Juniper Network’s Doug Hanks & Satish Surapaneni join Juniper customer (and Kool-Aid drinking fanboy) Kurt Bales in a discussion about the newly announced QFX5100 line of switches with Ethan Banks & Greg Ferro. Along the way, we talk about useful new technologies enabled by the QFX5100, such Virtual Chassis Fabric & TISSU. This is one of those detailed shows where we get into bits & bytes, speeds & feeds, and just generally nerd out on the new switches & get as deep into the tech as 40+ minutes will allow us.
What We Discuss
- High-density, high-speed access in a fixed form factor.
- Integrated overlay networking compatible with several prominent solutions.
- Target markets: IaaS, IT and ITaaS, FIS.
- Roles in a data center architecture: core, aggregation, access.
- The models: QFX5100-24Q & QFX5100-48S.
- Speeds & feeds: Broadcom Trident 2 chipset with low latency enables a whole lot of forwarding capacity.
- Virtual Chassis Fabric – it’s not QFabric. It’s not Virtual Chassis. It’s a mix of both, giving designers another interesting option.
- Yes, okay. But one more time…why a new switch? The QFX5100 is one switch platform providing many options, including overlay integration, lossless software upgrades, lossless Ethernet, and a unified forwarding table.
Juniper QFX5100 & Virtual Chassis Fabric Overview
Juniper channel on YouTube.com
Juniper Launches New Fabric Architecture, Switch Line
by Andrew Conry-Murray via NetworkComputing.com
Juniper’s QFX5100 Switches Knit A Fabric
by Ethan Banks via NetworkComputing.com