Juniper introduces Qfabric - a data center fabric

by CXOtoday Staff    Feb 24, 2011

data centreJuniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR) today unveiled QFabric, a data center fabric, which is meant to deliver quantum leap improvements in data center performance, operating cost and business agility, from the enterprise to the large scale cloud provider. The solution is an outcome of ‘Project Stratus’, Juniper’s data center network research and development initiative, it informed.

“Data center compute and storage technologies have advanced over the last decade, and the legacy approach to networking has not kept pace,” remarked Kevin Johnson, CEO, Juniper Networks. “As cloud computing and the mobile Internet accelerate, demand is intensifying for a quantum leap forward in data center capabilities.”

It enables a better approach to building and securing virtualized data centers that eliminates the tradeoff between quality of experience and economics that plagues today’s legacy networks. Its flat architecture also enables the integrated security solution that provides visibility, enforcement and scale across the entire physical and virtual data center fabric.

QFabric delivers on Juniper’s 3-2-1 data center network architecture — collapsing the traditional three-layer network down to a single, high-performance layer. Juniper stated that 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 than the nearest competitive offering.

“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,” commented Pradeep Sindhu, founder and CTO, Juniper Networks.

QFabric is composed of three components that create a high-performance, low latency fabric, unleashing the full power of the data center. The QF/Node acts as the distributed decision engine of the fabric; the QF/Interconnect is the high speed transport device; and the QF/Director delivers a common window, controlling all devices as one.

The QFX3500, the first product in the family is available and capable of operating as a stand-alone 64-port 10Gigabit Ethernet switch with FCoE and Fiber Channel gateway functionality.

Juniper partners IBM, NetApp, CA Technologies and VMware believe that the QFabric architecture will help address market requirements for data center networking and cloud. 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.