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Juniper Launches New Fabric Architecture, Switch Line

Juniper Networks' MetaFabric architecture, including new QFX5100 switches, aims to speed up application deployment and streamline network operations.

Juniper has announced MetaFabric, a new architecture that Juniper claims will accelerate the deployment and delivery of applications. As part of the launch, Juniper announced the new QFX5100 switch line. These ToR switches include configurations for 10GbE and 40GbE. The company also announced enhancements to Junos Space Network Director, management software for Juniper hardware.

The MetaFabric is a concept that’s built around several key parts. One is the Virtual Chassis Fabric, which is an extension of Juniper’s existing Virtual Chassis. Virtual Chassis lets administrators manage up to 10 switches as a single device.

Virtual Chassis Fabric creates a fabric of up to 20 QFX5100 switches in a leaf-spine topology, with 2 to 4 leaf nodes and up to 18 spine nodes. This creates a one-hop connection from any access point to any access point, said Jonathan Davidson, SVP and GM for Juniper’s Campus and Data Center Business Unit.

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