The switch combines the Open Compute open hardware design with Junos OS.

December 4, 2014

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SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Juniper Networks on Wednesday today introduced Juniper Networks OCX1100, the first switch to combine Open Compute Project (OCP) hardware design with a carrier-class network operating system, Junos OS. The new switch, which will be available the first quarter of 2015, provides customers who build large and massive scale data centers with an open, cost-effective, disaggregated switching platform.

Large cloud builders, such as Web 2.0 and web-hosting companies, are seeking ways to more efficiently build data center networks at scale to support tens to hundreds of thousands of servers. While the largest, massive scale cloud operators have solved this need with solutions created internally, or white box switches, these options are challenging for many companies due to the level of resources required to develop, install and support custom solutions. Combining Junos OS with OCP submitted hardware delivers a unique solution that removes the burden of support, installation and maintenance from cloud providers while delivering on the promise of an open source hardware design.

Juniper Networks OCX1100 will provide large cloud providers with proven software and open source network hardware that is much easier to deploy, integrate and support.

  • OCX1100 runs an optimized version of Junos, based on Linux, which delivers the features required for deployment in L3 networks. Additionally, the OCX1100 includes a range of open software interfaces and automation capabilities such as:

    • - Open, standards-based programmatic interfaces, including Python, which allows custom scripts and applications to interact with Junos.
      - Support for native installation of tools in Junos, including Puppet and Chef, which enables automated programming and provisioning.
      - Real time ephemeral table programming to Junos software development kits (SDK).
      - Open Network Install Environment (ONIE) that enables disaggregation and loading of third-party network operating systems, freeing customers from vendor lock in.

    • Juniper is working with Alpha Networks, a leading original device manufacture (ODM), on the hardware design, which has been submitted to the OCP for review. Approval of the design is expected by the time the switch is available for purchase.

    • The OCX1100 provides the added benefit of complete Juniper technical support services for the hardware and software, lowering risk and increasing reliability for customers.

    • The new product will be available during the first quarter of 2015, and purchasing options will include volume-based pricing. Juniper Networks Inc. (NYSE: JNPR)

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