Juniper Improves Data Center Networks

The company has announced new software to improve the management and support of enterprise and data center networks, in an effort to Optimize for economics. According to Juniper’s news release, Juniper’s 3-2-1 architecture helps customers simplify data center networks while simultaneously improving the economics and experience of IT and end users and includes an expanded switching & routing portfolio.

“Juniper’s new routers and 10 Gigabit Ethernet switches, announced today, deliver up to eight-fold improvements in network performance and provide a year-long roadmap for converging network protocols and reducing capital expenditures by up to 35 percent.

“Juniper’s switching portfolio now includes the new EX4500 Ethernet switch, which is the first fixed Junos based switch for 10 GbE networks, and new high-density 10GbE EX8200 line cards — in addition to the existing EX4200 switches that include Virtual Chassis for 1 GbE networks.

“Available this month, the EX4500 switch supports up to 48 10 GbE interfaces, consumes 44 percent less power and reduces total cost of ownership by up to 22 percent over competing platforms. The EX4500 switch will add support for Converged Enhanced Ethernet (CEE) and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) expected in second half of the year. Expected in early 2011, the EX4500 switch is on track to add support for Virtual Chassis fabric technology via software and hardware upgrades. The EX4500 is expected to also interoperate with existing EX4200 switches in the same Virtual Chassis, allowing customers to mix 1 GbE and 10 GbE attached devices within the same fabric.”

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