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No district in the land has succeeded with a full-on transformation to digital curriculum without first grappling with its "underbelly"—the network infrastructure that sustains 1-to-1 and bring-your-own device usage in the classroom. Like an athlete adding core workouts to the biking/running/swimming regimen, schools require a solid buildout of their computing networks to ensure reliable network and Internet access. 

 

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As we wrap up 2016 – a year for the ages – I wanted to take some time to reflect on the trends that have defined the past 12 months and look ahead to what’s waiting in the wings for the next year.

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This morning while driving to work I started thinking about how Apple’s iPhone had captured the mobile market and displaced former leaders like Nokia and Blackberry. A similar analogy is how Netflix displaced top video rental stores like Blockbuster.  Both these companies have one thing in common: their ability to innovate. How did they manage to innovate?

 

Innovation comes from within. When employees start thinking about strategic business problems and work to find ways in solving those problems, that’s when magic happens. If there’s something we can learn from history, it’s that we need to innovate to stay relevant. Digital Cohesion ushers in an era of innovation and possibilities. But to truly embrace it organizations need to ensure that their IT workforce is working on new things and not spending their time in just keeping lights on. How do you free your resources and encourage your IT workforce to innovate?

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Two weeks ago, I attended the Arkansas Digital Government Summit, which brings together public and private sector leaders to help spread best practices and spur innovation in the public sector. I led a session called “The Cloud Tsunami: From Disruption to Cohesion”, centered around the idea that we are in the midst of a paradigm-shift, away from constant digital disruption, and into digital cohesion.

Digital Cohesion is a future in which applications connect and self-assemble to deliver compelling mega-services that enhance our lives. Services will be integrated, predictive, autonomous, and adaptive – based on your personal preferences and behaviors.

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Cybersecurity is not all rocket science, remember the basics…

by Juniper Employee ‎11-30-2016 08:18 AM - edited ‎12-01-2016 09:04 AM

Cybersecurity makes headlines: records stolen, systems taken offline, data held to ransom, identities cloned; these are just some of the breaches that business is working hard to stay ahead of – we all read the headlines, no-one wants to BE the headlines.

 

How do you avoid becoming one of the headlines? As fast as you move, the bad guys can move faster. You need to monitor and protect every surface, they only need to focus on finding a single weak-spot. What can you do? Start with, and maintain your basics, 100% of the time.

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Juniper Networks Shows Some Muscle at AWS re:Invent 2016

by Juniper Employee ‎11-29-2016 07:58 AM - edited ‎11-29-2016 08:27 AM

Recently, Juniper Networks announced the availability of our industry-leading software platforms, the vMX and vSRX, on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Marketpl.... As a way to drastically simplify the move to the cloud, the collaboration between AWS and Juniper fuses the use of virtual private cloud services with the full strength of Juniper’s solution portfolio.

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What’s the next digital frontier? It’s Digital Cohesion, a future in which applications we use often self-assemble to deliver compelling mega services that enhance our lives. Today, if I need a ride to the airport I might order a ride on Uber. Or if I want dinner delivered to my home I might order a meal through doordash. In doing so, I am using applications manually. In the future, these services will act autonomously, and deploy based on my situation, need, and location, as well as my history and feedback from other services or devices I’ve used. I will no longer need to call such services, as they will automatically appear and serve when needed.

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Juniper scores a 100% pass rate for automation

by Juniper Employee ‎11-03-2016 05:47 AM - edited ‎12-20-2016 12:56 PM

In a recent blog, the respected (and independent) industry veteran Ivan Pepelnjak summarised his requirements for automation that he’d include in a RFP. He identified 8 specific areas:

 

  • On-device APIs to read / write configuration and operational data
  • Structured operational data for easy analysis
  • Structured device config data for easy analysis
  • Atomic config changes to avoid partial updates
  • Config rollback to minimise risk
  • Full config replace that makes templates easy to use
  • Config difference analysis to simplify manual approvals
  • Industry standard data models for configurations

 

For each of the areas he summarized his view on how Juniper and some other vendors performed against these requirements. I was glad to see that Juniper scored 100%, the only vendor to do so.

 

How did other vendors do? Take a look at his blog here for more details

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I know what’s missing in your datacenter

by Juniper Employee ‎09-04-2016 04:45 AM - edited ‎09-04-2016 04:50 AM

That’s a big claim in what is a mercifully short blog.  The answer to my comment?

 

Trust.

 

I am sure that as you research and look for ideas and solutions to your own Datacentre needs you see a number of claims and positions from just about every vendor.  Question is, what do you believe?

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Just in time for VMworld, this certification underscores Juniper’s established and successful alliance with VMware to offer our customers the integration they need to succeed. As businesses continue to move to a Software-Defined Data Center model, compute, storage and networking capabilities are virtualized and tied together with orchestration software. With the Juniper-VMware solutions, we’re able to offer innovation for customers looking to achieve enhanced application agility for their cloud environments.

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The growth of today’s enterprises requires network modernization tools that not only simplify and speed up business expansion, but also make it easier for employees to get their job done. But, the reality is that to-date there has been a lack of comprehensive, cutting-edge solution suites that can make this happen.

 

To enable digital businesses, Juniper has announced Cloud-Enabled Branch, our newest solution that allows organizations to get their new branch locations up and running anytime, anyplace.  The Cloud-Enabled Branch solution also helps businesses apply updates and security policies consistently across locations – so, a clothing retailer in Boise, Idaho has the same level of network security as the storefront in Tampa, Florida. Juniper is transforming how Enterprise customers manage service creation and delivery to the branch.

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Routing Reflections @ IETF 96: A Routing AD's Perspective

by Juniper Employee ‎07-26-2016 01:37 PM - edited ‎07-26-2016 06:06 PM

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This particular IETF was special since Juniper was the Host.  We are working on more engagement between the Open Source communities and the IETF.  The work on YANG models in the Routing Area continues.  OAM and telemetry were another focus.  I am pushing NVO3 towards a conclusion around the three different encapsulations (VXLAN-GPE, GENEVE, and GUE) that they've been considering.  In RTGWG, the discussion around how to handle IPv6 PA multi-homed networks (homes, small enterprises, etc) as requested in IETF 94 by v6ops continued.

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SD-WAN is on fire! ...but is it enough to deliver growth?

by Juniper Employee ‎07-04-2016 11:55 PM - edited ‎07-14-2016 12:00 AM

Software Defined Networking (SDN) has been the the hot topic within network infrastructure industry for a few years now. We are now starting to see its influence not only in the data center, where SDN originated, but also within other areas such as core networks and enterprise services. Enterprise services is an area where SDN has real potential to impact services for end users.

 

Growth opportunities for service providers will come from selling other services (e.g. security) on top of a SD-WAN (especially to the under-served SME segment), and these should be delivered using SDN and virtual network functions. Only by offering additional services on top of SD-WAN will service providers be able to meet the customer requirements and grow their own business.

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