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Juniper Adds New Hardware, Software and Services to Enable Multicloud Networking

The multicloud portfolio includes data center, campus, branch and cloud components.

 By Sean Michael Kerner | Posted Feb 16, 2018
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Juniper Networks has increasingly been focused on hyperscale and cloud in recent years and now is doubling down on the emerging trend of multi-cloud.

In the multi-cloud world, organizations use a combination of different cloud resources including multiple public and private cloud infrastructures to facilitate application and service delivery. Multi-cloud requires different networking performance and access control attributes in order to be successful.

"Because multi-cloud requires a presence in all the PINs (places in the network) that make up a customer environment, Juniper is developing seamless solutions for each, tying everything into a whole," Bikash Koley, chief technology officer at Juniper Networks, wrote in a blog post. "And in each, we are committed to using our engineering strength to solve the hard problem of today — complexity."

Hardware

Among Juniper's new pieces of hardware to help deal with multi-cloud complexity is the QFX1002-60C switch, which provides 60 x 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) ports for total throughput of up to 6 terabits per second (Tbps).

Additionally, the QFX5200 switch family is being expanded with the 64 x100 GbE QFX5210-64C spine switch and the top-of-rack QFX5200-48Y switch, which provides 48x 25 GbE ports.

The QFX is positioned as Juniper's data center switching portfolio, while the EX switch is focused on campus and enterprise deployments. As part of the multi-cloud update, Juniper is debuting a pair of new EX switches. The EX4300 supports up to 24 Ethernet ports that can handle multiple speeds, including 1/2.5/5/10 Gbps, all running over copper cabling.

There is also the EX9250, which is a core aggregation switch for campus networks that provides up to twenty-four 100 GbE ports.

Tying the campus hardware together is the Juniper Sky Enterprise management service.

"Sky Enterprise is a cloud management service that enables operators to deploy, configure and manage switching and security devices, reducing change errors by up to 90 percent," Koley wrote. "With an intuitive and easy-to-use Web dashboard, managing campus and branch networks is made simpler."

The new NFX150 Network Services Platform provided SD-WAN and 4G/LTE wireless connectivity between branches.

"Juniper’s new NFX150 Network Services Platform combines native branch security and hybrid WAN functionality with wireless 4G and LTE connectivity between branches," Juniper stated. "Built as an extensible platform, it can run third-party virtual network functions (VNFs)."

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

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