Juniper Launches Programmable EX9200 Core Switch

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Juniper Networks (JNPR) announced new  products for enterprise campus and data center infrastructures, to take on the spikes in BYOD, mobile users and new enterprise application deployments. Its new agile, programmable network will enable network operators to respond to business changes and monitor and react responsively to how the network meets application service level agreement (SLA) requirements.

Highly Programmable Switch

The Juniper EX9200 Programmable Switch enables accelerated response to changing business needs, while its built-in ability to support a virtual WLAN controller. the Juniper JunosV Wireless LAN Controller, delivers reliability and flexibility across the enterprise. Built upon the Juniper One Programmable ASIC, the EX9200 prepares enterprises for emerging Software-Defined Networking (SDN) protocols, allowing for network automation and interoperability without the need for additional hardware. Its Virtual Chassis simplifies network architecture and reduces network devices and layers by to to 50 percent. Equipped with 1/10/40GbE interfaces, it is set to deliver 100GbE performance later this year.

“A dynamic and competitive global marketplace requires organizations to be flexible and responsive,” said Bob Laliberte, senior analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group. “As a result, the underlying IT infrastructure and the network especially needs to be able to evolve with the business. The Juniper EX9200 Ethernet switching platform delivers a level of programmability that will allow enterprises to prepare for emerging protocols and applications. This programmability will also ensure that network operators will have the flexibility to add those future services with limited need for hardware upgrades, thus providing a high degree of assurance and investment protection.”

Tackling BYOD, Wireless and Single Pane Management

Addressing the BYOD trend and seamless integration between wired and wireless networks, Juniper’s virtual WLAN controller is designed to run on any combination of physical appliances, on a virtual machine (VM), or directly on Juniper Networks switches (future). Juniper has made wireless controller functionality a service on the network while offering consistent, industry-leading capabilities such as controller clustering, in-service software upgrades, self-organizing adds, moves and changes, and local switching across the portfolio.

Additionally Juniper launched its Junos Space Network Diretor, a single campus-to-data center management tool, to provide a holistic view into the enterprise network. By consolidating different management tools into a single application, the new software  accelerates application deployment time and reduces complexity and operational expenditures.

“Juniper’s EX9200 dramatically simplifies how we provide cost-effective, reliable, high-bandwidth and high-capacity networking to our research and education participants, as well as faculty, students and staff,” said Schyler Batey, lead network engineer at Pacific Northwest GigaPOP. “The advanced programmability of the EX9200 delivers future-ready capabilities that can be easily adapted to support new requirements created by emerging applications, such as SDN and EVPN, while automation features allow us to transform network operations, reducing complexity and overhead.”

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John Rath is a veteran IT professional and regular contributor at Data Center Knowledge. He has served many roles in the data center, including support, system administration, web development and facility management.

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