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  • 1. SOLUTION BRIEFOptimized Physical InfrastructureSolution for the Modern Data CenterJuniper Networks and Panduit Reduce Time and Complexity for Today’s DataCenter Deployments Today’s data centers are mission critical facilities that have undergone a series of significant changes in recent years. As a result of the constantly changing and highly Challenge complex IT landscape, modern data centers will continue to place unique demands on Provide a high-performance, scalable the physical infrastructure, which must not only support the requirements of the data network infrastructure that offers center, but must also perfectly align to the logical network design. a unified modular management As operational requirements drive data center technology in new directions, the platform to enable the challenging network is defining the data center of the future. The use of traditional three- operational requirements of today’s tier hierarchical network architectures, once the industry standard, are now being virtualized and cloud environments. reconsidered due to the constraints they put on operational agility and performance. Solution Enterprises need a network architecture that incorporates agility, modularity, and Juniper Networks QFabric family of efficiency in IT manageability. Achieving these benefits relies on critical infrastructure products and Panduit Unified Physical considerations. Infrastructure-based solutions help enterprises design and build the Panduit and Juniper Networks have come together to offer comprehensive solutions optimal physical infrastructure and to meet these new operational requirements. Panduit offers a complete physical take advantage of a switch fabric for infrastructure portfolio that includes cabinets, cable management, High Speed Data the data center. Transport (HSDT), and operational management solutions. These offerings used in Benefits conjunction with Juniper Networks® QFabric™ technology enable customers to easily • Highly scalable to meet demands of architect modern cloud-ready data centers. growing data centers • Reduced deployment time with pre- The Challenge configured infrastructure solutions With the network infrastructure becoming the epicenter of the data center of the future, it has become evident to more and more enterprises that traditional three-tiered network • Reduced energy consumption architectures are not capable of supporting the requirements of growing business • Simplified cabling infrastructure systems. Traffic patterns and latency sensitivity have shifted closer attention to network • Full range of services to assess, architecture in recent years. In the past, a majority of data center traffic moved north design, and maintain data center and south in the network tree between users and servers. Traditional hierarchal “tree” infrastructure architectures worked fine for these applications. However, with today’s traffic patterns, • Consistent low end-to-end latency most network traffic—up to 75%—is traveling east to west, between devices within the switch and storage fabric data center. As a result, traversing the data center requires as many as five network hops, adding both latency and jitter which directly impacts application performance. In a typical tree configuration, server and storage resources are located in close proximity to each other. As long as applications don’t “move” the network, performance is predictable. However, the desire to better utilize compute and storage resources requires more flexibility in application placement and hence a network design that can deliver connectivity while not sacrificing application performance. 1
  • 2. In addition, storage cannot be considered separately from the In order to effectively design this innovative single-tier QFabricdata center. Enterprise data center operators and administrators architecture, it is critical that the enterprise has comprehensive,are looking for a way to both simplify and converge their LANs and intelligent physical infrastructure solutions in place from anstorage area networks (SANs). This would ultimately save money industry leader such as Panduit. Panduit offers a completeand allow increased operational efficiency. The ability to scale solution for the infrastructure supporting single-tier, fabric-basedis critical for today’s data centers. In order to build cloud-ready networks. The following paragraphs and table outline the keydata centers (both private and public), high levels of scalability, physical infrastructure areas to support QFabric technology.elasticity, and multi-tenancy capabilities are required. Panduit Cabinet and Cable Management Solutions: PanduitQFabric technology is built for scalable data centers. It is a cabinet and cable management