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We know the Internet has changed our lives. The world fits in our pocket. We video chat across the globe. We share and connect with friends instantly. Our office follows us. These are all made possible by connecting through a network. Our lives will continue to change. Transportation. Education. Healthcare. Law enforcement. All of these will be entirely different because networks will transform them. These transformations have already begun. In 2016, I expect to see the networking space specifically evolve in a few ways.

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As we have moved out of 2015 and into 2016, we’ve had time to reflect on where the industry’s headed and what changes took place last year. The number of Internet users continues to climb 7.2 percent year over year with no end in sight. It is currently at 3.17 billion, which is up from 2.94 billion in 2014(1). The proliferation of smart devices, cell phones, and tablets are penetrating the far reaches of the globe, enlightening new people everyday.

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As a motorsports enthusiast, one of the things that I have massive respect for is the brain’s ability to process information in extreme situations. The amount of data we can consume and process simultaneously is uncanny. It’s something I directly relate to, having raced motorcycles for many years. Making an assessment of a situation at nearly 170 miles per hour (mph) and translating that into action, while continuing to make adjustments based on the ongoing stream of incoming data requires massive processing power. Granted the brain is particularly good at this type of processing, but nonetheless as an “all purpose” compute tool it is one impressive centralized controller. Moving into 2016, we predict the network will operate more and more like a human brain, let me further explain.

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Prediction from 2007 about core routers comes true early

by Juniper Employee ‎12-22-2015 06:44 AM - edited ‎12-23-2015 12:50 AM

A long time ago in a network not far away...

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The MX series’ initial use case was Carrier Ethernet but it didn’t take long for its use cases to expand to a large number of applications, thanks to the consecutive improvements in software and hardware.

 

Fixed telecom operators are using the MX series in many critical parts of their networks to satisfy their most demanding needs for business success. This blog lists the top twelve use cases for MX!

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The impact of the new requirements from LTE-A (and beyond) on the backhaul network are discussed by Patrick Donegan, from Heavy Reading, in this recently released white paper, and accompanying webinar.

 

The white paper discusses that to successfully support new features from LTE-A and VoLTE it is essential that the backhaul networks add new features which have not often been a requirement to date. Specifically, these include

 

  • Frequency synchronisation
  • Phase synchronisation
  • Very low latency access to the Security Gateway from the eNodeB for the handover interface
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Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts is one of the most luxurious and innovative hospitality groups in the Gulf region, founded in 1997 with the aim of becoming an industry leader via a world-class portfolio of luxury hotels. It prides itself on providing its guests with the finest service quality, which makes their experience memorable and unique.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

 

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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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