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by Juniper Employee ‎09-21-2016 03:43 PM - edited ‎01-12-2017 06:56 AM

It’s not a question of if, but of when. When you stop talking about automating your datacenter network and actually do something about it.


Because the growing complexity of your IT infrastructure – that ongoing bugaboo for IT management – is going to force you to make the choice. As organizations like yours increasingly embrace cloud models and expand initiatives such as mobility, big data analytics and unified communications, they will need to simplify and modernize their data centers to eliminate silos and deploy architectural models that enable much higher levels of integration, automation and orchestration.  


Keep in mind that the true goal is not automation per se, but rather simplification – addressing the complexities of running a datacenter. Automation is effective at eliminating repetitive manual tasks. It is less effective when the underlying environment is too complex and requires the constant intervention of an expert. So it’s important to simplify the physical environment as much as possible first, then automation can mask much of the remaining complexity.


Simplifying and automating your networks is especially important. Network infrastructures have tended to be less agile than other datacenter components and have typically not delivered the levels of automation and programmability to meet today’s cloud initiatives. This is changing, however, as leading networking vendors are delivering innovations in fabric technologies, advanced automation tools and next-generation technologies, such as software-defined networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV).


Juniper Networks has been a pioneer in driving reduced complexity and increased automation in the network. The Juniper model follows a three-pronged approach to network automation and comprises built-in simplification and automation features within its switches, routers and security appliances, all as part of the industry leading Junos operating system. In addition, Juniper supports an open model that enables simple integration with industry leading automation and orchestration tools.


The business case for achieving operational simplicity through automation is powerful. Any organization of any size in any industry can save money, reduce complexity, increase speed to market, enhance employee productivity, and drive the successful deployment of new business services and applications.


To learn more about how Juniper Networks can help you make the business case for network simplicity and automation within your organization, please contact us.

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About the Author
  • Anil Lohiya is a Principal Engineer in the Campus and Data Center Business unit in Juniper Networks. In his current role, he is leading some of the SDN and Network Virtualization initiatives.
  • I am an Engineer with expertise in Data Packet Forwarding, Software Design & Programming with major domain expertise in QoS (Quality of Services). I have worked across the domains in Data communications field. I love water and am a good swimmer too.
  • Remarkably organized stardust.
  • I have been in the networking industry for over 35 years: PBXs, SNA, Muxes, ATM, routers, switches, optical - I've seen it all. Twelve years in the US, over 25 in Europe, at companies like AT&T, IBM, Bay Networks, Nortel Networks and Dimension Data. Since 2007 I have been at Juniper, focusing on solutions and services: solving business problems via products and projects. Our market is characterized by amazing technological innovations, but technology is no use if you cannot get it to work and keep it working. That is why services are so exciting: this is where the technology moves out of the glossy brochures and into the real world! Follow me on Twitter: @JoeAtJuniper For more about me, go to my LinkedIn profile:
  • Ken Briley is Data Center TME at Juniper Networks focused on Juniper switching product lines. Prior to Juniper Networks, Ken worked at Cumulus Networks as a TME supporting the dis-aggregation movement and before that he spent 15 years at Cisco Systems working in various roles: Technical Support, Technical Marketing Engineer, Network Consulting Engineer and Product Management. Ken has an MS in Electrical Engineering and is CCIE # 9754.
  • Michael Pergament, JNCIE-SP #510, JNCIE-ENT #23, JNCIE-DC #3
  • Raj is a Sr. Cloud Technology Architect with Juniper Networks and focuses on technologies such as VMware, SDN, and OpenStack etc.
  • Rakesh Dubey is the engineering head for Campus and Data Center business unit at Juniper Networks. He has been with Juniper for past six years leading multiple switching products.
  • Sarath Chandra Mekala is a staff engineer with Juniper networks and focuses on implementing Juniper's Openstack Neutron plugins in the areas of Switching, Routing, Firewall and VPN. He is an official contributor to Openstack Neutron FWaaS v2.
  • Sriram is a Sr. Manager in the Campus and Datacenter Business Unit. He is part of the Network Director team and focuses on technologies such as VMware integration, OpenStack etc.
  • An accomplished network engineer with 18+ years’ experience, and a Juniper employee since 2004, Tony leads the IT team focused on deploying “Juniper on Juniper”, using Juniper technology to run the business and deliver core business services across the enterprise. Tony holds a BS degree from California Polytechnic State University. Outside of work, Tony serves on a School Advisory Council, loves biking and good coffee.