Enterprise IT vendor Juniper Networks today unveiled a new version of Junos software to provide better choice in data center deployments.
Unveiled at its NXTWORK 2015 Customer Summit, the disaggregated version of Junos software will enable customers to deploy third-party network services or applications directly on Juniper platforms as well as have the option to program directly to Juniper systems using the supported Open Compute Project (OCP) defined software model.
Meanwhile, Juniper introduced the QFX5200 line of access switches, the first platform to run the disaggregated
Junos software as well as support the emerging 25 and 50 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) standard.
Juniper highlighted the implementation of its Juniper NetworksMetaFabric architecture and Juniper Networks Contrail software-defined networking (SDN) technologies across converged and hyper-converged stack solutions.
With the disaggregated Junos software, customers will be able to develop and install third-party applications directly on supported Juniper switching systems, as well as run the disaggregated Junos software on Open Network Install Environment (ONIE) compliant third-party switches.
Juniper provides open access to Linux so customers can freely orchestrate third-party applications using OpenStack, Apache, Netconf or other tools. This new level of network services modularity enables easy integration with customer applications, SDN controllers and orchestration tools.
With support for MPLS, BGP, EVPN-VXLAN and the most robust L2/L3 feature set in the industry, Juniper gives customers options to design, architect and automate the ideal overlay network with the best underlay infrastructure.
At NXTWORK 2015, Juniper introduced Cloud CPE, a fully automated, end-to-end network functions virtualization solution.
Cloud CPE includes Contrail Service Orchestration, a management and orchestration platform to deliver and manage virtualized network services, and NFX250, a network services platforms that can operate as secure, on-premises devices running multiple virtual network functions, from Juniper and third-parties, simultaneously.
The IT market for open networking using bare metal switching is giving customers an independent choice of switch OS and applications eliminating lock-in, and is expected to represent just over 25-percent of all data center Ethernet switch ports shipped by 2019, according to Clifford Grossner, research director — Data Center at Cloud and SDN at IHS.
“We have long used Juniper Networks in our data centers to provide the best network solution for our customers, and the new products announced today are certainly strong additions to Juniper’s simple, open and smart MetaFabric architecture,” said Darrell Hyde, chief technology officer at HOSTING.
Juniper Networks announced an expansion of its Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) portfolio that enables service providers to create and automatically deploy new services faster than ever before at scale.
Global service providers are looking to software-defined networking (SDN) and NFV to automate cumbersome manual tasks and increase agility in rolling out virtually managed services at the touch of a button, resulting in better revenue-generating opportunities, lower costs and enhanced customer satisfaction.