Juniper Networks (JNPR) today unveiled new software, hardware and partnerships to advance its vision for a "new network" powering next-generation data centers. The company held the launch event at the New York Stock Exchange, highlighting Juniper's prominent role building the ultra-high speed network for NYSE's new data centers in New Jersey and London.
"Networks are now clearly the hub of business and community around the world, and that's driving massive scale requirements for the next decade," said Kevin Johnson, Juniper's chief executive officer. "Driven by our mission to connect everything and empower everyone, Juniper believes it's time for a new approach to networking."
The event outlined Juniper's strategy in the "battle for the data center," as it duels with rivals Cisco Systems, Brocade Communciations, Voltaire and HP in the bid to provide the hardware and software driving converged networks. Juniper's announcement featured multiple components:
- The Junos software, described as "an open cross-network software platform" that includes the Junos network operating system, and the new Junos Space network application platform and Junos Pulse integrated network client.
- A new Junos One family of processors, including the Junos Trio chipset with 3D Scaling to dynamically support more subscribers, services and bandwidth. Junos Trio will be available in modular line cards and new 3.5-inch routers for Juniper MX Series, providing throughput of up to 2.6 terabits per second.
- New cloud networking and security solutions built upon the company's data center network architecture to help customers share and secure their infrastructures while delivering and accessing cloud-based services.
- Partnerships with Dell and IBM to deliver Juniper systems as part of their cloud-ready data center solutions, as well as a software licensing partnership with Blade Network Technologies, which will develop future blade switches based on the Junos operating system.
Juniper's launch showcased its marquee client, and NYSE Euronext CEO Duncan Niederauer was clear about the key role Juniper's technology is playing in the company's ambitions as the financial markets shift to computer-driven trading models. "We are going to be building capacity that the exchange industry has never seen," said Neiderauer.
Juniper founder and CTO Pradeep Sindhu detailed the 65-nanometer Junos Trio chips. "We invested more than $80 million over the last five years to develop Junos Trio, yielding a fundamental advance in performance, flexibility and power efficiency to meet the Internet’s massive three-dimensional scaling needs," said Pradeep Sindhu, Juniper’s founder, vice chairman and CTO. "This will dramatically change the economics for our customers, while helping them create new and better experiences for their customers. This is the platform for the next decade."
Johnson said customers will be looking for broader, integrated solutions that can simplify their networking challenges. "We need to get past thinking that it's about the box," he said. "We've pushed the complexity to the customer."
To accompany the launch, Juniper unveiled a new corporate brand identity and web site.