This is the second year in a row that one of the QFX10000 switches has won a grand prize; last year, the QFX10002 won in the Data Center Networking category.
While we were obviously excited to have won the grand prize, we really weren’t surprised. We knew the QFX10000 product line was a winner when we launched it last year. The QFX10000 switches feature multi-generational capabilities for transitioning seamlessly from 10GbE to 40GbE to 100GbE, ensuring long-term investment protection for growing data centers. We’ve heard from numerous customers around the globe, both large and mid-size, about how this revolutionary switch has helped them transform their data center core/spine infrastructure with unprecedented performance, scale, functionality, and leading-edge features in automation and virtualization. The QFX10000 has been deployed as a data center core/spine/aggregation switch, a data center interconnect/edge switch, and a backbone LSR/IP core switch at some of the largest web services providers, government institutions, large enterprises, and service/cable network providers across multiple geographies.
At the heart of the QFX10000 is the industry’s highest-performance custom ASIC, the Q5, with 6 Tbps of line-rate switching and the industry’s highest 40/100GbE non-blocking port density. Here’s how the QFX10000 with Q5 compared to competitive platforms with respect to route scale, number of hosts, and filters:
As you can see, the competition has their work cut out for them—the QFX10000 is a full generation ahead of its nearest competitor.
Juniper data center switching has been on a roll over the last couple years. We’ve introduced a host of innovative products and solutions over that time: the QFX5100 switching platform with industry-first, industry-leading virtualization and high availability for its category; the QFX5200 with disaggregated Junos; the Cloud Analytics Engine, Junos Fusion for the data center; and last but not least, the QFX10000. These products and solutions resulted in record year-over-year revenue for Juniper’s data center products, and this success hasn’t gone unnoticed: in their recently published magic quadrant, Gartner placed Juniper squarely in the Challenger’s quadrant, with highest jump in execution compared to any other vendor. Among other strengths, Gartner singled out the following to explain Juniper’s solid position in the Challenger quadrant:
“Juniper has a broad portfolio of data center solutions based on common building blocks that can be used to create different fabric solutions. It has a strong track record in supporting demanding, midsize to large-scale data center environments.”
“Juniper has an open and well-thought-out roadmap that can address emerging data center networking requirements.”
“Juniper offers an open and interoperable architecture, including open APIs, brite-box switches, disaggregated Junos software and an open-source SDN overlay (Contrail) that is one of the more prominent solutions for OpenStack deployments.”
To learn more about the QFX10008’s recent win at Interop Tokyo 2016, click here.