Julien Goodwin
More ranting about Juniper 
6th-Jan-2013 01:00 am
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It's time for another post pointing out what I think Juniper should do (Two previous posts in October 2011 covered Qfabric and other switching).

Thankfully it's no longer a secret that I use (the big) Juniper kit at work (and yes I've logged in to some of the boxes in that photo this week). I also have a bunch of personal contacts at Juniper, but I know nothing about any unreleased products.

Qfabric has really improved, and people really are deploying it, of my previous list the things that really stick out are still the lack of MX & SRX integration, especially as we now know it's just software blocking it. For smaller sites if they offered an inbuilt 24-port switch on the control plane nodes it would remove the control plane aggregation boxes.

I'm still amazed they're yet to offer a shared external control plane (for EX, QF and perhaps MX80) and serious BGP route reflector, surely the profit made from selling M7i's and MX240's (for those with higher BGP needs) for only BGP reflection can't be that high.

While I'm on MX the MX80 is starting to look a little long in the tooth, I believe if they were to do a refresh using the chips in the MPC4 they should be able to double the forwarding throughput (I'd hope they seriously improve the control plane at the same time).

One more thing I mentioned in one of the previous entries was how I'd love a version of the EX2200-C that had 10g uplinks, I really doubt that power is the reason they don't offer it (although perhaps they wouldn't be able to do a PoE variant of that combo). In fact I've just ordered two of the PoE version to use in my home networks both in Melbourne and Sydney.

The EX8200 another year on is now looking very old, and could really use a new fabric to give it denser 10g, and offer 40g or even 100g ports for those who don't want to go down the Qfabric path.

Speaking of refresh, it might be interesting to see a device in between the SRX650 and the SRX1400, as Cavium (who make the processors used in the lower-end SRX) have some nice options now.

While on SRX it's beyond pathetic that now in 2013 they still don't offer usable IPv6 supporting CPE (even on the v4 side there's enough limitations that they still don't make a good CPE on their own).

Sadly this leads to my last point, JunOS' release managment has been going downhill for as long as I've been using their kit (since 2009), and despite several re-orgs it still doesn't seem to be getting much better. Now, despite dropping back from four to three releases a year they failed at even that, as 12.3 still hasn't been released.

Earlier in the year they were trying to hire people in the JunOS PM area, I hope they managed to find someone good.
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