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Juniper switching boss talks technology challenges, Cisco Nexus 6000

Jim Duffy | April 24, 2013
Jonathan Davidson took over Juniper campus and data center switching when the two previously separate business units were combined following the departure of founding engineer R.K. Anand.

Is there any concern that your MX router customers will demand EX9200 prices since that switch is based on the MX?

These are two fundamentally different products. They certainly have some common components -- power supplies, fans, some of the other technology is similar from a DNA perspective -- but if you were to go and fire up an MX and look at the features and functions that are one of them versus the other, they are vastly different. So it's not a one-to-one replacement of products. The MX does not have a lot of the Layer 2 features that are on the EX9200. If you fire up an EX9200, it's a switch. There are a number of features that are on the EX9200 that are just not on [the MX] because it is not a switch.

Will QFabric eventually be based on custom silicon, either new or re-purposed?

We are continuing to invest in both hardware and software for QFabric. And I'm looking forward to talking to you again later this year about all of the things we have coming on that platform.


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