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Juniper Networks Outlines Vision and Strategy to Develop Next Generation Data Center Fabric

February 25
14:38 2009

Hosting NewsSUNNYVALE, Calif. – Juniper Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: JNPR), the leader in high-performance networking, today reinforced its commitment to the data center by disclosing the existence of a program within the company to deliver the next generation data center fabric. The program, code-named the Stratus Project, represents an initiative to create a single data center fabric that will deliver a quantum jump in scale, performance and simplicity, with the flexibility to support fully converged and virtualized data center environments. The Stratus Project is being developed by the newly announced Data Center Business Group, under the leadership of Executive Vice President David Yen, Ph.D.

Juniper Networks has a vision for a Cloud Computing Infrastructure that enables operational innovation based on the ability to connect everything and empower everyone. This vision paves the way to super data centers which can harness the scale to dynamically allocate any resource, including routing and security services, storage, appliances and servers – without compromise. Legacy architectures constrain today’s data centers as they attempt to cope with the exponential increase in applications, servers, storage and network traffic. By rethinking the network from the ground up, Juniper has created a long-term strategy to develop a single data center fabric with the flexibility and performance to scale to super data centers, while continuing to drive down the cost and complexity of managing the data center information infrastructure.

“Juniper’s Stratus Project addresses the modern mega data center’s pain points and endeavors to enable cloud computing to fulfill its maximum potential,” said Yen. “Reinventing and flattening the data center network is a very hard problem to solve and it requires a unique set of expertise and resources to tackle this challenge. High-performance businesses are in search of operational innovation and Juniper is committed to helping customers advance the economics of high-performance networking by creating a more elastic and efficient infrastructure from which to deliver services at unmatched scale while minimizing total cost of ownership.”

A Breakthrough to Connect Everything, Empower Everyone

The Stratus Project, which has been underway for more than one year, was coined after the meteorological term ‘stratus,’ defined as a flat, single-layer cloud. The Project, initially inspired and led by Juniper’s CTO and Founder Pradeep Sindhu, now spans across multiple business groups and has resulted in more than 30 patent applications filed to date.

Juniper’s expertise, innovative engineering and technological advantages in software, hardware systems, silicon and network architecture will be leveraged to uniquely address customer needs with a data center fabric designed to be:

* Flat, non-blocking and lossless to support converged traffic at 10 Gigabit Ethernet access port speed and optimized for server virtualization
* Scalable: from tens of ports to tens of thousands of 10GbE ports
* Fast: with up to an order of magnitude improvement in latency over today’s data center networks
* Reliable: carrier-class, with no single point of failure or downtime for reconfiguration and maintenance
* Secure: offering tightly integrated and virtualized security services
* Simple: presenting itself as a single, very large switch based on JUNOS® software, a single network operating system

Juniper Networks Data Center Infrastructure Solutions Today

Juniper introduced its first Data Center Infrastructure Solutions in November 2008, which are designed to advance IT initiatives for data center consolidation, server virtualization and sustainable information technology. The Juniper Data Center Infrastructure Solutions are comprised of the EX Series Ethernet Switches, including the new EX8200 line, MX Series Ethernet Services Routers and SRX Series Services Gateways. The solutions offered today can significantly reduce network complexity and total cost of ownership by up to 52 percent in capital expenditures, up to 44 percent in power, up to 44 percent in cooling and up to 55 percent in rack space in the data center.

Today, Juniper also announced its first 10 Gigabit access switch for data center access, the EX2500 line. The EX2500 switches address high-performance server access requirements with twenty-four 10 Gigabit Ethernet SFP+ ports which deliver wire-speed performance and 700 nanosecond latency. The EX2500 will be available in the second quarter of 2009 at a starting price of US$18,000.

Technologies created from the Stratus Project, when available for purchase, will augment and enhance the current Juniper Networks portfolio, providing additional options to lower their total cost of operations.

Visit the Juniper Networks Data Center Infrastructure Solutions website for more information or contact your Juniper Networks representative or authorized partner for additional information.

About Juniper Networks
Juniper Networks, Inc. is the leader in high-performance networking. Juniper offers a high-performance network infrastructure that creates a responsive and trusted environment for accelerating the deployment of services and applications over a single network. This fuels high-performance businesses. Additional information can be found at

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