Now that Juniper QFabric is shipping, engineers want to know whether they'll be able to integrate the technology into their existing data centers, and what kinds of performance improvements – or challenges – they'll find along the way.
In this video, ACG Research managing partner Ray Mota and Dhritiman Dasgupta, Juniper's director of product marketing in data center switching, explore the process of Juniper Qfabric implementation. Specifically, Dasgupta explains how QFabric addresses performance problems, scales for multi-tenancy and enables the management of multiple switches as a single switch to reduce complexity and cost in network management.
The video also explores QFabric Interconnect and QFabric Director, which both enable QFabric to be used in a multi-vendor data center environment. Specifically, Dasgupta outlines how the QFX3500 can connect as a standalone top of rack switch, integrating with existing and core aggregation switches.
Going further, he shows how some customers may integrate Interconnect by connecting it to the existing QFX3500 so that all components connected can behave as one QFabric switch.
Dasgupta also notes several QFabric customers, including Bell Canada, Deutsche Borse, Terra Networks and Nissho in Japan, touching on their Qfabric experiences. Some of these customers have brought on all three components, QFX3500, QFabric Interconnect and QFabric Director, and plan to move to an entire QFabric infrastructure in the future.
Finally the two address how Juniper will support the OpenFlow protocol.