Juniper Networks QFX5210-64C-S Ethernet Switch is a flexible, 64-port, fixed-configuration switch designed for spine-and-leaf applications in next-generation IP fabric networks. Featuring line-rate, high-density QSFP+/QSFP28 ports supporting 10GbE, 25GbE, 40GbE, 50GbE, and 100GbE connections, the QFX5210 offers an advanced L2, L3, and MPLS feature set. This allows network operators to build large, high-density IP fabrics that support network virtualization and intelligent traffic forwarding based on proven, Internet-scale technology, while enabling easy upgrades to 25GbE and 50GbE servers.
Network operators are increasingly deploying scale-out spine-and-leaf IP fabric architectures built with fixed-configuration switches to support growing east-west traffic in the data center. The Juniper Networks® QFX5210 Switch is a next-generation, fixed-configuration spine/leaf switch that offers flexible, cost-effective, high-density 10GbE, 25GbE, 40GbE, 50GbE, and 100GbE interfaces for IP fabric networks, providing deployment versatility, investment protection, and future-proofing for today’s data centers. The QFX5210 Switch’s high port density also contributes to simplified Clos architectures, eliminating network tiers while reducing complexity and cost.
Like other QFX Series switches, the QFX5210-64C-S supports advanced Layer 2, Layer 3, and MPLS features. For large public cloud providers—among the first to adopt 25GbE and 50GbE servers to meet explosive workload growth—the QFX5210 enables very large, dense, and fast IP fabrics based on proven Internet scale technology.
Additionally, the QFX5210-64C-S platform includes support for SONiC, continuing Juniper’s commitment to disaggregation, allowing customers to innovate quickly and easily while simplifying operations.
QFX5210-64C-S Hardware with SONiC Support
The QFX5210-64C-S Switch supports Junipers SONiC implementation, delivering best-of-breed hardware and routing for cloud providers while taking advantage of the flexibility, resiliency, and cost savings of SONiC’s open and disaggregated architecture. The SONiC-enabled QFX5210-64C-S, which plugs seamlessly into a unified SONiC network infrastructure, leverages the existing QFX5210-64C hardware and includes support for ONIE and IDEEPROM TLV format. ONIE and SONiC images are installed on the hardware at the factory. The Juniper-provided SONiC image includes the platform and FRU device drivers only; it does not include Juniper software features such as Layer 2, Layer 3, MPLS, EVPN, VXLAN, etc. The platform and FRU device drivers are uploaded to the SONiC Github open source repository. Customers can use their private SONiC patches by building and upgrading the ONIE and SONiC images on the switch.
The QFX5210 Series includes the following capabilities. Please refer to the Data Sheet for model-specific specifications and additional information.
- Flexible connectivity options: The QFX5210 offers a choice of 10GbE, 25GbE, 40GbE, 50GbE, and 100GbE interface speeds for server and intra-fabric connectivity, providing deployment versatility and investment protection
- Automation and programmability: The QFX5210 supports numerous network automation features, including operations and event scripts, Zero Touch Provisioning (ZTP), and Juniper plug-ins for OpenStack Neutron and CloudStack NetworkGuru
- Flexible Forwarding Table: The QFX5210 switch’s Flexible Forwarding Table (FFT) allows the hardware table to be carved into configurable partitions of Layer 2 media access control (MAC), Layer 3 host, and longest prefix match (LPM) tables. Junos OS provides configurable options through a CLI, enabling each QFX5210 to be optimized for different deployment scenarios
- MPLS: The QFX5210 supports a broad set of MPLS features, including L3 VPN, RSVP traffic engineering, and LDP to support standards-based multitenancy and network virtualization with per-flow SLAs at scale. The QFX5210 can also be deployed as a low-latency MPLS label-switching router (LSR) or MPLS provider edge (PE) router in smaller scale environments. The QFX5210, along with the Juniper Networks QFX5200, QFX5110, and QFX5100 switches, is among the industry’s most compact, low-latency, high-density, low-power family of switches to offer an MPLS feature set.