Juniper Networks made a splash in enterprise networking when it announced its QFabric architecture about two years ago. QFabric was designed to be the foundation for the next-generation data center and offered a single-tier switching fabric. The solution was very innovative and the company was the first mainstream switching vendor to aggressively market the concept of a network fabric.
This week, Juniper unveiled its new MetaFabric architecture, which is a more holistic solution that includes not only switching but also routing, security and the company’s Contrail SDN Controller. The new MetaFabric architecture combines QFabric and the EX family, giving it a single architecture for both switch lines.
The most notable difference between MetaFabric and QFabric, though, is the fact that MetaFabric addresses a much bigger deployment than QFabric. When Juniper rolled out QFabric, the company was addressing the challenges in building a next-generation data center network. MetaFabric is designed to address the challenges of deploying a network within and across multiple data centers.