Juniper aims to reduce data centre complexity

New hardware, software and services from Juniper aims to boost data centre performance while reducing complexity

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Juniper aims to reduce data centre complexity The new launches will bring about a fundamental change in the complexity of data centres, says Johnson.
By  Mark Sutton Published  May 19, 2010

Juniper Networks has unveiled a new set of software, services and solutions, which it says will enable companies to improve data centre performance, without adding complexity or additional layers to infrastructure.

The new solutions are based around innovations in automation, virtualization and fabric technologies, which Juniper says can cut time to operation by up to a half, and eliminate up to 35% of data centre networking capital expenditure.

The company also announced new 10 gigabit Ethernet switches and routers that yield up to a five-fold and eight-fold improvement in network performance, respectively

Juniper aims to allow companies to simplify legacy data centre infrastructure, using its Virtual Chassis fabric, to reduce from three layers to two at present, and in future to reduce to one layer with its developing Project Stratus fabric.

Juniper also introduced four new applications to automate data centre networks. The applications are based on Juniper's Junos Space software platform, and include Virtual Control software to manage physical and virtual systems from a common orchestration platform; Ethernet Design and Security Design software to enable rapid configuration and deployment of data centre networks and security policies; and Service Now with Service Insight to enable fast and proactive detection, diagnosis and resolution of network issues.

The company has also announced a new partnership with VMware, to use its open APIs for Virtual Control.

Juniper also released its new AppTrack software, which has been designed to provide application and user visibility. to better manage data flows and pinpoint bottlenecks.

The launch also includes a new Juniper Care Plus services portfolio, aimed at enterprise customers and mission critical infrastructure, which will be delivered by Juniper and partners including IBM.

Kevin Johnson, CEO of Juniper Networks commented: "It's time for a fundamental change in the data center - one that opens up the network, makes it much easier to manage, and delivers the right experiences without sacrificing economics. The traditional approach of more boxes and more layers benefits legacy vendors, while burdening the customer with cost and complexity. Our approach is different, and it's fueled by a combination of Juniper and partner innovation at the systems, software and services levels - all designed to help IT eliminate those layers of cost and complexity, while also enhancing application and business performance."

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