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Automation in the Era of Digital Cohesion

by Juniper Employee ‎12-12-2016 05:25 AM - edited ‎01-26-2017 04:27 PM

Rami recently articulated Juniper’s vision for the future: an era of “Digital Cohesion” that will usher in substantial changes in the way we interact with technology. Digital Cohesion refers to “a future in which applications connect and self-assemble to deliver compelling mega-services that enhance our lives.” To realize this vision, Juniper is hard at work tackling four challenges:


1. Performance

Low latency will become a competitive differentiator as end users demand instantaneous response and service in the Digital Cohesion world.


2. Interoperability

Individual services that have never been used previously may be called upon to communicate with other services to complete the task at hand - this means openness and disaggregation at every layer in the stack.


3. Trust

Digital Cohesion will require a level of trust we’ve never seen before, enabled by what we call “the “Software-Defined Secure Network."


And finally,


4. Automation

Digital Cohesion will require that service providers and enterprises provision numerous services instantly to deliver a frictionless customer experience. It will not be humanly possible to keep up with this demand manually, but there is a solution: Automation. As services intertwine and networks become more pervasive and complex the only way to make the economics work is through automation.


Juniper’s automation Strategy is to 1. Reduce operational complexity through simplification and abstraction; 2. Enable customers to deploy new network services faster; and 3. Improve capacity utilization and network resiliency through deep telemetry. To help our customers execute on this strategy Juniper has constructed an automation framework that consists of a comprehensive suite of tools, extension kits, and programmatic interfaces. But to truly unleash the power of Digital Cohesion we need to go beyond mere automation. We need to push toward networks that operate autonomously:




We refer to this end state as the “Self-Driving Network (TM),” where networks self-discover, self-configure, self-monitor, self-fill in the blank – this is what “SDN” stands for, right? Networks need to become more predictive and adaptive to their environments. The path to these “zero touch” networks relies on telemetry, automation, machine learning, and programming with declarative intent.


Humans currently bogged down in the many tedious aspects of running networks will be freed up and allowed to focus on higher-level, strategic activities. Yes, some jobs will disappear, but many others will evolve, and new jobs will be created. Too many people in our industry are fearful of automation and the “robots taking our jobs.” We view the future much more optimistically. While many speak of artificial intelligence, we prefer to think in terms of augmented intelligence.


You’ll hear much more from us about Digital Cohesion and the Self-Driving NetworkTM in 2017. . .

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About the Author
  • Ben has been working with service providers around the world for the last 15 years developing business cases for a variety of product concepts and new ventures. Ben holds an MBA from MIT and a BS & MS in Mechanical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University.
  • Part of Juniper PS EMEA since 2005 Primarily interested in making technology do the boring repetitive work so I can do fun new work.
  • Donyel Jones-Williams is the Director of Service Provider Product Marketing Management overseeing all of Juniper's Service Provider Products for Juniper Networks. In this role, he leads all of the internal and external marketing activities for Juniper with respect to routing, automation, SDN and NFV. Prior to joining Juniper Networks in January 2014, Donyel was a Senior Product Line Manager for Cisco Systems with in the High End Optical Routing Group managing product lifecycle for multiple products lines helping telecom providers operate efficiently and effectively including; ONS 155xx Product Family, ONS 15216, ONS 15454 MSTP, Carrier Packet Transport Product Family, ME 2600x, & ASR 9000v. He also negotiated favorable agreements with 3rd-party vendors furnishing components and parts and conducted both outbound and inbound marketing (webinars, case study-development, developed and delivered both business & technical at Cisco Live 2005-2012). Donyel graduated from California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. While attending Cal Poly SLO he was a collegiate student athlete playing football as a wide receiver and a key member of the National Society of Black Engineers. Donyel is now an active volunteer for V Foundation.
  • Dwayne loves everything related to automation and enjoys talking about it: Automation benefits outweigh any associated disruption.
  • Ebben Aries is a Principal Engineer for Junos Manageability in the Juniper Development and Innovation Division.
  • Michael Pergament, JNCIE-SP #510, JNCIE-ENT #23, JNCIE-DC #3
  • Marcel Wiget is a member of the Routing TME team. His career within Juniper started back in 2009 as a Senior Systems Engineer driving one of the first MX based Broadband Edge deployment to success. Prior to Juniper, Marcel held various positions in pre-sales, professional services and development at Chantry Networks, Spring Tide, Nortel Networks and Wellfleet.
  • Surya Nimmagadda is a Distinguished Engineer working on packet forwarding software for Juniper Networks routing and switching platforms.
  • Pallavi Mahajan is Vice President Engineering, Junos Engineering, and leads the Junos Programmability & Automation teams
  • Product Manager, JUNOS Automation