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Multi Cloud.jpgEnterprises have moved beyond the “Private vs. Public vs. Hybrid Cloud” debate, embracing a “Multi-Cloud” strategy that offers unprecedented flexibility for matching workloads to best-in-class technologies, adopting various price-points, and choosing geographical locations.

 

Enterprises still prefer private clouds to support their predictable and sensitive workloads, and they value the elastic nature of public clouds and the inherent benefits of pay-as-you-go economics and bursty dynamic workloads when scaling the business to meet demand growth. The multi-cloud approach offers the best of both worlds, allowing users to easily move workloads from private to various public clouds without getting locked into a particular provider.

 

The 1H 2017 OpenStack Summit, held in Boston May 8-11, saw a majority of sessions devoted to Mutli Cloud strategy and Kubernetes.  Many other sessions focused on the operational challenges of large-scale deployments.  Telco presenters emphasized the need for VMs and containers to co-exist for years to come, warning the community to plan for such a mixed environment.

 

Why Kubernetes Invaded the Sessions at OpenStack Summit

OpenStack has long been a platform that uses VMs as the computing units for cloud workloads. As the adoption of containers takes off, however, thanks to their low footprint and faster bring-up times, Kubernetes is also taking off as the top container management framework. This has created concerns about whether this trend will lead to the end of OpenStack. It is promising to see how the OpenStack community is embracing Kubernetes as a complementary technology for accelerating multi-cloud adoption.  The two sides have agreed not to duplicate efforts and instead focus on the right things at each layer:  OpenStack will remain a programmable platform for the cloud infrastructure, while Kubernetes will manage container clusters.

 

Apart from hyper-scale cloud providers such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Compute Platform (GCP), and Microsoft Azure, who build their clouds based on their own proprietary platforms, there are more public cloud operators building their solutions on OpenStack.  Operators such as Rackspace, Internap, China Telecom’s CT Cloud Platform, Telefonica Open Cloud, and DT’s Open Telekom Cloud are building their clouds on OpenStack while promising their enterprise customers they will seamlessly enable multi cloud on the same platform.  These OpenStack-based public cloud providers are betting that these enterprises will lean heavily on their familiarity with OpenStack when developing their multi-cloud strategy to gain market share.

 

What are the Near-Term Challenges to Multi-Cloud Adoption?

The multi-cloud strategy elevates the complexity of enterprise IT operations, driving customers to seek out vendors and operators who can help them manage that complexity and reap the benefits of multi cloud.  A trusted partner can mitigate the operational risks and accelerate the adoption of multi-cloud technology.

 

Multi-Cloud Management Challenge

As enterprises adopt more micro-service architectures to build hyperscale applications, the challenge of interconnecting these decomposed workloads and monitoring them for auto-healing and auto-scaling reasons amplifies their role in the multi-cloud strategy.

 

Many vendors have started introducing platforms and tools to cope with this workload management challenge. Juniper Networks, with its widely adopted OpenContrail SDN platform and recently acquired AppFormix multi-cloud analytics and monitoring platform, is spearheading a solution to this operational challenge. As platforms that hide the complexity of multi-cloud architectures, it is essential for OpenContrail and AppFormix to support various computing units such as bare metal servers, VMs, and containers, providing predictive analytics across multiple clouds.  By integrating Kubernetes and AppFormix, which Juniper demonstrated at the OpenStack Summit in Boston, OpenContrail seamlessly and intelligently manages all three computing units.

 

Multi-Cloud Skill Challenge

Over the years, many businesses have trained their IT staff to manage their IT infrastructure using well-established, high-performance methods and tools.  As the adoption of multi-cloud technology grows, the skill gaps between the cloud technologies can stymie IT staff, preventing them from successfully managing and operating the multi-cloud environment unless they can bring some of the familiar tools with them.

 

Many vendors now offer both physical and virtual components of their infrastructure to seamlessly leverage acquired skills and experience across multiple cloud environments. Juniper Networks, with virtualized routing and security products such as the vMX virtual router and vSRX virtual firewall, enables enterprises to apply common routing and security experience to multiple cloud environments.  This “carry forward” strategy also applies to common feature sets, networking stacks, and networking OS shared by both physical and virtual solutions, allowing users to streamline the deployment and use of these networking components across multiple cloud environments.

