Juniper QFabric Overview

Juniper QFabric is the #10 ranked solution in our list of top LAN Switching tools. It is most often compared to Cisco Nexus: Juniper QFabric vs Cisco Nexus

What is Juniper QFabric?
Juniper QFabric System is composed of multiple components working together as a single switch to provide high-performance, any-to-any connectivity and management simplicity in the data center. The QFabric System flattens the entire data center network to a single tier where all access points are equal, eliminating the effects of network locality and making it the ideal network foundation for cloud-ready, virtualized data centers.The highly scalable QFabric System improves application performance with low latency and converged services in a nonblocking, lossless architecture that supports Layer 2, Layer 3, and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) capabilities.

Juniper QFabric is also known as QFabric.

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What users are saying about Juniper QFabric pricing:
  • "In terms of price, the QFabric solution is going to be probably in the middle of the road for a fabric solution."

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Information Solutions Consultant at a computer software company with 51-200 employees
Top 5
Jan 13, 2021
A robust and scalable solution with amazing technical support and a special setup that can detect what is connected

What is our primary use case?

I did one of the projects with a company that purchased the original micro-fabric design, which had two director nodes. It was for InterConneX, and I believe it had 16 link nodes. They had InterConneX between two main locations of their data centers. They used dark fiber with an MPLS network for the backbone, and then they used the QFabric interlinks to be able to basically send their data center layer to the fabric across those MPLS links. QFabric that I've been dealing with for one of my customers is on code 17.

Pros and Cons

  • "The 40 gig backbone InterConneX was valuable for our use case. It is even faster now. QFabric has spine-leaf technology or topology, which basically makes every single hop only one hop away in terms of connecting from one device to another. It is a pretty good and robust solution. It works pretty well in terms of scalability, and their technical support is amazing."
  • "They are working on the virtualization of the actual fabric layer. They are moving away from the original spine-leaf design to a different infrastructure. Instead of having three tiers, which was the director of the interconnected nodes, they cut them back, and they still have that kind of structure."

What other advice do I have?

Make sure that you're aware of what you're going to be putting in. It can be tricky at times to understand the architecture, but once you do, it is going to ease your administration a lot because it is a virtual chassis or a virtual fabric. However, you might want to look into maybe only using it as the physical infrastructure of an SD-WAN layer. That way you've got your orchestration that goes on top of it. Typically, that's not what companies do currently, but I think it is a great solution for that physical layer. I would rate Juniper QFabric about an eight out of ten. It is a pretty good…
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