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Humair Raza

Change Need Not Be Disruptive

by Juniper Employee ‎11-24-2014 07:36 AM - edited ‎11-24-2014 01:09 PM

We humans despise change, new place, new job, new friends always give fright. But sometimes we have to go through the change process, one such event is the virtualization wave sweeping through the networking world. Service providers having to manage the unprecedented growth of traffic in their network and the need from their customers to enable customizable services are planning to virtualize certain network functions including edge routing, mobile packet core, IMS and such.


Even though this change is inevitable, it does not have to be painful. This is one of the key differentiators for the recently launched vMX platform from Juniper Networks. vMX is the virtualized version of the industry leading edge routing platform, running the virtualized control plane (Junos) and virtualized forwarding plane (Trio PFE). This approach provides a consistency in operation from physical to virtual environment so that operators do not need to get trained on new operating system and utilize the familiar processes to configure and manage the hybrid (virtual + physical) networks.


vMX was launched at Juniper’s EMEA AR/PR summit on November 6th. Stuart Borgman ran the demo of vMX to highlight some of the key value propositions, you can watch the recorded version of the demo to appreciate the fact that indeed change can be non-disruptive.


“It’s your network that’s not performing” A familiar refrain from the Developer whose application is coming under fire for not performing properly. 


The challenge that many network operations staff face is that today’s Data Centre networks are becoming increasingly complicated with many complex components including large switching, routing and VLAN architectures that can be implicated in performance degradations. This is further compounded with the fact the performance hits can be transient with issues such as microbursts and the net result is like trying to track down the will-o’-the- wisp.


This is a guest blog post. Views expressed in this post are original thoughts posted by Professor Birgitte Andersen, CEO and CoCreator, Big Innovation Centre.


Juniper Networks is again at the cutting edge of the smarter society with its vMX – the revolutionary virtual routing for enterprise and service provider networks. In the Big Innovation Centre panel session at the Juniper Networks technology showcase in London on November 6th we heard from EDF Energy, The Guardian, D&B and Juniper Networks about how energy, finance, health, publishing – to name but a few industries – are transformed by the new digital alchemies.


Networks are our new general purpose technology connecting the innovation ecosystem, business models, cities and more. Their transformative power resembles that of the railways, electrification, mass production and the early days of the public Internet. What is different is that network solutions do not sit outside the cities, businesses and homes which adopt them; they inherently only co-exist within them. This puts co-creation and peoples’ connected ideas at the heart of a new type of intangible industrial revolution, in which data and information are our new water, steel, electricity and oil. Networks of businesses, banks and universities are collaborating to exploit hitherto unimaginable volumes of digital data, to generate the social engagement, jobs and wealth we thought we could only dream of. Everyone agrees that it’s time for the ‘have-nots’ to join in.


The great American writer Mark Twain said Mark Twain.jpg“Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.” Although this is still pretty much true (geoengineering and climate modification notwithstanding), a lot of effort does go into predicting the weather. It turns out that some of the same techniques are used by Juniper Networks to find, fix, and even forecast problems in our products.


Paul Gainham

20 Years of Networking Innovation on a USB stick

by Juniper Employee ‎11-19-2014 12:39 AM - edited ‎11-19-2014 06:18 AM

I was lucky enough to be one of the people attending the Juniper Networks Launch Event on the 6th November 2014 in London at which we announced key new enhancements to the portfolio, including the Virtual MX Router, the worlds’ first carrier grade virtual router and Contrail Cloud, a reference architecture for NFV deployments.


As I sat listening to both Juniper and non-juniper people present, I started thinking about how you could represent what we were saying and launching within the 140 character limits of twitter, which as always forces you to summarise!


In the end, the tweet I sent out was the following and for me it helped summarise for me, what in my career at Juniper I have seen us do time and time again, we bring the future into focus.


An open architecture is both an advantage for customers, who value freedom of choice, and a discipline for vendors. At Juniper Networks this commitment to openness is a fundamental part of our strategy, and has been since the company was founded in 1996. It keeps us on our toes, but more important, it gives our customers the freedom to use the best technology, or to evolve their data center by leveraging existing investments. They can shape their future and are in control.


A year ago, Juniper announced MetaFabric as a simple, open and smart approach to network architectures in and across Data Centers leveraging the Junos operating system for network switching and routing, data centre orchestration and security. MetaFabric now has more than 5,000 customers, and has proved to be a fundamental advantage for many of those customers when building a private cloud infrastructure. Vendor lock-in from legacy network providers, the fear and expense of another forklift upgrade, is an important inhibitor to starting projects. Gartner reports that half of all businesses now have their own private cloud deployments. We know that many of our customers are asking; “How can I ensure my private cloud delivers long-term value?”



