Juniper’s $100 Million Investment in QFabric Architecture Results in Breakthrough Scale, Speed, Savings and Simplicity, Laying Foundation for Datacenters for the Next Decade.
Juniper Networks today unveiled “QFabric”, an architecture that the company is calling “the world’s first true data center fabric” and which promises exponential improvements in data center speed, scale and efficiency. And something the company is confident will help them take a larger chunk of industry leader, Cisco’s core business: the data center.
According to Juniper, the QFabric architecture is up to ten times faster, uses 77 percent less power, requires 27 percent fewer networking devices, occupies 90 percent less data center floor space, and delivers a nine fold reduction in operating resources when compared to Cisco’s Nexus 7000 Series and Nexus 5000 Series platforms.
QFabric is the result of three years of research and development and more than $100 million of investment to create a new architecture that Juniper see as the foundation of data centers for the next decade. Improvements in operating expenses of this magnitude provide significant benefit to customers coping with the growing cost of continuing to scale data centers to drive revenue and meet escalating demands driven by cloud computing and mobile Internet.
QFabric enables exponential improvements in data center speed, scale and efficiency, by removing legacy barriers and improving business agility. Additionally, QFabric’s flat architecture adds an integrated security solution, by putting its recent acquisition of Altor Networks into action, which provides visibility, enforcement and scale across the entire physical and virtual data center fabric.
“Data center compute and storage technologies have advanced over the last decade, and the legacy approach to networking has not kept pace,” said Kevin Johnson, CEO of Juniper Networks. “As cloud computing and the mobile internet accelerate, demand is intensifying for a quantum leap forward in data center capabilities. With QFabric, Juniper is transforming data center economics by introducing the only network fabric that is able to eliminate multiple layers of cost and complexity.”
“QFabric is an evolutionary path to a revolution in computing,” said Pradeep Sindhu, founder and CTO of Juniper Networks. “We have fundamentally reengineered the datacenter network, and with QFabric we address the demand for exponential speed, scale, security and efficiency for the next decade.”
Juniper customers such as NYSE Euronext and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory are already seeing the performance gains that the new architecture is able to deliver.
“Traditional architectures can’t deliver the type of mission critical, high-speed performance our business demands in order to operate most effectively,” commented Andrew Bach, senior vice president, technology, NYSE Euronext. “Juniper’s reduced layer model has shown the capability to provide outstanding results in the rigorous trading environment of NYSE Euronext’s data centers and we’re confident this is the right solution for our business and the millions of customers that rely on our systems every day.”
“Enterprises and service providers must look beyond traditional multi-layered, complex and inflexible data center networks to deliver on the business requirement for a more agile IT infrastructure and technical solutions for virtualization and cloud services,” said Mark Fabbi, vice president, distinguished analyst, Gartner Research. “We’re seeing the emergence of a new concept we call ‘Fabric Computing’ and a new round of network innovation that better meets the needs of the next generation data center.”
The first product in the QFabric family, Juniper Networks QFX3500 is available for order today.