The other week (3/11/15) I was invited by Juniper Networks to their Sunnyvale, CA HQ location to particiapte in their 2015 Innovation Showcase. I have participated in Tech Field Day events in the past so I had an understanding of what to expect but what Juniper did blew me away – it turned out that this was the launch event for their new QFX10000 series switches, the Converged Supercore Architecture based on the PTX, and Express Path for their SRX5000, and ultimately their Q5 ASIC chip.
The QFX10000 is Juniper Networks latest addition to Data Center networking and it comes with Juniper Networks latest purpose-built ASIC -the Q5. The Q5 chip enables unprecedented performance, port density, and scale as can be seen in the QFX 10000. What is also very interesting is that the Q5 chip uses Memory Cube technology, something that is not found in merchant silicon. The QFX10000 is a high density spine switch optimized for the Data Center (or as many call it, “the cloud.”) How high density? If you look at the image above you will see an image of the QFX100002–72Q switch. Those are 72 – 40 GbE ports in that 2U switch! That equates to 288 – 10 GbE ports! Not enough bandwidth for you? Well, you can also order these boxes with 24 – 100 GbE QSFP28 interfaces instead! That is some serious bandwidth options right there! Still not enough for you? You can get these switches in a chassis design – 8–slot and 16–slot chassis options are available. The 8–slot chassis will support up to 1152 – 10GbE ports and the 16–slot will support up to 2304 – 10GbE ports! You can find out more about the QFX 10000 here – JUNIPER QFX10000. For more information on the Memory Cube / 3-D Memory technology, there is an great post by Chang-Hong Wu on the Juniper forums – 3-D Memory.
There are 3 models of the Airconsole 2.0 – Standard, Pro, and XL. The Standard and Pro (this is the one I own) are the same device except that the Pro comes with two Private Server licenses. The XL comes with all the same features as the Pro device but includes a larger battery. I have a license for the private server but have yet to play with that option, if you want to know more about the Private Server option you can find it at the Get-Console website here – Private Server.
The airconsole is made up of three parts – the airconsole device, a usb-RJ45 cable, and a Bluetooth USB dongle. The Bluetooth USB dongle connects to the cable ( that is the white bump in the picture below). In the box you also get a micro-USB charging cable, but that is not pictured here.
The first thing worth mentioning with the Airconsole is that fact that it has an Ethernet port on it. What is this good for? Well, the airconsole is also a WiFi and Bluetooth device that can come in handy for more than just console access.
Building on the “What’s in my toolbag” series that I revisited last week with the Fluke LinkSprinter, I wanted to talk about the next new item in my tool bag. This week we will take a look at a product called SergeantClip. The SergeantClip is used to help with cable management and switch replacements. I purchased these a few months back partially based on a post by Matt Norwood on his blog over at InSearchofTech as well as I was looking for a way to make swapping out switches easier.
Swapping out switches or a line card on chassis can be a royal pain in the you-know-what. Many times cables are not labeled, or if they are labeled they are actually mislabeled, and we typically need to do the swap fast as downtime is has to be kept to an absolute minimum. Even if the cables are labeled, we still want to be sure we put the cables we disconnect back into the proper port and that is where the SergeantClip helps you shine. They have two primary designs, a 6–port version that is great for 24–port switches/line-cards and a 12–port version that is great for 48–port switches/line-cards.