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Juniper Networks Introduces Junos Software Disaggregation

November 05, 2015

Data center networking infrastructure has become an important factor for companies that provide critical applications to their customers. The introduction of Juniper Networks’ Junos Software Disaggregation will give operators the ability to expand their choice in network automation so they can give their customers increased flexibility.

Networks are now the lifeline of the digital world, and their purpose has changed as we’ve become connected 24/7. Mobility, virtualization, hosted service and the cloud are increasing demand and the need for operators to deliver. Customers across all segments want faster services at better price points without sacrificing quality.

This requires agile infrastructures that are able to address any situation. The Juniper disaggregation strategy for Junos and the new QFX5200 Series line of access switches give customers options when it comes to data center deployments.

“Our customers are consistently challenged to accelerate the pace of network infrastructure deployments to match the speed of business requirements. As a result, the purpose of the network has fundamentally changed; it’s all about choice to enable people to connect with speed, agility and reliability,” said Jonathan Davidson, executive vice president and general manager, Juniper Development and Innovation at Juniper Networks.

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The Disaggregated Junos Software lets customers develop and install third-party applications directly on supported Juniper switching systems. They can also run the software on Open Network Install Environment (ONIE) compliant third-party switches. This delivers server-like functionalities along with a comprehensive suite of networking services.

The open platform gives customers the ability to orchestrate third-party applications with OpenStack, Apache, Netconf and other tools. This makes it possible to integrate customer applications, SDN controllers and orchestration tools with greater ease for new level of network services.

The QFX5200 is the first platform to run the disaggregated Junos software while supporting the emerging 25 and 50 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) standard. The switches have speeds ranging from 10GbE to 100GbE, thus allowing customers to increase their port speeds to 25GbE/50GbE without expensive upgrades.

The switches are available with a new pricing model so customers are not locked to any purchasing agreements. The company gives its customers the choice of buying the hardware and software separately with a pay-for-what-you-need software-licensing model.

Davidson went on to say, “The disaggregation of the Junos software and our new QFX5200 Series, along with our technology integration in leading converged stacks, illustrate how Juniper’s data center solutions deliver the automation, programmability and openness required to solve our customers’ most pressing network challenges and eradicate lock-in.”

Edited by Kyle Piscioniere

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