Thursday, April 4, 2013

Juniper Intros Programmable EX9200 Core Switch

Juniper Networks introduced its EX9200 Programmable Switch for enterprise campus and data center deployments.

The new EX9200 family, which will be available in three sizes (4,8 and 14-slot), leverages a custom-built "Juniper One" programmable ASIC to support the programmability demands of new Software-Defined Networking (SDN) protocols and application flows. Beyond the management automation in the Junos OS, Juniper is building native interfaces for OpenFlow and support for the service chaining in its SDN architecture.  There will be integration with virtualization orchestration systems including VMware and OpenStack.

Initially, Juniper is supplying 1/10/40GbE interfaces although 100GbE cards are expected later this year. At the high-end, a fully configured single EX9214 can support up to 320 10GbE ports.  The EX9200 also features Virtual Chassis technology that enables a deployment to scale up in terms of ports and line cards in multiple chassis while being managed as a single switch.

The EX9200 switch fabric delivers up to 240 Gbps (full duplex) per slot.  Performance characteristics of the EX9200 include up to 13.2 Tbps of switching throughput, the ability to handle up to 1 million MAC and 256,000 IP addresses, and the ability to support 32,000 Virtual LANs.  MPLS and VPLS support is also featured on the EX9200 Ethernet switch.

Juniper also introduced a virtual JunosV Wireless LAN Controller, which can run on any combination of physical appliances, on a virtual machine (VM), or directly on future Juniper switches.  The virtualization effectively makes he wireless controller functionality a service on the network.  The virtual Wireless LAN controller supports clustering, in-service software upgrades, self-organizing adds, moves and changes, and local switching across the portfolio.

Juniper's production introductions also include a Junos Space Network Director, which provides a single-pane-of-glass network management solution for wired and wireless LANs and data centers.  The idea here is to consolidate various management tools into a single management view.

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