Computer Reseller News is reporting that Juniper Networks is going to unveil its first enterprise switch next week at the Global Enterprise Even in New York. If so, it would mark yet another contender in what is turning into an increasingly crowded market.
According to CRN, the device will be called Hurricane and will be based on the company's customized ASICs running the recently opened Junos operating system. They quote sources saying it will support 100G connectivity, with each slot (up to 13) offering 10 10GbE ports. Top throughput should be somewhere in the 4.5 Tbps range.
Officially, the company is mum about its plans for the enterprise, but such a move would make a lot of sense for a company that has cut its teeth on carrier-class equipment and is looking to expand into more dynamic territory. With virtualization and consolidation hitting the datacenter like a freight train, demand for high-speed, high-bandwidth networking equipment is likely to be huge in the coming years. That's mainly the reason why Cisco, Brocade, HP and others are rushing out top-flight fabric solutions at record pace.
Juniper's main obstacle will be gaining access to enterprise channels quickly enough to catch the wave before it crests. Virtualization has only a toehold on the enterprise market at the moment, but the pressure to lower costs through consolidation is building. They'll have to move fast.