Juniper Steals the Show
It’s not every day something dramatic happens on the data center scene. Today, though, something did, and I’m going to hop on the bandwagon and go into some detail on this new “3-2-1″ networking architecture.
As the Register puts it in their article, Juniper took a major step today towards achieving the Holy Grail of data center network architecture: the mythical single-tier model. An array of hardware, software and services unveiled today make a two-layer system possible, and that one-layer concept put in action is rumoured to be on its way.
A lot of work has gone into verifying and maximizing the efficiency of this dual-tier model and Juniper holds that it is considerably more effective than Cisco’s three-tier network architecture, against which they are lashing out in a seriously competitive way. The new system cuts out one layer in favour of a different approach to the other two, and in a 500-server comparison boasts a 20% decrease in set-up costs as well as a 30% decrease in power usage over Cisco’s model, thanks to a reduced requirement for managed devices.
Juniper’s advances in data center technology are very interesting technologically and very exciting in their potential. I’m sure I’m not alone in eagerly awaiting the results of today’s developments.
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P.S. Did you know the juniper berry is the main ingredient used to flavour gin? Unrelated, sure, but it’s good trivia to have on hand.
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