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I'm Spartacus

by Juniper Employee on ‎07-01-2016 01:09 AM

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Few who have watched the film of the same name will forget the compelling scene towards the end where the group of captured slaves are asked to identify Spartacus from amongst them and one by one they memorably stand to each proclaim ’I’m Spartacus.’

 

Bear with me as I somewhat tenuously (for now) draw a parallel between that scene and the claims and cries of IT and Networking vendors as they all clamour to shout ‘I’m Open’

 

It seems as though ever since I was a young lad, vendors in the IT community have positioned themselves as “open”.  It could be argued of course that no one would ever claim they are closed and proprietary so the word open became almost the default or ‘safe harbour’ position.

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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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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.

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Why the network is critical to cloud success

by ann.rote@gtt.net ‎03-02-2015 07:31 AM - edited ‎03-03-2015 02:04 AM

This is a guest blog post. Views expressed in this post are original thoughts posted by Ann Rote, Director, Global Marketing GTT. These views are her own and in no way do they represent the views of the company she works for.

 

It is certainly no secret that cloud solutions have become an integral part of how companies do business today and they continue to grow in importance. For enterprises, implementing cloud services this can help reduce costs, boost productivity and improve efficiency. To gain maximum benefits from available cloud ‘utilities’, enterprises should explore the security and reliability of private networking as the means of connecting to the various cloud options.

 

Many organizations deploy a hybrid cloud model which allows it to distribute workloads between private and public clouds. This provides the ability to dynamically consume and deliver cloud utilities and services from multiple platforms allowing the modern enterprise to remain agile. In turn, enterprises are putting greater focus on the network that connects the various cloud components together. By making the hybrid cloud architecture part of the corporate WAN, private networks play a critical role in the solution. Using a private network allows for a more flexible interconnection between cloud platforms and ensures application performance and security across a shared network fabric.

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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?”

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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 Trusted Contributor

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.

 

 

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Cloudy with a Chance of ...

by Juniper Employee on ‎10-06-2014 02:59 PM

I was a bit surprised when I saw the stats that among the most commonly downloaded and used apps are the weather apps. Upon some thinking the reason seemed obvious, that our life these days depends on accurate weather forecast. One of my habits is to look at the weather early in morning to decide what to wear and even plan my day, whether the weather is good enough to do an afternoon jog, etc. Some of the advances in weather reporting in recent years is that weather technology companies are retrofitting planes to collect invaluable data during their normal flights. Whether we realize or not all of our air trips are now contributing to the accuracy of the global weather forecast. Next time try to itemize your air tickets on the tax return as your contribution to a global cause, good luck!

 

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Backhaul without Boundaries

by Juniper Employee on ‎09-22-2014 12:03 PM

There is no doubt that we are living in a virtual world these days, fantasy football, avatars, and so on. Sometime I wonder why we like virtual world so much. Apparent reasons that come to mind are that virtual world is almost equivalent to fantasy land. In the V-world you can dream big, the cost of failure is not huge, you can try out things before physically building them, you get the drift. These are the precise reasons that networks are also leaning towards the virtual environment with the help of network function virtualization (NFV) technology. Even backhaul is not safe from the virtual revolution, I call it “backhaul without boundaries”.

 

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This is a guest blog post. Views expressed in this post are original thoughts posted by Neal Wilkinson, Head of Marketing, SecuraHosting. These views are his own and in no way do they represent the views of the company he works for.

 

Commissioning a new cloud platform is an incredibly exciting time, a time where you see all the decisions, planning and design that has taken place over many months; start to take shape and form.

 

The technical team at Secura Hosting is currently in the closing stages of this process, adding the finishing touches to our new virtual private cloud (VPC) platform. We have selected Juniper Networks to provide the switching and routing for the new platform and as such, I have been asked to give some insight into the key considerations and factors that ultimately contributed to this decision.

 

I will kick things off with a brief overview of the VPC project, which will hopefully help put our decision making process and its eventual outcome, into some context.

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Robert Burns talked about the best laid plans of mice and men while, on a slightly more modest note, Joe Robertson talks aboiut plans as a means of getting your network from where it is now to where you want it to be. I touch on both in this blog.

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