Juniper to give Uni of Auckland a datacentre makeover

Juniper to give Uni of Auckland a datacentre makeover

QFabric solution to make its way into two university datacentres

Juniper Networks has been selected to give the University of Auckland’s (UoA) two key datacentres a technology makeover with the deployment of its QFabric system.

As New Zealand’s largest university, UoA hosts a heavily virtualised datacentre environment, housing approximately 2100 virtual machines, and requires 10GbE connectivity, with a pathway to 100GbE in a few years.

The QFabric was selected as UoA believes it will offer the appropriate low-latency performance, scalability, and operational simplicity for a new datacentre being built at its Tamaki Innovation Campus, as well a second campus. The Tamaki facility is focused on high-performance computing and improving the university’s business continuity capabilities.

“Having evaluated the QFabric system, we found its operational and low-latency performance advantages, which are particularly important to high-performance computing, to be so compelling we decided to adopt it as our standard infrastructure across both datacentres,” UoA operations associate director, James Harper, said.

The first QFabric system is due to be in place at Tamaki by mid-July, with the second scheduled to be online by the end of the year.

“In addition, the common functionality throughout Juniper EX series switches enabled us to redeploy the solutions and give the campus network a much needed upgrade.”

Juniper EX8216 and EX4500 Ethernet switches were installed in UoA’s existing datacentre last year, and will be redeployed within the Tamaki campus. Existing EX4500 switches will provide a 10GbE network aggregation layer at all campuses, connecting over fiber-optic cables and leveraging Juniper Virtual Chassis technology for a single-but-distributed logical switch.

Juniper’s Junos operating system will be live across all switching platforms.

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