Modern applications are distributed, microservices-based affairs that consist of multiple workloads operating across multiple fault domains. Kubernetes has become the de facto orchestrator for cloud-native applications with a rich and ever-growing ecosystem, but challenges remain. Among those, security, networking and analytics stand out at the top, based on user surveys.
For Enterprises, the choice is always to seek ease of operations without sacrificing higher performance and reliability, tighter security, and not to forget agility and speed for their core business applications. But should that choice be a hard bargain?
Agility is the new TCO for enterprise IT. It’s no longer viable to measure success by staying within budget constraints. If IT is not supporting the business’ needs to adapt and accelerate, then it’s contributing to the overall risk of the company.
The way enterprises, cloud providers and service providers are consuming the cloud is changing rapidly, driven by the blurring of the boundaries between different types of cloud environments. Their journey toward delivering core business services with agility has consisted of introducing automation into the assets they own, the private clouds, building and expanding their data center infrastructure and leveraging virtualization and software-defined-networking to a certain extent. At the same time, the public cloud offering has become more pervasive, mature and usable for widely consumed applications and use cases.
Today enterprise data centers face huge pressure to provide increased bandwidth for Digital Transformation, Big Data and IoT applications. The increasing adoption of virtualized workloads (VMs and containers) and ongoing transition from on prem to off prem cloud services has resulted in significant strain on the spine-leaf architectures. The higher bandwidth at the access layer (10/40 GbE) has driven the need for greater upstream bandwidth (100GbE).
To account for this need, Juniper is launching QFX5110 switch – the latest addition to the QFX5100 family of switches that provides 100GbE uplink access to the aggregation layer along with features designed to optimize today’s agile data centers. Based on Broadcom’s Trident 2+ chipset, the QFX5110 will be available in two form factors:
QFX5110-48S: Compact, 1U 10GbE/100GbE data center access switch with 48 small form-factor pluggable plus (SFP+) transceiver ports and 4 QSFP28 ports, which can be configured as 4x40GbE or 4x100GbE ports.
QFX5110-32Q: Compact, 1U 40GbE/100GbE data center access and aggregation switch offering up to 32 QSFP+ ports, or 20 QSFP+ ports and 4 QSFP28 ports.
Our partnership brings the Riverbed Stingray Traffic Manager on top of Contrail. Stingray was already KVM-ready before we launched Contrail, so it was a perfect fit for Contrail and the open orchestration platforms with which it works like OpenStack and CloudStack. Not only that, but Stingray, as a virtual application delivery controller (ADC), enables high-impact high-value application delivery services.