solutions help enable new datarevolutionary design that creates a single-tier network that can center architectures like QFabric technology. Panduit cabinet andbe operated and managed like a single logical Ethernet switch. rack solutions support both 2-post and 4-post applications withIt provides a quantum leap in performance, scale, and simplicity, sizes ranging from 42 to 52 RU. The cabinet solution also includeswhile delivering the ability to support the fully converged and cable management and thermal management both within andvirtualized environments that are critical success factors for outside the cabinet.today’s data centers. Panduit HSDT Solutions: Panduit fiber optic and copper cablingThe single-tier switch QFabric architecture needs to be combined solutions for 10Gb, 40Gb, and 100Gb Ethernet, and 8 Gb, 16 Gb, 32with intelligent physical infrastructure solutions that will Gb Fibre Channel communications help enable new data centerprovide high performance and reliability, ease of scalability, and architectures such as QFabric technology. Panduit Signature Coresimplicity of management. This is where Panduit plays a key role Fiber Optic Cabling System is a new innovative high-performancein supplying world-class physical infrastructure solutions for the fiber that balances both modal and chromatic dispersion,Juniper Networks QFabric family of products. allowing it to extend its reach beyond standard requirements. Panduit is paving the way in the relevant standard bodies toThe Juniper Networks QFabric – Panduit promote enhanced customer expectations through the use of thisUnified Physical Infrastructure Solution new technology. Signature Core extends the radius of QFabric architecture to meet customer implementation requirements.One of the biggest challenges with today’s data center is keepingthe network simple while enabling it to grow without making Panduit copper technology incorporated into its 10GbE SFP+uncomfortable performance trade-offs. Adding new switches is direct attach copper (DAC) cable assemblies and CAT6A andthe typical response to network growth, but that means more CAT6A-SD (small diameter) unshielded twisted pair for 10GbEdevices to manage and, more importantly, a potentially negative Base-T provides enhanced performance characteristics. Bothimpact on network performance due to switch locations. copper and fiber products can be incorporated into the QuickNet solution family that offers pre-engineered, pre-assembled, andQFabric technology effectively addresses this challenge. The pre-tested assemblies. This greatly speeds up the deployment ofQFabric architecture has a unique ability to reduce complexity the solution as well as ensuring expected performance.by flattening the network to a single tier, providing any-to-anyconnectivity that ensures every device is no more than a single Panduit Operational Management Solutions: Panduit operationalhop away from any other device. Increasing port counts with management solutions help enable new data center architecturesQFabric architecture does not increase complexity or add devices like Juniper Networks QFabric architecture. These solutionsto manage, since all QFabric solution components are managed include grounding, identification, and labeling products, as well asas a single device. Physical Infrastructure Manager (PIM) software.Table 1: Panduit Complete Physical Infrastructure Portfolio for QFabric Technology Cabinet and cable management solutions • Dynamic load rated cabinets • Cable management/pathway solutions • Zone systems (overhead/under floor) • Data center facility/cabinet/equipment thermal management • Pre-configured/ready to deploy systems • High-density patch panels HSDT cabling solutions • Fiber technology (OM3, OM4, Signature Core, Hydra Systems) • Copper technology (SFP, QSFP quad small form-factor pluggable transceiver), QSFP to SFP+ Hydras) • QuickNet fiber/copper technologies (pre-engineered, pre-assembled, pre-tested assemblies) Operational management solutions • Power outlet units (POUs) • Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM)—physical infrastructure software monitoring (e.g., power usage, thermal) • Grounding solutions (equipment and ESD protection) • Identification solutions (cable colors and labeling) • Installation guides/reference architectures 2
