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Juniper networks introduces the MetaFabric architecture for next generation cloud data centers

October 30, 2013
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To help enterprise organizations and service providers address the challenges associated with managing multiple, geographically dispersed data centers, Juniper Networks has unveiled MetaFabric, a new architecture for next generation data centers.

MetaFabric simplifies and accelerates the deployment and delivery of applications within and across multiple data center locations. This new architecture enables customers to run data center networks securely and more efficiently through a combination of Juniper’s network innovations, professional services and strategic partnerships.

The Juniper Networks MetaFabric architecture can help network architects accelerate time to value. Delivered via a comprehensive portfolio of switching, routing, orchestration, software-defined networking (SDN) and security solutions as well as technology partnerships, Juniper Networks MetaFabric helps ensure investment protection by allowing organizations to adapt to the changing needs of the data center, without the need to rip and replace existing infrastructures. Additionally, with MetaFabric, customers can optimally deploy, utilise and manage a unified pool of network resources across multiple data centers, achieving greater levels of business agility, cost efficiencies and improving the end user application experience.

News Highlights:

The MetaFabric Architecture – Built on the three guiding principles of ‘open’, ‘simple’ and ‘smart,’ customers can integrate a broad array of hardware and software solutions from Juniper Networks or other networking vendors with the assurance of interoperability and minimal disruption.

Open: Based on open interfaces, MetaFabric integrates with any heterogeneous data center environment without fear of vendor lock-in.

Simple: With a simplified approach, customers can deploy, operate and manage data center networks without application-impacting service interruption, resulting in reduced operating expenses.

Smart: Using built-in intelligence and analytics, customers benefit from a flexible and adaptable data center network that accelerates the adoption of cloud, mobile and big data applications, protecting investments as business needs evolve.

Building Blocks of a MetaFabric Architecture – To ensure full interoperability and seamless integration via multiple deployment options, MetaFabric encompasses new and existing switching, routing, SDN and security offerings, including Juniper’s full suite of security solutions. New products announced today include:

QFX5100 family of 10G and 40G access switches: The QFX5100 family is made up of the most nimble top-of-rack (ToR) switches ever built, providing unmatched flexibility and resilience for the hitless, zero downtime data center.

Unique new SDN and WAN capabilities on MX Series routers: Juniper Networks MX Series 3D Universal Edge Routers can now act as universal SDN gateways to connect physical and virtual networks seamlessly. In addition, Juniper has added support for Ethernet VPN (EVPN), which maximizes performance by creating the most efficient forwarding paths across the WAN.

Highly adaptable SDN solutions for data center optimisation: MetaFabric is the ideal networking foundation for the emerging ecosystem of SDN controllers. Today, Juniper also announced that Juniper Networks Contrail will support VMware ESXi, providing customers with an even broader array of choices. In addition, MetaFabric allows customers to connect Juniper systems directly to OpenStack and CloudStack orchestration platforms, and SDN controllers, such as Juniper Networks Contrail and VMware NSX.

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