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Are You Ready to Simplify Your Operations? New EX Models Give You More Options to Deploy Junos Fusion Enterprise
May 26, 2016

We announced Junos Fusion Enterprise last year when we launched Juniper Networks® Unite, our enterprise network solution that helps customers deploy a cloud-enabled enterprise. Junos Fusion Enterprise is a foundational element of Unite that supports its simplicity pillar; previously, I've described its unique simplification features in my Simplification Trifecta blog post.    


For those who don’t recall, Junos Fusion Enterprise is an innovative network management simplification architecture built on the IEEE 802.1BR standard that allows you to combine large numbers of EX Series access switches into a single, managed platform. The actual number of switches that a single Junos Fusion Enterprise deployment can support is 128; if each switch is a 48-port model, that translates into more than 6,000 ports (128 x 48 = 6,144), all managed as a single, logical switch! The EX9200 programmable switch serves as the aggregation device, which is the brain of the platform, controlling traffic across the entire Junos Fusion Enterprise deployment. The access switches serve as satellite devices, acting as "port extensions" of the EX9200 aggregation device. Think of Junos Fusion Enterprise as a gigantic, logical chassis switch, where the EX9200 acts as a routing engine (or supervisor) and the access switches act like line cards (128 of them!) in a chassis.


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We recently announced two new EX Series models, the EX2300, an entry-level 1GbE access switch, and the EX3400, a mid-range 1GbE access switch, that are both Junos Fusion Enterprise capable, joining the EX4300 as satellite device options.  Now you have more choices on satellite device models to deploy. For example, for your on-premises data center, you can employ the EX4300 for high-performance access of locally hosted services, the EX3400 as a cost-effective common closet access switch, and the EX2300 as an economical, entry-level switch. You can even deploy the silent, compact, fanless version of the EX2300, the EX2300-C, in open collaboration spaces or to provide additional ports for your engineering team in an office environment.


The EX2300 features 10GbE uplinks and features multiple SKUs for number 1GbE ports. This will better support various 1GbE port densities, satisfying your network's appetite for bandwidth-hungry applications like video and UC, or to support high-density wireless deployments. The EX2300 also offers Power over Ethernet (PoE) and PoE+ options to power networked devices like desk phones and cameras.  The EX2300-C, as mentioned, is compact, fanless, and silent, so it can be deployed anywhere.


The EX3400 features a couple of 40GbE QSFP ports on the back in addition to four 10GbE SFP+ ports on the front, all of which can be used as uplinks for creating Virtual Chassis configurations or Junos Fusion Enterprise clusters. Again, the 40GbE uplinks handle the high-bandwidth demands of your network, both today and well into the future. The EX3400 also features dual redundant power supplies and fans, so it's well suited for your mission-critical environments. Finally, the EX3400 comes standard with MACsec hardware encryption on all 1GbE and 10GbE interfaces, so it meets stringent requirements for environments such as Federal Government or financial services deployments.


Visit the EX2300 and the EX3400 product pages to learn more.   Also, read my other blog post to learn about the virtues of the EX Series switch portfolio.


Enterprise network transformation is here. Are you ready?