  • 3. QFabric technology is Juniper Networks’ leading data center and breaking them out into these individual components, QFabricswitching architecture, intended to radically transform the technology introduces a highly scalable solution that revolutionizeseconomics and performance of networking in the modern data the data center network.center. Introduced in early 2011, the QFabric family of products is Each component plays a vital role in how the QFabric architecturedesigned to address the emerging requirements of modern data works.centers ranging in size from small high-performance computing(HPC) clusters, to large-scale virtualized and converged access • QFabric Node: In the QFabric architecture, the line cards thatenterprise data centers, to cloud-based mega data centers. typically reside within a modular chassis switch become high- density, fixed-configuration, 1 U edge devices that provide accessQFabric technology exploits the homogeneity and regular layout into and out of the fabric. The Node, which can also operate as anof a rack-based server infrastructure, as well as a future-proofed independent top-of-rack (TOR) 10GbE switch, provides compute,cabling approach for 40 Gbps and 100 Gbps intra-data center storage, services, and network access for the QFabric architecture.connectivity. A single QFabric system converged switch/router can • QFabric Interconnect: The Interconnect represents the typicalscale up to 6,000 10GbE ports in up to 128 racks with end-to-end backplane of a modular switch, connecting all Node edge deviceslatency of five microseconds under typical loads. The lossless in a full mesh topology. This topology provides the data planeQFabric architecture, which is suitable for storage traffic, delivers connectivity between all Nodes, with the Interconnect acting asnon-blocking any-to-any connectivity, a Spanning Tree Protocol the high-performance backplane.(STP)-free environment for L2 deployments, and a scale-out • QFabric Director: The Routing Engines embedded within aarchitecture for both L2 and L3 use cases—all managed as a single modular switch are externalized in the QFabric architecture viadevice. QFabric architecture is the result of nearly three years of the Director, which provides control and management services forextensive R&D investments, and it is the networking industry’s the fabric. Deployed in clusters to provide redundancy, Directorsfirst true network fabric, producing more than 100 different patent provide a single management interface to manage the scalablefilings across multiple areas of innovation. data plane provided by the Node and Interconnect devices.The QFabric architecture consists of four separate but With all components working together, the QFabric architectureinterdependent building blocks—Juniper Networks QFX3500 behaves as a single logical switch that seamlessly integrates intoNode, QFX3008 Interconnect, QFX3100 Director, and out-of- the existing data center infrastructure.band management. These work together to create a single high-performance, low latency fabric, unleashing the full power of the Figure 1 provides a logical view and a physical view of the Panduitdata center. By taking the basic attributes found in any switch fabric and QFabric solution. Logical View Physical View – Juniper Networks and Panduit QFabric Directors Storage Compute Network Services and Interconnect Rack(s) Rack(s) Rack(s) w/QFX TOR w/QFX TOR w/QFX TORStorage Devices Network Services(NAS, FC/FCoE, (Firewall, Loadbalancer, iSCSI) Routers) Servers (Blade Chassis, Rackable) Figure 1: QFabric System in Panduit Solution 3
  • 4. Features and BenefitsAdoption of the Juniper-Panduit solution enables users to enjoy the following features and benefits:Table 2: Juniper-Panduit Solution Features and Benefits Feature Benefit Panduit Reduced power consumption with energy efficient cabinets • Modular components that address power, cooling, space, and cable management challenges, enabling a 25% reduction in energy consumption*, deployment speed, and optimized space utilization Simplified deployments with pre-configured physical • Helps reduce deployment times up to 65%* and mitigates the risk of adopting new infrastructures technologies with reliable and robust preconfigured infrastructures Increased management capabilities enabled by intelligent • Enables effective optimization of the data center’s space, power, and capacity software and hardware planning through 10% OpEx savings in energy costs, 75% faster moves, adds, and changes, and 80% faster mean time to repair (MTTR)* Maximized network performance with HSDT cabling • Delivers maximum flexibility during planning, designing, commissioning, and operation of the data center Support throughout the process available with Data Center • Full range of physical infrastructure layer services to help assess, design, and Advisory Services maintain resilient, sustainable solutions to reduce costs by up to 20%* QFabric Architecture Simplified operation • Single logical control point for entire fabric True scale-out capability • Architecture that scales up to 6,000 10GbE ports and 128 racks, with the ability to scale beyond 10GbE in the future Low latency fabric • Less than 5 microseconds consistently across the fabric between any two interfaces