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QFabric will flatten data centres: interview

AvantiKumar | March 1, 2011
World's first true single layer data-centric fabric, which will take data centres into next decade: Juniper Networks Malaysia.

 

"The single layer fabric technology - QFabric - is now possible as a result of Project Stratus driven by hundreds of millions of dollars [US$] and one million man hours over three years of R&D resulting in more than 125 patents," said Wan Ahmad.

 

"By flattening the data centre architecture, we can realise a single rather than multiple hops. This brings benefits such as any-to-any connectivity less than five microseconds," he said.

 

"It is scalable, reliable, simple and feature rich," said Wan Ahmad. "Benefits include increased speed with lower latency and jitter and no data packet drops."

 

"Our design principles have three planes: data, control, and management," he said. "One single management layer with one network OS - JUNOS - provides a greater level of security and reliable performance, which is especially important for the FSI [financial services industry] sector and stock exchanges around the world."

 

QFabric ships in third quarter

 

"QFabric will ship in the third quarter of 2011 and will benefit enterprise IT by supporting virtualised converged data centres and give higher returns of investment," Wan Ahmad said. "Speeds of up to five microseconds across the layer one fabric network are typical."

 

"At the time of shipping, later this year, the single layer fabric can support 6,000 ports," he said. "In addition, we find that QFabric architecture based on a 6,000 port configuration is between seven and nine times faster, uses a third less devices, consumes two thirds less power, 90 per cent less floor space and links than competitor solutions. There is also only one management device compared to more than a 100 in a traditional three-layer architecture."

 

"Potential customers can evolve from the traditional three-layer architecture onto our 3-2-1 path through a steady migratory path and not via costly rip-and-replace route," he added.

 

"Telecoms comprise about 70 per cent of the company's business, and key target areas for Juniper include the main cloud service providers," Wan Ahmad said. "Current major  beneficiaries include financial exchanges around the world and banks. The New York Stock Exchange is now testing the QFabric technology, having already evolved the layer two more than a year ago."

 

 

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