Juniper and the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) announced a joint project to create a new ultra-low-latency data center design that the exchange will deploy in both its NYC metro and London metro data centers. This deal will be converting to Juniper’s new data center Stratus fabric in the future, to achieve a next-level flattening of the connection structure and further reduce latency.
Another interesting thing about the deal is that there are some similarities between the NYSE application and the “intra-cloud” networking associated with public, private, and especially hybrid cloud computing. While there is no virtualization in these data centers because of the unanimity of applications, the exchanges have an enormous amount of “federated” traffic from servers owned by others but sited locally to the exchange.
The requirements for this sort of application in the stock exchange world may be more stringent than those of a typical enterprise, but the issues of controlling latency and above all the jitter associated with it are exactly the same issues enterprises are worrying over in private and hybrid cloud applications. Whether Juniper will be able to exploit the exchange win in the broader cloud market is now the critical question.