Data Center Directions
MichaelLeonard , Regular Visitor
Data Center Directions
Lock in or Look Forward – It’s Your Choice
Sep 9, 2014

At Juniper, we believe that networks should be open.  Vendors shouldn’t lock their customers into propriety architectures.

The way we see it, evolution shouldn't have to hurt.  You should have the freedom to start with one architecture and then migrate to another over time as your needs change. This should be an easy process, with no hidden costs or restrictions.

Not all vendors feel the same way.  Many have proprietary architectures that lock customers in, taxing and penalizing them with a series of disjointed and costly forklift upgrades every time they want to make a change.  This vendor lock-in prevents customers from building out networks as they choose.


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Cisco, for instance, has introduced six architectures over the past five years—VSS, VPC, FEX, FabricPath, DFA and, most recently, ACI—each of which requires a different range of products to build them.  These product choices can be daunting; on the switching front alone, Cisco has more than 12 lines to choose from across the Catalyst and Nexus product families.  These varied devices don’t all fit into the same architectures, and many can’t be moved from one to another.

Avoid the Cisco lock-in.  All of this complicated Cisco gear can be replaced with just a few Juniper solutions.

Juniper prefers a simple, open and cost-effective approach to the cloud and beyond that guarantees your freedom to choose the best technology for your needs, now and in the future.  We did the math and found that you can save $1.2 million in OpEx when you build your cloud with Juniper compared to a similar architecture from Cisco.

Why throw good money after bad?  Juniper Networks can help you avoid the lock-in tax; our simple, open and cost-effective solutions work with best-of-breed equipment from other vendors, protecting your current and future investments, securing your most valuable assets, and allowing your network to continue evolving.

Juniper’s offerings include technologies such as Virtual Chassis, introduced in 2008, and QFabric, delivered in 2011. Most recently, we introduced Virtual Chassis Fabric, which combines the best of both existing technologies to meet the needs of our customers.  Juniper also offers an open cloud-ready architecture using the recently announced QFX5100 top-of-rack switch as the common building block.

Best of all, all Juniper equipment runs our Junos operating system, reducing further reducing OpEx while simplifying network deployments.

Let’s look at the simplicity by the numbers.  Running the QFX5100 in a Virtual Chassis Fabric architecture compared to a Cisco Nexus 9500 in ACI, Juniper delivers:

•    30% TCO reduction
•    72% in rack space savings
•    67% in cooling savings
•    27% in software license savings
•    56% savings in watts per port
•    51% lower maintenance costs
•    72% in total power savings