Juniper’s Virtual Chassis Fabric: A “Best-Fit” for Medium to Large Data Centers

Juniper’s Virtual Chassis Fabric technology provides any-to-any connectivity in a flat, low latency infrastructure that ensures every device is only one, or two at the most, hops from every other device. VCF interconnects almost unlimited server, storage and network ports simply and efficiently.

Mid-tier enterprises today are looking for a “best-fit” data center architecture that is scalable, but compact. High-performance and low maintenance. Cost-effective with virtually instantaneous adaptability for growth. Virtual Chassis Fabric technology from Juniper does all that, and then some.

Impressive plug and play features.

  • Autoprovisioning capabilities allow any switch in factory-default state to instantly join the fabric with zero-to-minimal initial configuration.
  • Deploy up to 20 switches in a spine and leaf configuration – (up to four spine device configurations)
  • Flexible, high performance solutions for mid-tier to large data centers.
  • Allows easier, more flexible transition from mid-sized to large data center deployment.

Simplified switch management.

VCF is optimized for mixed-use landscape – 1GbE/10GbE/40GbE – and allows IT to manage the flat network as a single logical device with one IP address. Simplified management equals agility, superior application management, and fewer cloud-based data center challenges.

Long-range investment protection.

Migrating to VCF is cost-effective because the QFX5100 Ethernet switch works as a universal building block for all Juniper data center fabric designs. As needs change, customers can deploy the QFX5100 with best-fit architecture – Virtual Chassis, QFabric System, or Virtual Chassis Fabric – for their business. There’s no need to tear down and start from scratch.

Controlling latency and resiliency.

The any-to-any traffic forwarding design and “intuitive” forwarding algorithm create predictable low latency within the fabric. Traffic consistently traverses the VCF using optimum available pathways. The same intelligence makes traffic-forwarding decisions by identifying multiple paths and selecting the best pathway to avoid device or link failures.

IT managers make better networking decisions by combining Insight Technology for Analytics with QFX5100 deployment. System tools let managers analyze microburst and latency details, define thresholds and capture event logs for better performance across the network.

Simplified Network Management

With Junos Space Network Director, managing the entire enterprise is simplified – and visible in a comprehensive snapshot. You can synchronize your physical and virtual environments, track workloads and evaluate provisioning throughout the network. Automated provisioning and troubleshooting reduce manual interventions and significantly improve operational efficiency.

Improved reliability and accessibility.

Managing all interconnected switches as a single device leverages concepts of simplicity and efficiency. For example, one spine switch acts as a master device – handling all communication and control across the fabric. If the master fails, the Virtual Chassis Fabric technology automatically deploys Graceful Routing Engine Switchover (GRES) to instantly – and without interruption in service –transfer control to an available switch. The “new master” assumes communication and control functions across the enterprise network.

Virtual Chassis Fabric delivers a scalable, cost-efficient data center option for medium to large-size enterprises across myriad sectors – health, education, IT and service. VCF can help you manage your business better today, so you’re ready to respond to change tomorrow.