Juniper Launches QFabric Networking Platform to Compete With Cisco
Juniper Networks is rolling out a new networking platform executives say will simplify the data center infrastructure, driving up throughput, scalability and efficiency while reducing latency, operating costs and the number of devices required for a networking architecture.
During a Webcast event from San Francisco Feb. 23, Juniper executives unveiled their QFabric architecture, a $100 million initiative formerly called "Project Stratus" that was launched after three years of development. The goal of the project is to collapse the data center networking infrastructure from the traditional two or three layers down to one, a move that will enable enterprises and midsize businesses handle the demands created by the onset of cloud computing and the growth of the mobile Internet.
"As these trends accelerate, its creates exponential demand, and it's that exponential demand that requires a new approach," Juniper CEO Kevin Johnson said during the event.
QFabric also gives Juniper a higher profile in the highly competitive data center networking space, a market still dominated by Cisco Systems, but with a cadre of rivals trying to grab a larger share. Juniper still needs to continue to build on its initiative, but the QFabric push is a strong step, according to Forrester Research analyst Andre Kindness.