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Technology is more than just networking and Juniper experts share their views on all the trends affecting IT


Screen Shot 2015-11-25 at 2.08.16 PM.pngAccording to a recent survey, IT operators spend more than 52% of their time on repetitive tasks: basic installations, device configurations, monitoring, upgrades, individual device-level troubleshooting, etc.


This is no surprise. Today’s enterprise networks are highly complex, consisting of layers of switches with multiple VLANs and different management points, each requiring different tools. These not only consume a lot of time and resources, they  also add operational difficulty.


As the digital economy continues to transform the business landscape, radically altering the structure of competition, no organisation is immune to the disruptive innovation taking place across almost every market. Against this backdrop, and driven by mobile connectivity, cloud computing and social media, new customer experience models allow businesses to have an opportunity to engage with their consumers like never before, but reaction times are critical.


In this new world order, characterised by unrelenting competition, every organisation needs to adapt to rapidly changing market conditions and, where necessary, even find new ways of doing business. Such is the momentum from service innovation and new business models that every organisation is at risk of being disrupted, especially from ‘born in the cloud’ start-ups not constrained by legacy systems, or legacy thinking.


In this digitally-driven era, everything is about speed. Some companies are even talking about a culture where they have an idea in the morning, and put it into the marketplace by the afternoon.



Automation with SDN/NFV: go all in, or do something else

by Juniper Employee ‎11-11-2015 11:14 AM - edited ‎11-11-2015 11:48 AM

Any non-US citizen who’s visited the US will have experienced the “pleasure” of US immigration and the long wait to get your passport stamped. When I arrived at JFK airport this week I was happy to get access to the new Automated Passport Control machines that check your passport, fingerprints and take your picture. However, this delight was soon dealt a crushing blow. After leaving the machine, I realised that there was then a manual process to check that I looked like my passport picture and to get my passport stamped. Unfortunately, there was 35 minute wait for this final manual check.


My experience had illustrated how automation can be useless, and even a negative impact, unless 100% of the process is automated.


We live in an age where it has never been easier to go from a concept to starting a new business.  Access to capital, application services built specifically to start a new business, and an endless supply of smart, knowledgeable and capable people is unprecedented. 


Despite all the advantages of such a favorable environment, however, a shocking 90% of new businesses still fail today.  That’s because having access to the tools required to create an agile environment is no guarantee of success; it’s only half the equation—you still need to execute. 


This situation is analogous to the generally held belief that NFV will bestow upon the service provider industry the agility to start fast and succeed profitability.  However, NFV alone is no magic elixir; it requires intelligent application and someone that can help service providers take full advantage of the technology.


Decoding the fuzz from the buzz: Digital Transformation

by Juniper Employee ‎10-16-2015 03:06 AM - edited ‎10-21-2015 12:04 PM

Buzz words have long been used in almost every industry. Symptomatic of technology, in particular, it seems they go hand in hand with this sector. I’ve been in this ever-changing and exciting tech world for more years than I care to admit and have seen terminology and technology come and go.




BIC breakfast – Creating a technology-driven business philosophy.

by Juniper Employee ‎10-15-2015 06:57 AM - edited ‎10-16-2015 03:08 AM

In this presentation Gerard Allison, Senior VP EMEA at Juniper Networks, discusses how today’s CEO, CTO, CIO – in fact all and every boardroom role and beyond – should be thinking about the digital transformation of their business. It will consider what is possible today, tomorrow and beyond in terms of innovative thinking, planning and implementation. Gerard describes how bringing together disparate elements of a business via intelligent technical infrastructure and innovative thinking to create a stronger unit can be done!


Watch the video!


Gerard Allison Digital Transformation


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I visited Iceland for the first time a couple of weeks back. What a fascinating country, and completely different from places that I have seen in Europe. Iceland has got a great advantage of natural resources such as geothermal energy, natural air cooling and water, which the nation take big benefits from. From small businesses to large ones, they are aware of the unique natural gift they have got and are using it very effectively, reducing their energy costs. This positions the country as a sustainable, green location for data centers with zero-carbon footprint!


Will Gigabit Cities land in Europe?

by Juniper Employee ‎10-05-2015 03:39 PM - edited ‎10-05-2015 03:43 PM

Over the last couple of months, I have experienced a transformation in the way I’m connected to Internet at home, from 10Mbps to 300Mpbs. I can't even imagine a 1000Mbps!


Have a look to some takeaways ofthe Light Reading Live Gigabit Europe




In this presentation Gerard Allison, Senior VP EMEA at Juniper Networks, discusses how today’s CEO, CTO, CIO – in fact all and every boardroom role and beyond.


cantu_volcano.jpg.CROP.original-original.jpgEver see a lightning storm? This visual display of cool blue and white electrical surges lighting up the sky is truly stunning. Most people have seen this and felt the crack and rumble of the subsequent thunder. Few people however have witnessed the frightening grandeur of an explosive volcanic eruption. Imagine a Pelean eruption, jetting ash, rocks and fountains of molten earth, shaking the surrounding terrain in a shark-like frenzy. Now imagine experiencing both simultaneously! Will the photograph ever do justice to the awesomeness of experiencing such a cataclysmic natural display of our planet’s sheer, raw energy?


The Business Case for…

Automating your network (aka ‘doing more, with less…’)


I’m often asked about ‘Digital Transformation’ and what it means. So while there are many ways to define it, there is one universal truth - that many organisations operating in the digital economy now have to react to change and innovate faster than ever before.


Equally, during these conversations, I’m struck by the extent to which the online economy continues to exert pressure across every aspect of the business, forcing change on almost every level. And fuelling this change, in an always connected/always available world, is sky-high customer expectation, meaning that today’s commercial imperative is not only focused on keeping up with market forces, but finding ways to stay ahead of them.


So when looking across this new economic landscape and the many opportunities it presents, it’s clear the entire organisation has to evolve with it. Businesses need to act and adapt to rapidly changing market conditions and the challenges they bring. And whether it’s an enterprise or SMB, a public sector organisation or service provider, transforming into a fast-moving digital business is a journey many organisations have already begun, while many have yet to start.


NorthStar Controller: adapting to real-time traffic volumes

by Juniper Employee ‎08-28-2015 03:07 AM - edited ‎08-31-2015 09:34 AM

NorthStarlabI previously blogged about the benefits of having a central controller, in the shape of NorthStar, in the WAN. This time I’m going to show how NorthStar can react to the changing traffic levels on an LSP, and make modifications to the path accordingly if needed.


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