Show 51 – Juniper QFabric

The much anticipated show about Juniper QFabric has finally arrived. Although we had some recording problems, I’ve done the best I can to reduce the impact – apologies in advance for the poor experience.

Juniper QFabric is a different approach to building a switched network core – using what I call “expanded backplane” concept to create a One Layer data centre switch fabric that uses a different approach from what we are used to by extending the backplane from a single switch to a multi-switch design.

The topics that we looked into are :

  • QFabric – The elevator pitch
  • Where is the switching done ?
  • Where is the routing done ?
  • How does the Fabric scale ?
  • How about the switch interconnect performance ? Where are the performance bottlenecks ?
  • Linear pricing models.
  • Handling FC/FCoE
  • Would like the 10,000 foot view of the clos architecture in the interconnect switch that facilitates any-to-any.
  • Security considerations.

Product information can be found at QFabric Marketing Launch page


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