 

As multi-cloud deployments accelerate, OpenStack, Kubernetes, and OpenContrail with AppFormix take on an increasingly important role in not only efficiently building private clouds, but also seamlessly enabling workloads across multiple cloud environments.

 

 

NorthStar Controller provides you the visibility you need for your transition to SPRINGNorthStar Controller provides you the visibility you need for your transition to SPRING
Over the last few years, there have been many ways to incorporate SDN into your network. One of the latest SDN introductions for the WAN is Source Routing in Packet Networks, or SPRING Routing introducing the next generation application driven network technology. There has been rapid adoption of this technology from companies such as Microsoft, AT&T, and Softbank. Juniper Networks NorthStar Controller provides a streamlined solution to transition your network from Resource Reservation Protocol or RSVP TE to SPRING.

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Speeds and Feeds are Boring - Until You Have Service Downtime

by Juniper Employee ‎05-17-2017 05:34 AM - edited ‎05-19-2017 07:38 AM

For most people speeds and feeds are boring.

 

You may be thinking that that’s a bold statement from someone at Juniper Networks – a company built upon high performance routing. So, why did I include High Performance in the four network essentials for the future (Automated, Open, Secure, and High Performance)?

 

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Speeds and feeds may be boring for most people, but they are essential and must not be overlooked. 

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In this third blog of the series on networking essentials for the future (Automated, Open, Secure, and High Performance), I look at the necessity of being secure.

 

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Most businesses have come to know that they need to keep data and systems secure. So why is cybersecurity such a hot topic right now?

 

In my view, it is due to the increased value of data and the consequent risk from it being exposed.

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Everyone Loves Open, But What I Really Want is Choice

by Juniper Employee ‎05-17-2017 05:33 AM - edited ‎05-19-2017 07:41 AM

In this second blog of the series on the network essentials for the future (Automated, Open, Secure, and High Performance), I take a look at Open.

 

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There are many benefits of an open network, but they all come down to enabling great choice of technology for enterprises.

 

No single technology supplier will ever meet all of your enterprise requirements. Every business uses a multi-vendor approach and the only way for this to be successful is to embrace an open approach whenever possible, so that diverse technologies can work together effectively and easily.

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The history of IT is closely aligned with automation, from the early computers such as the Enigma Machine to the latest machine learning tools enabling use cases such as automated cancer diagnosis. All of these take tasks that a human can do, but by automating them, it allows people to focus upon higher value work.

 

If we look at networking, automation is at the heart of many recent trends such as SDN (i.e. automating network control) and NFV (i.e. automating the delivery of specific functions which used to be run on dedicated appliances).

 

But, automation is not the only essential within a network.

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An Intro to RSVP-SPRING Coexistence

by Juniper Employee ‎05-11-2017 03:33 PM - edited ‎05-12-2017 04:18 PM

There's been considerable industry interest surrounding SPRING, also known as Segment-Routing.  Many operators are incorporating SPRING technology into their networks currently running RSVP-TE.  In some cases, the objective is to migrate all services to utilize SPRING-based LSPs.  In other cases, there may be a need to manage some application traffic over RSVP-TE LSPs in conjunction with applications using SPRING-based LSPs.  In either case, there is a need to manage traffic and capacity across both the RSVP-TE and SPRING domains.  While there are a range of options for managing through this period of network transition, all carry varying tradeoffs.  An overview of these options is captured within this IETF draft.

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Physical Servers to Virtual Servers to—Now—Serverless

by Juniper Employee ‎05-01-2017 12:53 PM - edited ‎05-02-2017 01:02 PM

While participating in the AWS Summit in San Francisco few weeks back, I was amazed at the number of new AWS services available for developers to build their cloud applications. I also noticed a trend toward “serverless” computing discussed at many of the AWS sessions, including talks by AWS CTO Werner Vogels and AWS CEO Andrew Jassy.

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We are PAWR

by Juniper Employee ‎04-25-2017 01:55 PM - edited ‎04-25-2017 02:02 PM

The culmination of a year’s work, the PAWR Request For Proposal is out! Read and answer the call!

 

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As enterprises embark on the digital transformation journey to take advantage of artificial intelligence, big data, machine learning, IoT and cloud, they need network infrastructure that gives them a solid foundation. Juniper Networks® Unite Cloud-Enabled Enterprise solution enables networking across your entire enterprise – campus, branch and data center networks – ultimately helping you reduce risk, increase agility, lower cost and enhance customer experience.

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