What a month! After a week of great discussions, panels and announcements at Mobile World Congress and RSA, the Juniper security team is excited to discuss – you guessed it – STRATUS. Earlier today Juniper unveiled QFabric, the world’s first true data center fabric. QFabric enables a quantum leap in data center capabilities and ultimately delivers the final step of Juniper’s 3-2-1 vision – collapsing three-tier networks into a single, high performance layer.
QFabric delivers a simplified, highly scalable data center network solution – effectively eliminating the choice between quality and economics in today’s networks. Juniper has invested three years and more than $100 million in R&D to make this vision reality – and the results are impressive.
Simply put, QFabric is the foundation of data centers for the next decade – the exponential data center. By the numbers, QFabric delivers*:
- Up to 10 times the network speed
- 27% fewer devices needed
- 77% less power consumption
- 1/5 the carbon emissions
- 90% less floor space occupied
- Nine fold reduction in operating resources
QFabric delivers impressive network performance, but a network is nothing if not first secure. .
The exponential needs for data center capacity have made it imperative that organizations adjust data centers in three fundamental ways: large scale consolidation, virtualization, and service oriented architectures. Recent findings show that 80 percent of enterprises have a virtualization program in place, and the growing deployments of service oriented architectures is expected to change the majority of the traffic flows from client-server to server-to-server over the next few years. The result of these trends is a need for enhanced data center scale for both the network and the security architecture driven by the adoption of virtualization.
So what will security look like in a single tier and highly virtualized architecture? Below are a few questions (and answers) that will be helpful in understanding the weight of today’s announcements and how Juniper is continuing to secure the network as we move from multi-tiers to a single layer.
Q: What does security look like in the new, QFabric network?
A: The QFabric’s flat architecture enables the industry’s first integrated security solution that provides visibility, enforcement and scale across the entire physical and virtualized data center fabric. QFabric improves the security coverage for data centers while at the same time, simplifying policy deployment and enforcement. The QFabric architecture enables visibility and high performance security enforcement across any traffic flow in the data center. Customers establish zone integrity that spans both physical servers and virtual ones. The end result is high levels of security with Juniper virtualization security, customers gain 5x more VMs per VMware ESX hosts than competitive alternatives available today.
Q: How is Junipers newly announced vGW Virtual Gateway used to deliver QFabric security?
A: Juniper addresses security in physical networking environments with the Juniper Networks® SRX Series Services Gateway, virtual needs with the newly announced Juniper Networks vGW Virtual Gateway, and management with Junos® Space Security Design and Security Threat Response Manager. Juniper’s integrated solution is the industry’s first offering to provide security at scale for both physical and virtual network environments. Tight integration between Juniper’s SRX and vGW solutions with the Qfabric architecture enables visibility and security enforcement across any traffic flow in the data center.
Q: What specific issues/challenges does QFabric security address?
A: In the past, traditional network architectures were only secured by individual firewalls/intrusion prevention systems (IPS) that regulated traffic flow to and from individual servers. With the widespread deployment of virtual machines (VMs) and distributed applications, traditional network security architectures lack the visibility and enforcement scale to secure the traffic flows of the new data center. Additionally, the ease of creating, changing and moving VMs is increasing the risk of mis-configurations and unwarranted access to valuable data center assets. In the face of these security realities, innovation and integration across physical and virtual network environments and strong management capabilities are required.
For more information on QFabric go here. For more information on our Qfabric Security Strategy here.
*Product comparisons are based upon product information that is publicly available for Cisco’s Nexus 7000 Series and Nexus 5000 Series platforms for a 6000 X 10GE port configuration and standard industry estimates.
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