Network builder Juniper Networks has unveiled the QFX5100-AA, a new application acceleration switch, and the QFX-PFA, a new packet flow accelerator module. The solutions build on Juniper’s proven QFX product family, the QFX5100-AA and QFX-PFA and have been produced in partnership with Maxeler Technologies’ customisable software logic. Juniper claims the combination of the new technologies will “significantly accelerate” business-critical applications in latency-sensitive computing environments, such as financial services institutions, any applications that handle market data feeds, social media feeds, order execution routing, and big data analytics.
New features of the devices include:
- A holistic data center network architecture that builds on the Juniper Networks QFX5100 with a new 40G Ethernet switch that combines the Intel Xeon processor E3-1125C v2, with Broadcom switching silicon and the QFX-PFA module based on the Altera multi-100G field-programmable gate array (FPGA).
- Integration with Maxeler Technologies’ dataflow programming environment for specific application programming.
- Performance acceleration at the application level provided by using customisable logic to offload processing of compute intensive, real-time, deterministic, latency sensitive applications.
- Integration with Junos Space Network Director with data center management from a single point of control.
- Supports Java as the programming language to simplify logic programmability.
- Visibility and an application-centric view of the network through Juniper’s Cloud Analytics Engine including high frequency network monitoring and data analysis to improve overall performance.
Unfortunately if you want them now, then prepared to be disappointed as the QFX5100-AA and QFX-PFA devices won’t be available until Q3 2015.