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The Self-Driving Network™: Cloud-Grade Networking

by Juniper Employee ‎07-05-2017 12:58 AM - edited ‎08-02-2017 07:48 AM

This is part VI in our multi-part blog series on the Self-Driving Network™. Find part V here.


Last month, Juniper launched “Cloud-Grade Networking” to chart the path forward as we help our customers build and use networks to gain competitive advantage. The vision consists of 4 pillars: Everywhere networking; Software Defined Secure Networks; Platform first; and my favorite, the Self-Driving Network.


Networks today are too complex, difficult, and expensive to manage and operate. They’re too brittle and not adequately protected from threats. We need networks that are operationally efficient, secure, reliable, and resilient and this is why we’re building the Self-Driving network.


The Self-Driving Network consists of infrastructure that is predictive, adaptive, and ultimately, responsive to its environment. Notifying an operator of an anomaly is nice, but that’s not good enough. You may have seen a recent ad that makes fun of a dental “monitor” who notifies his patient of a cavity but does nothing to fix it. The network should predict trouble ahead of time and then take the steps necessary to avoid problems so they never occur. But breakdowns will occur and when they do the network must automatically take corrective action.


The Self-Driving Network is the progression of a collection of technologies that includes: real-time telemetry, workflow automation, intent-driven networking, multi-modal views of the network, machine learning, and more. Another way to look at it is that it is an evolution from human-automation to event-driven-automation to machine-driven automation and on to full autonomy.



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But make no mistake, the Self-Driving Network is more than just a good story. We have self-driving elements today and the steps listed above overlap significantly and don’t rigidly follow in sequence. Our Contrail and Northstar SDN controllers contain intent-driven capabilities today, while machine learning is critical to the operation of Sky ATP, our advanced threat protection service. And we’re developing additional self-driving capabilities into our product portfolio every day.


For more information about Cloud-Grade Networking go here and for more information about the Self-Driving Network go here.

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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.
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