Juniper Networks Announces Virtual MX

by Juniper Employee ‎11-14-2014 11:25 AM - edited ‎11-17-2014 04:49 AM

On Thursday 6th November 2014, Juniper Networks launched the virtual MX (vMX) router. The vMX is a Virtualised Network Function (VNF) that has been developed directly from the software that runs on the Juniper Networks MX router. As a result, the vMX benefits from the extensive feature set, which has been developed on the MX over a seven-year period, contributing to making it the world’s first full-featured virtualized carrier-class router.


The vMX complements the existing MX product line. The MX portfolio includes the 80 Terabit MX2020 Router, supporting multiple 100 GE interfaces, to the much smaller (8.9 cm high) 80 Gigabits MX5 optimised for lower density 1 GE and 10 GE solutions.



Juniper at AfricaCom 2014: Towards Virtualization

by Juniper Employee ‎11-14-2014 05:31 AM - edited ‎11-15-2014 01:57 AM

I’m just flying back from Cape Town where I had the opportunity to attend AfricaCom 2014. Let me write some thoughts in this quick post.





The Emerging Moral Obligation You Have to People Like My Mum

by Juniper Employee ‎11-13-2014 06:00 AM - edited ‎11-13-2014 06:02 AM

We are all familiar with performance standards such as five-nines. But in our world of interconnectedness real people with real emotions are dependent on what we do day in and day out. In this article I explore the emerging moral obligation the technology world has to these "real" people.



Spotlight Secure - Actionable threat intelligence

by Juniper Employee ‎11-13-2014 03:32 AM - edited ‎11-17-2014 04:51 AM

Spotlight Secure is a highly scalable, open, and actionable security intelligence platform. Taking intelligence feeds from numerous sources, and allowing greater efficacy with the addition of threat scores and prioritisation, the solution gives administrators the power to deploy finely-tuned dynamic attack mitigation policies across multiple enforcement points – consisting of members of the Juniper SRX service gateway family.



Cloud Contrail. The Virtual Revolution is here.

by Juniper Employee on ‎11-12-2014 03:51 AM - last edited on ‎11-17-2014 04:52 AM by Administrator Administrator

A few days ago I attended the Juniper Press and Analyst event in London, where I was presenting our new Contrail Cloud Solutions. You can watch a video of my presentation and a summary in my blog.





Your ideas. Connected. A day of ideas and innovation sharing.

by Administrator Administrator ‎11-11-2014 08:34 AM - edited ‎11-17-2014 04:29 AM

Dave Silke, EMEA VP of Marketing, Juniper Networks opened up the recent PR and AR Summit event held in London last week and announced Juniper’s partnership with Big Innovation Centre. He then welcomed Brad Brooks, CMO of Juniper to the stage.


Brad spoke candidly about Juniper’s strategy and direction of the company. He highlighted that it is essential for ideas to be shared and that connecting ideas creates value. He said at Juniper we co-create with our customers.


He posed the question to the audience “What is a cloud about?” He answered in theory it’s about a remote data centre where you access apps, that’s the cloud. Isn’t it? Brad challenged the audience and said the cloud is now a delivery engine. It transforms business technology and processes by delivering things in a different way. The opportunities are different for each individual customer when it comes to the cloud. The cloud is changing the way we do business. All businesses are cloud builders, who either use clouds or build clouds.


He continued to say that at Juniper we are working with customers to co-create and innovate across routing, switching and security. Investing in all areas of the network to build intelligent, adapatable and scalable networks for the future.



Juniper Networks vMX Launch in Pictures

by Administrator Administrator ‎11-07-2014 11:18 AM - edited ‎11-17-2014 04:41 AM

The folllowing photographs provides you with a flavour of what happened in preparing the EMEA PR and AR Summit held in London on 6 November and the revealing of the NEW Virtual MX, which is an industry game changer.


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I recently attended the launch of Juniper Networks' Virtual MX Router at yesterday’s EMEA PR AR Summit held in London, here are some of the thoughts and feedback I captured from Twitter about this one day event:


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It is always a pleasure to hear Juniper customers talk about innovation and co-creation, I agree with Barbara French's above tweet.


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Highlighting Juniper’s recent partnership with the Big Innovation Centre was popular with the attendees.


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Good to hear people had some interesting meetings at the PR AR Summit on 6 November.


I took my car to the shop the other day. Nothing major, fortunately. It was a neighborhood garage that I had been to before.Old Garage.JPG (OK, not this one, but I like the picture). However, it got me thinking that in some ways purchasing and servicing your car is not that much different than purchasing and servicing your network. In both cases, it matters a lot who you call on. . .


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