Juniper Networks Introduces JUNOS Powered Open Compute Project (OCP) Switch

Juniper Networks Introduces JUNOS Powered Open Compute Project (OCP) Switch Image Credit: Juniper Networks

Juniper Networks has introduced Juniper Networks® OCX1100, the 'first' switch to combine Open Compute Project (OCP) hardware design with a carrier-class network operating system, Junos® OS. According to Juniper, 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. Juniper Networks said that the OCX1100 will provide large cloud providers with proven software and open source network hardware that is much easier to deploy, integrate and support.

The 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, and support for native installation of tools in Junos, including Puppet and Chef, which enable automated programming and provisioning. 

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, added Juniper.

Mike Marcellin, senior vice president, strategy and marketing, Juniper Networks
The introduction of the OCX1100 is an example of Juniper Networks not only embracing the disruption brought on by emerging cloud technologies, but also moving the industry forward by providing the largest cloud providers with a viable option to create cost-effective and reliable large scale data centers. We remain committed to constant innovation and building open products that provide our customers with the technology they need today and in the future.

Martin Casado, senior vice president and general manager, Network and Security Business Unit, VMware
The rise of cloud and massive data centers presents an opportunity to fundamentally change enterprise business models -- if organizations can build cost-effective data centers that scale. Our partner, Juniper Networks, has met demands like this by delivering innovative technologies -- so I am not at all surprised to see them disaggregate the 'traditional' data center switch and become the first major networking provider to deliver a switch based on Open Compute Project guidelines.

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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