After years of buildup for its Project Stratus framework, Juniper Networks introduced its QFabric data center network architecture earlier this year, earning recognition as a Best of Interop 2011 finalist. Although Juniper has focused much of the marketing for its data center fabric on enterprise deployments, Juniper QFabric also has major implications for cloud providers and cloud data centers.
As telecom consultant and Uncommon Wisdom blogger Tom Nolle has written, Juniper QFabric may provide cloud operators with a reliable framework for security integration in cloud data centers. Being able to demonstrate reliable data center security in public, private and hybrid clouds is critical for cloud providers, as they must assure enterprise customers that sensitive data hosted in their cloud data centers will be protected. Cloud providers' ability to expand their customer bases and increase cloud services revenues depend on earning that trust.
In this ACG Research HotSeat video interview, ACG managing director Ray Mota delves into the Juniper QFabric architecture with Mike Marcellin, vice president of product marketing and strategy at Juniper. Watch the interview to find out why Juniper decided to enter an already well-established data center market, as well as how Juniper QFabric flattens data center networking architecture into a single tier of switching for greater scalability and performance.
Mota and Marcellin also address some questions raised by service providers and enterprises, such as how exactly the Juniper QFabric architecture works and whether Juniper QFabric makes sense for smaller data centers.
About the speakers:
Ray Mota has more than 25 years of experience in the networking and telecommunications market, specializing in design, implementation and troubleshooting, and maximizing organizational efficiency. Before founding ACG Research, he was chief strategist and president of Synergy Research Group, CTO and president of Advanced Technology Group at Micros-To-Mainframes, and a system analyst at Eastman Kodak. He also holds three amateur baseball World Series titles.
Mike Marcellin is responsible for product marketing and strategy, go-to-market planning, sales and customer education and competitive analysis for Juniper's infrastructure and Junos Ready Software groups. Prior to Juniper, Marcellin served as vice president of global managed solutions for Verizon and vice president of global product marketing for Verizon Business.
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This was first published in October 2011