Juniper Networks is rolling out hardware, software and services as part of its push to simplify the data center network. The announcements are part of Juniper's Project Stratus strategy of collapsing the network infrastructure from three to two layers, then from two to one in the next year. The effort relies heavily on automation and virtualization capabilities.
Juniper Networks officials plan to continue flattening the data center
networking infrastructure as they move toward a single-tiered offering starting
sometime in 2011.
During a news conference and Webcast May 17, Juniper executives
outlined the company's 3-2-1
strategy, saying they are anticipating the collapse of the networking infrastructure
to a single layer in 2011 through the company's Project Stratus effort,
introducing such features as greater automation and virtualization
However, for now, Juniper is unveiling a host of new products
and services designed to help businesses reduce the number of networking layers
in their data centers from three to two.
"We're at an inflection point, the transformation of what
we call the virtual data center," Juniper CEO
Kevin Johnson said during the press conference.
Juniper's announcements come as network vendors, including
Cisco Systems, Brocade Communications Systems and Extreme Networks, look to
play a larger role in the evolution of the data center.
For example, Cisco already is extending its reach through its
new server business and partnerships with storage giant EMC
and virtualization technology maker VMware. Extreme is building out its
strategy for helping
from traditional physical data center infrastructures
to virtualized ones.
Right now, Johnson said, networking infrastructures are too
complex, slow, costly and inefficient. As businesses look to increase the
performance of their data centers while driving down the costs, companies like
Juniper and its competitors will have to help meet that demand, Johnson and
other executives said.
Cutting out entire layers in the network can lead to reductions
in latency of up to 85 percent and TCO of
almost 40 percent, according to Juniper.
"The old network needs to change," Mike Banic, vice
president of enterprise marketing, said during the event.
Juniper is rolling out the EX 4500, a 48-port 10 Gigabit
Ethernet switch that, being CEE (Converged Enhanced Ethernet)-capable, pushes
forward the idea of a converged networking layer. It's also Data
Center Bridging-capable. With both
abilities, the switch can support multiple traffic sources-such as storage on
Fibre Channel-and can be used for both servers and storage.
The EX 8200 40-port 10G Ethernet core switch also offers CEE
capabilities, while the MX 80 3D Ethernet edge services router offers greater
virtual machine mobility between data centers that are connected by Ethernet
VPLS (Virtual Private LAN Services), Banic
Juniper also is unveiling four new applications based on Junos
Space, a development and deployment platform the company first rolled out in
October. Included is Virtual Control, which is designed to enable
administrators to manage physical and virtual networks from a common interface.
Juniper is working with VMware to make use of that company's APIs with Virtual
The Ethernet Design management software lets businesses power
up or down the network as needed depending on demand from users and
applications. Through the automated capabilities in the software, network
administrators can manage thousands of network devices as easily as one, the
Security Design is designed to enable simpler management of
security devices and services, while Service Insight aims to give
administrators greater insight into what's happening in their networks.
In the security arena, Juniper introduced its AppTrack
software, which gives IT administrators greater visibility into their SRX
Series services gateways, and AppSecure, which protects the network against DDoS
Juniper is partnering with FireEye for greater malware
protection. Juniper officials also announced partnerships with IBM,
which is now selling OEM versions of the SRX
Series, and Dell, which will sell the SRX
Series and EX switches as an OEM in the summer of 2010.
In addition, Johnson unveiled Juniper Care Plus, a services
offering that provides a greater level of support, plus automation tools,
consulting and account management features.