Virtualization and converged architecture • Architecture that is optimized for server virtualization, making it easier for enterprises to eliminate “stranded capital” • Eliminates the need to provision separate networks for LAN and SAN trade-offs found with three-tiered tree networks High availability (HA) • Carrier-class infrastructure with no single point of failure or downtime for reconfiguration and maintenance Green • Consumes less power, requires less cooling, uses simplified cabling, and produces a fraction of the carbon footprint of legacy multi-tiered data center networksSolution Components • Visibility and control for managing and automating real-time dataThe Panduit-Juniper joint solution consists of the QFabric processes and documentationarchitecture and the Panduit complete physical infrastructure • Convergence of new technologies and high-speed dataportfolio which includes the following: applications• Cabinets • Operational efficiency through process improvement and IT initiatives, such as cooling conservation through energy efficient• Cable management/pathways data cabinets• HSDT cabling solutions • Capacity management for greater real estate utilization• Operational management solutions • Modular pods designed to support high-density applicationsSummary and provide consistent, reliable deployments while lowering infrastructure risks and costsThe QFabric architecture is purpose-built to address thechallenges posed by new trends in data center networking. It is Next Stepsthe industry’s first truly scale-out architecture that allows users For more information, please contact Juniper Networks atto build a network incrementally, with a single top-of-rack device www.juniper.net or Panduit at www.panduit.com.that enables connectivity to an additional rack of servers. With allcomponents working in concert, the QFabric architecture behaves About Panduitas a single logical switch that seamlessly integrates into the Panduit is a world-class developer and provider of leading-existing data center infrastructure. edge solutions that help customers optimize the physicalIn order to take full advantage of this single-tier architecture, IT infrastructure through simplification, agility, and operationaldepartments need to utilize data center infrastructures that offer efficiency. Panduit’s Unified Physical Infrastructure (UPI) basedthe operational agility and manageability to adjust for shifting solutions give enterprises the capabilities to connect, manage,requirements. Panduit provides a comprehensive, intelligent and automate communications, computing, power, control, anddata center offering that supports best practice methodologies. security systems for a smarter, unified business foundation.Panduit’s data center solutions enable physical to logical Strong relationships with technology leaders, complemented witharchitecture integration, and deliver robust, scalable physical its global staff and unmatched service and support, make Panduitinfrastructures that address: a valuable and trusted partner. For more information, please visit www.panduit.com.* Results are dependent upon various conditions. Please speak to a Panduit representative for details. 4
  • 5. About Juniper NetworksJuniper Networks is in the business of network innovation. Fromdevices to data centers, from consumers to cloud providers,Juniper Networks delivers the software, silicon and systems thattransform the experience and economics of networking. Thecompany serves customers and partners worldwide. Additionalinformation can be found at www.juniper.net.Corporate and Sales Headquarters APAC Headquarters EMEA Headquarters To purchase Juniper Networks solutions,Juniper Networks, Inc. Juniper Networks (Hong Kong) Juniper Networks Ireland please contact your Juniper Networks1194 North Mathilda Avenue 26/F, Cityplaza One Airside Business Park representative at 1-866-298-6428 orSunnyvale, CA 94089 USA 1111 King’s Road Swords, County Dublin, Ireland authorized reseller.Phone: 888.JUNIPER (888.586.4737) Taikoo Shing, Hong Kong Phone: 35.31.8903.600or 408.745.2000 Phone: 852.2332.3636 EMEA Sales: 00800.4586.4737Fax: 408.745.2100 Fax: 852.2574.7803 Fax: 35.31.8903.601www.juniper.netCopyright 2012 Juniper Networks, Inc. All rights reserved. Juniper Networks, the Juniper Networks logo, Junos,NetScreen, and ScreenOS are registered trademarks of Juniper Networks, Inc. in the United States and othercountries. All other trademarks, service marks, registered marks, or registered service marks are the property oftheir respective owners. Juniper Networks assumes no responsibility for any inaccuracies in this document. JuniperNetworks reserves the right to change, modify, transfer, or otherwise revise this publication without notice.3510450-001-EN May 2012 Printed on recycled paper 5