Thursday, April 18, 2013

Juniper's New EX9200 Programmable Switch

Juniper Networks recently introduced the EX9200 as the newest member of their EX-series family of high-performance Ethernet switches. Targeted towards rising industry trends, the Juniper EX9200 Programmable Switch is designed to support both current and future Software-Defined Networking (SDN) interfaces and protocols.

Featuring multiple chassis and line card options, the EX9204 offers 4 slots in a 6U chassis, the EX9208 offers 8 slots in an 8U chassis, and the EX9214 offers 14 slots in a 16U chassis. Each chassis option offered by the Juniper EX9200 switch series can accommodate any combination of the available line cards. They will also feature built-in support for 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) interface cards as soon as they become available.

A fully configured single EX9214 switch can support up to 320 10GbE ports as well as featuring a maximum 240 Gbps (full duplex) per slot. Featuring a pass-through midplane design, with support for up to 13.2 Tbps, all EX9200 chassis feature support for redundant Routing Engine and Switch Fabric modules.

In addition to its scalable, future-ready performance, the programmability offered by the Juniper EX9200 delivers an entirely new level of investment protection, since network operators will now have the flexibility to add in future services with a minimal need for hardware upgrades. As a result, network operators will be able to quickly respond to business changes for enhanced business agility.

The Virtual Chassis architecture of the EX9200 switch simplifies existing network infrastructures by reducing the required network devices and layers by up to 50%. This allows for easy deployment and operation of applications including server virtualization, cloud computing, and more across campus and datacenter environments. 

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