Juniper to Build Low-Latency Network for NYSE Data Centers

Juniper Networks will lay the technology foundation for two new data centers scheduled to open next year for the NYSE Euronext exchange, which is looking to reduce the number of its global data centers from 10 to four. Juniper will use Data Center Infrastructure Solutions to create a network that will improve performance and scalability, reduce complexity and cut data center costs. It also will offer a latency of 50 microseconds.

Juniper Networks is going to be the networking backbone for two new data centers being built by the New York Stock Exchange.

Juniper and the NYSE Euronext exchange group announced the partnership June 24 in which Juniper will build the IT infrastructure for the two data centers, one in London and the other in New Jersey, just outside of New York City.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

NYSE Euronext is looking to reduce the number of its data centers from 10 to four, and the two new facilities are scheduled to go online in 2010. The two existing data centers that will stay online are in New York and Paris.

Officials with the exchange group said the data centers will support what they called the world's fastest trading network, and the network will service billions of transactions and quotes a day.

NYSE Euronext was created through the 2007 merger of the NYSE Group and Euronext N.V.

Juniper will use its Data Center Infrastructure Solutions technologies and more than 200 network switches to support 50 microseconds of latency roundtrip.

The NYSE Euronext strategy dovetails with Juniper's data center vision of a single fabric in the data center that will improve scalability and performance while offering greater simplicity, better energy efficiency and reduced costs, according to Juniper CEO Kevin Johnson. A trading platform such as the NYSE Euronext one is an example of where such a network is key.

"Competitiveness in the global financial markets is measured in microseconds and the NYSE Euronext trading platform is one of the world's premiere high-performance networks, supporting billions of transactions each day," Johnson said in a statement.

Juniper and NYSE Euronext officials estimate that Juniper's data center technologies will be able to reduce total cost of ownership by as much as 52 percent in capital expenses, up to 44 percent in both power and cooling costs and 55 percent in rack space in the data centers.

Key among the Juniper technologies will be the company's EX8216 Ethernet switch, which will give NYSE Euronext the wire-speed performance, low latency, carrier-class reliability and scalability it needs.

Another technology used will be the top-of-rack EX2500 Ethernet switch for connectivity to the data centers' high-performance servers, and 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports for wire-speed throughput. The data centers also will have MPLS network virtualization, low-latency multicast, and the high availability of Juniper's MX Series Ethernet services routers.

The Juniper switches and routers run on the company's Junos operating system that integrates routing, switching, security and network services.