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Introducing Dan Hearty- Juniper's September Fan-of-the-Month

by Administrator Administrator on ‎09-12-2016 01:14 PM

Dan Hearty, Juniper Fan-of-the-MonthDan Hearty, Juniper Fan-of-the-Month

We are pleased to introduce our September Fan-of-the-Month, Dan Hearty.  In addition to sharing our technical blogs that he finds interesting, Dan frequently posts his Juniper experiences and gear on Twitter @danhearty, Dan is a long time Juniper user who is now focused on bringing SDN and NFV to Service Provider customers. He told us that the lab environments he works in are incredible and refers to them as an "engineer's playground".


A big shout to Dan for his advocacy efforts and congrats on being our September Fan-of-the-Month!


Find out more about Dan at work and at play in this Q&A.


How long have you been using Juniper products?

I have been working with Juniper products ever since I started my career at Telindus (now telent) nearly 10 years ago. During that time, I've been deploying and supporting Juniper products into Service Providers, delivering training, and POC/Type testing new hardware and software. More recently I’ve been particularly focused on bringing SDN and NFV to our Service Provider customers – mostly based on Contrail.


What was the first Juniper product you worked with?

I think it must’ve been the M160, T320 and T640. I also worked a little with the TX-Matrix. Having studied using small CPE it was a real eye opener to work with a TX-Matrix! We did have an M40 in our lab at the time but it was more of a museum piece!


What is your favorite thing about working with Juniper products?

It has to be the innovation. Juniper are continually pushing the boundaries and, in my opinion, boast some of the best hardware and software in the industry. I’ve been involved with some very exciting projects such as the world’s first deployment of the PTX into LINX prior to the 2012 Olympics.


What advice would you give to others considering Juniper certifications?

It’s all about motivation and commitment. Build a lab, buy a study guide, and learn it! For the JNCIE I would recommend a 12-month plan and a decent note taking app - I literally wrote everything down. Juniper led training and boot camps are also a great method of diving in and learning quickly. Finally, get involved with the online community and leverage some of the great knowledge and resources that are out there.


What Juniper product do you dream of working with?

This is a tough one given I’m already working with the industry leading PTX5K and the Gladiator FPC. However, I’m very interested in the packet optical innovations that are being driven from the BTI acquisition. On the NFV side CSO looks really cool! I wouldn’t mind getting my hands on an MX2020 or the PTX Omega J.


What do you like to do when you’re not busily working?

Having recently completed the JNCIE I’m slowly getting back into normal life! I spend most of my free time with family and friends, watching football (soccer), cooking and playing with technology. I’m also a huge fan of craft beer so I’m always hunting for a new IPA to try.



on ‎10-05-2016 11:25 AM

Well deserved Dan.  See you at the up and coming Juniper Tech events. 


Juniper Innovators Circle
About the Author
  • Hiroaki Kato is a Senior Director of Systems Engineering at Juniper Networks and is responsible for managing the Systems Engineering organization in Japan. Before he joined Juniper Networks, Kato served as Japan Country Manager for Red Bend Software. Kato was responsible for overall business operation of Red Bend Software Japan K.K and grew the business in Japan further in mobile and into other industries. Prior to Red Bend, he was with Avaya Japan Ltd. During his time at Avaya Japan, the roles he took include overall operation of Avaya Japan as its Representative Director, Director of Solutions and Engineering and number of other leadership roles in strategy creation and business development. He also spent time at Avaya’s headquarters in New Jersey, USA, working as strategy and operations prime for one of the Avaya’s business units as well as some leadership role for global sales operations organization. Prior to Avaya, he served as the Unit Manager of Telecommunication Infrastructure Business Unit of Mitsubishi Corporation’s Information Systems and Services Group, providing carrier grade telephony systems and associated support to major telecom carriers in Japan. He also served as a board member of MC Techno-Serve Ltd, a 100% subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corporation which provided post sales maintenance of the carrier grade telephony systems Mitsubishi Corporation sold. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Tokyo University and EMOT at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  • Tony Ng is an APAC Demo coordinator with Juniper Networks and is responsible for maintaining inventory of lab equipment in Hong Kong, assist with PoC lab projects, and Demo loan shipment.
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