Musings from the Cold Aisle
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Musings from the Cold Aisle
How to Build a MetaFabric
Mar 28, 2014

Last October, Juniper introduced the MetaFabric architecture—a vision for building simple, open and smart data center networks that support the deployment and delivery of applications both within and across data centers.


The network, however, is just part of the equation. The conversation surrounding the data center today is very dynamic, and any discussion of the infrastructure must also include the applications, the compute, the storage, and the management—even for networking companies.


That’s why when we introduced MetaFabric, we were clear to explain that we were working with key partners in the data center ecosystem to produce validated designs that would serve as tangible blueprints for building these data centers in customer environments. 


This week, we introduced the first of these validated designs—a fully tested and documented use case for a virtualized enterprise IT data center that includes a solution brief, reference architecture, and a design and implementation guide (DIG), all of which can be found on our website.


This initial design includes all the networking components (routing and switching), management capabilities, and partner-provided solutions including compute (IBM), virtualization (VMware), storage (EMC), network services (security) running actual business applications.  The design was the result of conversations we had with many of our customers to get the best possible understanding of how their data centers were built and operated.


Putting this all together was not a trivial task.  It required many man-hours dedicated to installation, configuration, testing, documenting, and re-testing.  Only when it worked as advertised did we put our stamp of approval on it.  One of our guiding principles is simplicity, and this validated design is an example of our commitment to ensuring our networking solutions are simple for our customers to use, even if their environments are complex and have a high degree of variance.


The most exciting part of this announcement?  It’s just the first of many more to come. As always, we look forward to hearing your feedback.