Juniper Networks has introduced switches for companies that want the throughput and software to deliver network services to applications running in the data center and public clouds.
Juniper also unveiled this week beefier campus switches and cloud-based software for provisioning and configuring the hardware. For branch offices, Juniper launched an appliance that runs a virtual firewall and router. The x86-based device has a maximum throughput of 10 Gb.
Juniper's latest data center switches are for companies looking to refresh, expand or consolidate their networking hardware in preparation for supporting applications running
The software, called Contrail Enterprise
New Juniper switches for the data center
The largest of the new Juniper switches is the QFX10002, which companies can use as a spine switch or as an edge device that routes traffic to another data center. The hardware runs the Juniper-designed silicon and has 60 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) ports.
Juniper also introduced a line card for the QFX10000 series. The QFX MACsec line card provides 30 100 GbE ports for encrypted traffic.
Juniper's other data center switches are for companies that need faster
Latest Juniper switches for the campus
For the campus, Juniper released two multi-gigabit switches, the EX2300 and the EX4300. The former has 12 1 GbE or 2.5 GbE ports, while the latter has 1, 2.5, 5 or 10 GbE links.
The company also released a cloud-based dashboard, called Sky Enterprise, for provisioning and configuring Juniper's campus switches and firewalls. Juniper has integrated the application with partner Aerohive's HiveManager NG software console, which companies use to monitor and manage Aerohive's Wi-Fi access points.
Juniper has built Sky Enterprise as a complement to HiveManager and does not plan to turn the product into a competitor. "We're not designing a product to replace Aerohive," said Mike Bushong, Juniper's vice president of enterprise cloud marketing.
For the branch, Juniper launched a lighter version of its Intel-based NFX 250 server for running Juniper or third-party virtualized network services, including a router, firewall