Juniper Networks has unveiled new products delivering speed, scale and security improvements to meet the needs of firms grappling with ever-increasing data demands, especially for cloud-focused data centres.
The company’s key announcement was the ExpressPlus custom silicon that can handle data transfers of 500Gbps, or 1Tbps half-duplex, running over five 100GE interfaces, while reducing power demands.
Stuart Borgman, senior director for systems engineering at Juniper, explained that the kit is ideally suited to meeting the demand for ever-growing data traffic now and in the future.
“The market is moving to 100GE but the next phase will be 400GE and this architecture will be able to scale to this next phase of the industry. Our customers need to be 400GE ready,” he said.
Juniper claims that the new router is 81 percent more efficient than similar products from Juniper’s rivals.
“Customers have corporate responsibilities to reduce power consumption, not just from a social point of view but to drive down costs. This platform will help them do that,” added Borgman.
Juniper has put this new ExpressPlus silicon chip into two new products. The PTX5000 router offers 3Tbps per slot (30x100GE interfaces) for a total capacity of 24Tbps (48Tbps half-duplex).
The PTX30000 is designed for small spaces and offers up to 8Tbps or (16Tbps half-duplex).
The second set of announcements was the QFX10000 portfolio of spine switches based on a new Q5 ASIC chip. Juniper said that these will help firms manage larger traffic demands as big data and video use grows.
“QFX10000 is the highest density data centre spine switch portfolio in the industry. It will enable customers to build the largest data centres in the industry,” said Borgman.
This portfolio includes three switches. The QFX10002 is a 100GE spine switch with a 2-rack form factor that can start at 40GE before being upgraded to 100GE as required. This launches in Q2 2015.
The QFX10008 (pictured top of page) is a modular, eight-slot chassis switch that offers 100GE port density for total capacity of 48Tbps. This will launch in Q3 of 2015.
Finally, the QFX10016 offers capacity of 96Tbps on a 16-slot chassis. This launches in 2016.
The final set of innovations focus on speed throughputs and security. Express Path is an optimisation capability for Juniper’s SRX5000 Series Services Gateways to boost throughput to 1Tbps and reduce latency.
On the security side, Juniper has unveiled AppSecure 2.0 for the firm's vSRX virtual firewall, previously called Firefly Perimeter, in an effort to enhance network security in the data centre.
This focus on the rapid growth of data follows the industry’s move to cloud and the need for ever larger data centres.
This is proving a lucrative market for Juniper, as chief financial officer Robyn Denholm explained.
“Cloud is the fastest growing vertical that we have today. Cloud provider and cable company revenues have doubled since 2012, and 25 percent of our revenue comes from these two verticals,” she said.
Juniper's announcement of the new products comes a few months after Shaygan Kheradpir was removed as the firm's chief executive after a board dispute relating to a customer negotiation.
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