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Press Release -- May 17th, 2010
Source: Juniper Networks
Tags: Datacenter, Equipment, Ethernet, Router

Juniper Outlines "3-2-1" Architecture to Simplify Data Center Networks

New Switches and Routers Boost Performance Up to 8x, Provide Path to Single Data Center Fabric

SUNNYVALE, Calif., May 17, 2010 — Juniper Networks® (NASDAQ:JNPR, news, filings) today introduced a new “3-2-1” data center network architecture that helps customers flatten and simplify legacy data center networks, reducing them from three to two layers today, and to a single layer in the future with Juniper’s “Project Stratus” fabric. The company also announced delivery of new routers and 10 Gigabit Ethernet switches that yield up to eight-fold improvements in network performance and reduce capital expenditures (CAPEX) by up to 35 percent, along with a data center roadmap that converges networks.

Today’s announcements overcome the “old network” approach of adding more boxes to boost performance, which adds cost and complexity to the data center. Optimizing for economics has typically required sacrificing speed, scalability and other performance needs. Juniper’s “new network” alternative eliminates trade-offs between economics and experience delivering performance in a simplified architecture while helping to eliminate “stranded capital” that results from the under-utilization of existing server and storage assets. Juniper’s unique data center approach is supported by Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) partners IBM and Dell, as well as key customers including NYSE Euronext, and PUMA, among others.

“Juniper has been fundamental in helping us build a faster, simpler and more cost-effective data center network infrastructure,” said Michael P. Diliberto, CIO, “We’ve reduced our network operating costs dramatically by occupying far less rack space and consuming less power than our old gear. It’s rare that you find a technology that helps you reduce cost and increase quality and scalability, while simultaneously increasing speed and agility.”

Juniper’s 3-2-1 architecture helps customers simplify data center networks while simultaneously improving the economics and experience of IT and end users. Customers can now eliminate an entire layer of switching from their networks, delivering lower latency and higher performance, smaller footprint and lower power consumption, simplified management and lower total cost of ownership. By applying Juniper’s Virtual Chassis fabric technology to the access layer, Juniper eliminates the need for aggregation — a primary source of complexity in the data center network — and can reduce the number of switch interactions by up to 99 percent compared to legacy three-layer networks. It also improves application performance by reducing latency up to 77 percent compared to legacy three-layer networks.

“Legacy data center networks are inherently complex, and they often force an unacceptable trade-off between user experience and economics,” said David Yen, executive vice president and general manager, Fabric and Switching Technologies Business Group, Juniper Networks. “Our breakthrough 3-2-1 architecture lays out a clear path to help customers flatten the network and eliminate layers of cost and complexity, while simultaneously improving application and business performance.”

Industry Leaders Support Juniper’s 3-2-1 Vision

“In an increasingly connected world, today’s businesses require a dynamic infrastructure that can improve business agility and scale orders of magnitude without added complexity, as server and storage demands grow,” said Robb Kaufmann, vice president, Global Alliances, IBM. “Juniper shares IBM’s vision for the data center that is more simple, elastic and efficient with the flexibility to support the virtualization and convergence of all data center elements onto a single network fabric.”

“Dell shares Juniper’s values in helping customers reduce cost and complexity while minimizing the trade-offs between economics and capability,” said Brad Anderson, senior vice president, Enterprise Product Group, Dell. “Our customers are asking for an open, innovative approach to more easily secure, manage and improve their application and business performance. Together, Juniper and Dell will help customers advance overall network and data center efficiency.”

Expanded Switching & Routing Portfolio

Juniper’s new routers and 10 Gigabit Ethernet switches, announced today, deliver up to eight-fold improvements in network performance and provide a year-long roadmap for converging network protocols and reducing capital expenditures by up to 35 percent.

Juniper’s switching portfolio now includes the new EX4500 Ethernet switch, which is the first fixed Junos® based switch for 10 GbE networks, and new high-density 10GbE EX8200 line cards — in addition to the existing EX4200 switches that include Virtual Chassis for 1 GbE networks.

Available this month, the EX4500 switch supports up to 48 10 GbE interfaces, consumes 44 percent less power and reduces total cost of ownership by up to 22 percent over competing platforms. The EX4500 switch will add support for Converged Enhanced Ethernet (CEE) and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) expected in second half of the year. Expected in early 2011, the EX4500 switch is on track to add support for Virtual Chassis fabric technology via software and hardware upgrades. The EX4500 is expected to also interoperate with existing EX4200 switches in the same Virtual Chassis, allowing customers to mix 1 GbE and 10 GbE attached devices within the same fabric.

Planned for availability in Q3 2010, the new EX8200-40XS line card brings 10 GbE to the access layer for end-of-row configurations. The new line card will deliver 25 percent greater density per chassis and consumes half the power of competing platforms, reducing rack space and management costs. The EX8200 is expected to add Virtual Chassis support in early 2011. Virtual Chassis will help Juniper customers consolidate devices, interconnections and architectural layers in both data center and campus environments. With the new 40-port line card, the EX8200 with Virtual Chassis technology will enable a common fabric of more than 1200 10 GbE ports.

Juniper also announced general availability of its MX80 3D routers, which enable smaller data centers and remote locations to deliver enterprise services up to eight times faster than competitors. Originally announced as part of the MX 3D family in October 2009, Juniper’s MX80 3D is a powerful 3.5″ edge router that promises to drive down data center capital and operations expenditures by eliminating complex spanning tree and bottlenecks from scaling. The MX80 plans to add support for Virtual Chassis as a separate license, expected in the second half of 2011, allowing data centers to extend virtualization and link network resources together to create more efficient and agile IT infrastructures.

“The transition to highly virtualized datacenters enables organizations to create the optimal balance between costs and innovation,” said Cindy Borovick, vice president, Datacenter Networks, IDC. “Juniper’s new routers, switches and 3-2-1 architecture provide a path for Juniper to deliver a simplified, trusted, rapidly provisioned data center network.”

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