Couple of days back, Juniper announced acquisition of Mykonos Software. After reviewing the web site I find that I’m interested in this acquisition as signal of change.
Juniper QFabric is a new approach to Ethernet Switch Fabrics. When it was announced last year,it was noted that the underlying physical design is a completely different approach to building Switch Fabrics. Here I’m taking a loosely research based approach to understand how Juniper QFabric is different from all other approaches to the problem, and also a look at some of the challenges ahead.
Was accessing some Juniper documentation today, and found this. It’s a very neat feature that’s let you download all the documentation for JunOS in a single-ish download.
This week we talk to Juniper about their Junosphere emulator and make the case for why the current version is very good but not suited for the Enterprise market ( because its actually too good ) and question why they are charging a customer for the hosted service. junosphere, unlike other emulators, is a fully [...]
Ivan has blogged about how he thinks Juniper QFabric works Speculation: This is How I Would Build a QFabric, while I agree in terms of the software elements ( at least, they look like good guesses to me), I would like to discuss more about the hardware:
There are three components in a QFabric kit list :
- Edge Switch
Juniper announced their Junosphere emulator recently and have been smugly telling everyone how wonderful it is. Except it isn’t. Here is my take FWIW.
Kurt Bales has a customer who wants to buy a new Data Centre Network and the three main networking vendors (Juniper, Cisco & Brocade) have pitched at him and the customer. Kurt then contacted the Pushers and said “This would make a great podcast to talk about how it looks, works and the reality of the so-called “Data Centre Fabric networks, plus I’ve got some questions that I’d like to get some second opinions.”
So we rounded up Ivan from IOS Hints and Greg from EtherealMind to record a fast, furious and focussed look at the state of play with the three data centre fabrics today. Lots of speculation, wild guesses and deep diving followed. I learned heaps.
I was intrigued and excited about the Junipers announcement last week of QFabric. I was vaguely aware of TRILL and Cisco implementation (Fabric Path), but came to the table (so to speak) with no pre-conceptions of what I might expect. SCI-FI – Is this just me? Is the Q in QFabric taken from sci-fi [...]