University Of Auckland Chooses Juniper Networks Qfabric for High Performance Computing Data Centers
Data Center Makeover Delivers Simple Management, Improved Efficiencies and Seamless Scale across the University’s Campus Network
- The UoA has a high-performance and heavily virtualized data center environment with approximately 2,100 virtual machines that, together with the new NeSI supercomputer, demands dense 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) top-of-rack connectivity today, with a pathway to 100 GbE in a few years.
- Juniper Networks QFabric was selected for the low-latency performance, scalability and operational simplicity it will bring to a new data center being built at UoA’s Tamaki Innovation Campus, which is particularly focused on high-performance computing as well as improving the University’s business continuity capabilities.
- Having chosen the QFabric system for the new Tamaki data center network, the university decided that it also wanted to extend the same QFabric benefits to a second data center site.
- Juniper Networks EX8216 and EX4500 Ethernet Switches, installed in the UoA’s existing data center last year, will be redeployed within the campus.
- Existing and new EX4500 switches will provide a 10GbE network aggregation layer at all campuses, connecting over fiber-optic cables and leveraging Juniper Networks Virtual Chassis technology to form a resilient, single-but-distributed logical switch.
- The EX8216 switches will form a new high-performance, high-capacity and highly available campus network core.
- With Juniper Networks Junos® running as a single operating system across all these switching platforms, and the extensive use of Virtual Chassis technology, UoA will be able to streamline network operations and reduce its operational costs.
- Juniper Networks Professional Services are working with UoA on a multi-phase implementation of the new switching infrastructure with the first QFabric System due to be in place at the Tamaki data center by mid-July. The second QFabric system, together with the new campus core and aggregation infrastructure, is scheduled to be online by the end of the year.
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