Today we see a new image of network infrastructure and its role in modern data environments. As mentioned in this IT Business Edge story, these new roles for servers, storage and networks used to be pretty well-defined.
“For Juniper, the answer lies in doing away with the old tiered approach that relies on multiple hand-offs of data packets and all of the latency-inducing processing at each hop. The new EX4500 switch, for example, is designed to function across multiple networking devices under the company’s Virtual Chassis architecture. The system can accommodate up to 48 10 GbE ports and can link up to 10 additional EX4200 switches and control them as a single device.”