Juniper adds data center access switches QFX5100

Networking vendor Juniper Networks on Tuesday launched its data center access switches — QFX5100.

QFX5100, according to Juniper Networks, enables enterprise customers to achieve increased network performance, better operational flexibility and higher availability, said Juniper Networks in a statement.

The company said new innovations in the Junos operating system (OS) enable the QFX5100 family to deliver better features to help organizations deliver maximum application uptime. In addition, the QFX5100 family offers comprehensive suite of Layer 2 and Layer 3 features available in this class of switching products.

“Whether the data center is a single site or part of a global network, Juniper’s QFX5100 switches provide the most nimble and highly available solution for small, medium and large scale environments,” said Jonathan Davidson, senior vice president and general manager, Campus and Data Center Business Unit, Juniper Networks.

Juniper adds data center access switches QFX5100

There are multiple benefits to data center CIOs. First, QFX5100 can be deployed within multiple fabric architecture options, allowing customers to address their current and future business needs while retaining complete investment protection.

Second, the QFX5100 family supports existing Juniper architectures including Virtual Chassis and QFabric — scaling from two to 128 nodes — as well as new and innovative architectures, such as Virtual Chassis Fabric. Because the QFX5100 utilizes open interfaces, it can support additional fabric architectures, such as Leaf/Spine and Layer 3-based designs.

Third, QFX5100 family allows network administrators to perform software upgrades without impacting application delivery. In addition, the QFX5100 starts up quickly for high availability and reduced failover times.

Fourth, QFX5100 family includes an array of features for simplified management through Junos OS, Junos Space Network Director and Network Director APIs. This enables Zero Touch Provisioning and orchestration with OpenStack, CloudStack, Puppet and Chef.

In addition, the QFX5100 provides dynamic buffer utilization monitoring and reporting to provide detailed insight and data on network traffic that allows network administrators to make informed network design decisions and identify network hotspots proactively.

Juniper said the QFX5100 provides rich Layer 2 and Layer 3 features, including MPLS, BGP Add-Path, L3VPN and FCoE support. In addition, it supports network overlays including VXLAN and eventually NVGRE, as well as SDN controllers, such as Juniper Networks Contrail and VMware NSX.

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