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Using the Draft to Build a Solid Network Foundation

by Juniper Employee ‎07-11-2017 02:49 PM - edited ‎07-12-2017 02:21 PM

The amateur draft—an annual rite where sport franchises select the best available players, —is arguably the most exciting part of the off season.


Whether it’s the NHL, NBA, MLB, or NFL, teams systematically take turns selecting the best available draft-eligible players from high schools, colleges, and various minor leagues, as well as players from professional leagues around the world.


All successful teams follow a similar strategy: they assemble a strong core of players over time and then tweak their roster via trade or free agency, acquiring complementary role players who enhance the skillsets of the existing core.  In other words, they build a solid foundation based on an open and flexible structure that can seamlessly integrate the best available elements to meet constantly evolving challenges.


Sound familiar?


The best networks are built in much the same way.  For instance, the open programmability of the Juniper Networks Junos operating system has ushered in a new era of business innovation. Service providers and enterprises alike can maximize business outcomes by automating network operations. Rather than manually deploy and manage a network infrastructure that can only scale as fast as existing resources allow, one can now leverage APIs, scripts, and an open-source framework to build a foundational network with automated configuration, real-time management, and dynamic scalability. More importantly, a foundational network that is completely open to third-party programmability increases agility, reduces operational complexity, and unlocks immediate market opportunities—critical in this increasingly competitive market.


Juniper has been at the forefront of network automation, spearheading disaggregation of software from hardware, deeper componentization, and broader API programmability that enable service providers and enterprises to build secure, scalable foundational networks for the future.


I would like to invite you to explore the various use cases that Juniper Networks automation has to offer. Watch our latest webinar and learn how Groupon, a leading online retailer, used Junos OS programmability to rapidly automate clos-fabric data centers.  


There are endless possibilities with Juniper’s automation.  Visit the Automation Use Cases page on to learn more.



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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