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Juniper's QFabric Lands in Hong Kong

Juniper Networks Inc. (NYSE: JNPR) has landed another QFabric customer in Asia, announcing Thursday that Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing (HKEx) will use the platform.

QFabric will be at the heart of a new data center due for completion by the third quarter of 2012, according to Juniper's release. Among the features HKEx is emphasizing is the low-latency aspect of the data center, which could be crucial for financial trading.

QFabric was designed as the central switching platform for very large data centers. Announced customers so far include Qihoo 360 Technology Co., a security software vendor based in China; Orica Ltd., in Australia; and Jan Yperman Hospital in Belgium.

Why this matters
Juniper is battling rumors that QFabric hasn't lived up to its performance promises. Those rumors might have prompted the company's March press release touting "record-breaking" test results for the platform. (See Juniper Touts QFabric Tests.)

Juniper has slipped from grace with Wall Street, having put up a couple of disappointing quarters recently. Its stock has languished accordingly. For growth, the company is counting on its wave of new products, including QFabric, the T4000 core router and the PTX packet-optical system.

MobileNext, Juniper's evolved packet core, doesn't seem to be on that list any more. It wasn't even mentioned on the most recent earnings call.

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co123 12/5/2012 | 5:32:42 PM
re: Juniper's QFabric Lands in Hong Kong

Can you find out if this is an "entire qfabric" implementation (director, node and interconnect).  In my opinion this is probably just the 3500. Not even the NYSE which is an end-to-end JNPR shop is looking a QFabric, so I doubt this is an entire QFabric implementation

Bob Saccamano 12/5/2012 | 5:32:41 PM
re: Juniper's QFabric Lands in Hong Kong

Says 10gE Top of Rack with Virtual Chassis, not Fabric.  Could just as easily have been the EX4500 (probably should have been).

co123 12/5/2012 | 5:32:41 PM
re: Juniper's QFabric Lands in Hong Kong

It looks like JNPR marketing...




Juniper Networks QFabric technology will be deployed to provide 10 Gigabit per second Ethernet (GbE) top-of-rack connectivity, while Juniper Ethernet switches with Virtual Chassis technology will provide 1GbE and 100 Mbps connectivity to support different user requirements. Juniper's Virtual Chassis technology enables multiple interconnected switches to operate as a single, logical device, lowering operational expenses by reducing network complexity and simplifying management.


Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 5:32:40 PM
re: Juniper's QFabric Lands in Hong Kong

Yes, it does look like just the top-of-rack, although Juniper counts that as QFabric (or they did at first, at least).  It puts another financial customer on the radar as a candidate for the rest of QFabric, but we'll see.

Bob Saccamano 12/5/2012 | 5:32:39 PM
re: Juniper's QFabric Lands in Hong Kong

Any idea how many customers are actually running the fabric and not just TOR?

Soupafly 12/5/2012 | 5:32:38 PM
re: Juniper's QFabric Lands in Hong Kong

Yeah so far they have been slow to get this particular product set rolling....

For once, I have some sympathy for Cisco's marketing... (And thats as rare as a solar eclipse, because those guys tell some interesting tales!)


QFabric aka "project Statos" was announced 2 years ago!!  http://www.juniper.net/uk/en/c...

As was Project Falcon the NG mobile core initiative;  See; http://www.juniper.net/uk/en/c...

So its completely fair to ask, how they are doing in;

a) Real customer deployments. (With topline architect examples.)

b) Functionality & roadmap; Where are they today vs. predicted reality.

I know that Juniper is in the middle of morphing into a software centric company, alongside Cisco and the rest of the industry. So LR should be holding them to account and not just parroting PR from the marketing dept!


co123 12/5/2012 | 5:32:30 PM
re: Juniper's QFabric Lands in Hong Kong


I am very dissapointed with your reporting since you decided to published a story without proper investigation/bakcground.  We understand that JNPR "likes" to count ToR as QFabric becuase "apparently" they are not able to sell the "entire" QFabric idea.  It would be a good idea for you (if it is a next time) to call JNPR and find out what actually they sold ie ToR or entire QFabric.

something similar to what Sean O'Connor asked during Q&A



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