technology, in which 10 Juniper fixed-configuration switches can be interconnected to support hundreds of Gigabit Ethernet ports, can reduce three layers to two today,Juniper's Project Stratus to collapse the infrastructure to one layer in the future.

Juniper rolled out new routers and 10 Gigabit Ethernet switches including the EX 4500, a 48-port, top-of-rack 10G Ethernet switch that will support Virtual Chassis in a future release. The EX 4500 is Converged Enhanced Ethernet and Data Center Bridging -capable. CEE and DCB are emerging technologies and standards for making Ethernet a lossless fabric for the data center, capable of supporting storage traffic, such as FibreChannel, for converged storage and server access. Juniper also unveiled a 40-port 10G Ethernet line card for its EX 8200 core switch to position the 8200 as an end-of-row switch for aggregating multiple 10G links from servers and server switches.

The new MX 80 3D Ethernet edge services router incorporates the Trio chipset Juniper unveiled last autumn that's designed to dynamically and simultaneously support more subscribers, services and bandwidth. The MX 3D is designed for virtual machine mobility between data centers interconnected by Ethernet Virtual Private LAN Services (VPLS) – which provides a single Layer 2 domain between these data centers, in effect providing the stitching in a cloud infrastructure. New software includes four JUNOS Space applications. They are Virtual Control, Ethernet Design, Security Design and Services Insight.

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