Juniper made it official this week: It is entering the enterprise networking market with a switch powered by its JUNOS operating system in a bid to bring carrier-class technology to the data center.
Initial flavors of the EX-series switch include the EX 4200 featuring a "Virtual Chassis" design that provides GbE and 10 GbE port densities at one-eighth the footprint of traditional systems. It also includes ASIC-based flow capabilities that provide improved management through hardware-based statistical collection.
The EX 3200 provides 24- and 48-port configurations offering 10/100/1000BASE-T access, as well as full or partial Power over Ethernet and optional four-port GbE or two-port 10 GbE optical uplinks.
For the high end, there is the EX 8200 Terabit Ethernet switch available in either an eight-slot, 64-port 1.6 Tb or a 16-slot, 128-port 3.2 Tb chassis. A pair of loaded 16-slot devices will fit in a single 42U rack providing 256 10 GbE ports.
As we mentioned last week, Juniper is entering the market at a time when data-center networking is under increasing pressure to improve performance to meet the data demands of virtual environments. Having served the carrier market for many years, Juniper is used to developing systems that handle large amounts of data. It remains to be seen whether it can address the unique requirements of the enterprise.