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The Zero-Down Time DC Migration. You Can Do It, Too

by Juniper Employee ‎01-15-2015 03:04 AM - edited ‎01-15-2015 03:06 AM

Here’s a hypothetical situation for you. Let’s say you run a hosting company. And naturally you want to grow. Fast. More customers, more connections, more cloud. You want to differentiate yourself by offering the greatest possible flexibility and security, whilst guaranteeing data privacy for your customers. This was not a hypothetical situation for SW Hosting. This dynamic young company based in Spain was poised to grow. After analyzing the market they knew that a Juniper Networks MetaFabric Architecture was what they needed from a technical standpoint, but there were still lots of questions about how to actually go about doing it. So they turned to Juniper Networks Professional Services to provide the skills and resources to work with their own engineers towards a single goal: the success of the project.


Managing the network fabric

by Juniper Employee on ‎12-17-2014 08:29 AM

It’s probably not news to you that a significant part of the data flows within a data centre network today are machine-to-machine. Applications inside the data centre have been decomposed into many services that involve automated communication between servers inside that data centre: what has become known as ‘east-west’ traffic.


Although every data centre is unique, it’s commonly quoted that, on average, around 70 per cent of traffic in the data centre is between servers, and this is rising. The growth in east-west traffic is driven by virtualisation inside the data centre, and the need for flexibility to run any application on any machine.


Doing this successfully requires a network fabric to deliver consistent performance that is independent of server location. In a true fabric architecture everything is connected to everything else – ideally any device is just one or two network hops away from any other device or resource. The most important advantage of this is predictable low latency for this east-west traffic.


Software defined networks have, to date, been used mostly to segment the network. But there’s a bigger prize: we can start to automate large, complex network configurations. If we define private cloud as automating the delivery of services for internal customers, then network automation is an essential component of how we “cloudify” the data centre.


Today, although you can launch a virtual machine in 10 minutes, it can take many days to attach it to the underlying network. The configuration challenges of network infrastructure aren’t news to our customers. One admitted to me recently that his team had never managed this task inside two weeks. Even when they did, he said, they very rarely got it right.


This is a guest blog post. Views expressed in this post are original thoughts posted by Daniel Thomas, Founder and Director, Compare the Cloud.


Predictions are hard to frame, but in this post I will try and look forward to 2020 and the role of the data centre in the IT and Cloud world.


Today the data centre is a meeting hub of vendors, customers, connectivity and a custodian of data in a controlled secure environment. I do not believe this role will change although the look of a data centre in 2020 will look nothing like the data centre of today.


If we look at any sector of industry today, we see that components whether mechanical or physical in nature are getting smaller. Factor in also that processing and networking systems will decrease exponentially in size from what we see today, then we can only expect data centre to evolve too.


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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?”


This is a guest blog post. Views expressed in this post are original thoughts posted by Gary Barter, Marketing Manager, C4L. These views are his own and in no way do they represent the views of the company he works for.


Like many organisations C4L’s network had gradually evolved over a number of years, but the demands of customers and the pace of change of technology meant that we were reaching the critical tipping point where something a little more radical and revolutionary than a SW upgrade was required. This was the dilemma that we faced a year ago, having grown and extended our all Cisco legacy network to the limits of what you might see as a very large Enterprise solution, where we really needed to be firmly in the Carrier space.


C4L is a Data Centre (DC) Infrastructure company at heart, we deliver Colocation, Cloud, Communications and of course Connectivity solutions allowing businesses to move critical systems to a DC and larger enterprises to expand and manage equipment over multiple sites. Our solutions are underpinned by our own private network, so performance, flexibility, scalability and reliability of the network is fundamental to our success.


Why the network is relevant to Cloud Builders?

by Juniper Employee ‎04-09-2014 05:48 AM - edited ‎04-10-2014 02:14 AM

Once more, I had the honor to attend the World Hosting Days last week at Europa-Park, Rust, Germany. I’ve to say I was impressed with the size and number of attendees of this edition. In this blog I capture a few points I had a chance to discuss at the event.


If you’ve seen the Hollywood film The Butterfly Effect’ you’ll perhaps recall that even the smallest of decisions made in the past can sometimes lead to unwanted consequences in the future.


Paying attention to decisions being made in the data centre network are more important now than at any time in perhaps the last 15 years.  For guys more concerned with applications and server platforms, the DC LAN has often been regarded as mere plumbing, and is usually someone else’s concern to make sure it’s working as needed, or else it’s just something that gets delivered with the rest of the package from your compute vendor.  Yet right now, networking in the data centre is going through a period of transformation, and any decisions being made today concerning the choice of DC LAN vendor, or architecture, could significantly impact the shape of your entire data centre for the next 10 years.


Last week was a very busy one for us folks at Netutils as we partnered with Juniper Networks at IP EXPO 2013. It was great to meet up with so many of our customers and meet many new customers equally passionate about securing their networks and data.


One of the highlights of this event was Henrick Davidsson’s presentation on Securing the Data Centre, Going Beyond IP’ onDay 1 in the Security & Governance Theatre.


Here are some key points he made during his presentation:


The Threats are Real


IT Security professionals around the world are faced with a constantly changing battleground when it comes to dealing with cyber threats.  The number of devices that need to be protected within an organisation now averages 3.5 per employee, and 60% of victims don’t discover that they have had a breech for weeks and in some case months and research has shown that the average cost of these breaches is as high as $11m.


We want to see you BUILD THE BEST with Juniper Networks at VMworld 2013, Barcelona. And for your efforts, we are giving three lucky people the chance to WIN either €500, €250 or €100 in Amazon vouchers.

To enter this competition all you need to do is follow these three easy steps:


  1. Visit Juniper Networks’ booth G120 at VMworld 2013, Barcelona between 15 and 17 October 2013. Using the Juniper branded building blocks available on the stand build a structure. This is your chance to get creative and build anything you like. Well, within reason after all we only have 2,000 bricks available for you to get creative with.
  2. Then take a photograph of your structure and upload this image to Twitter including the hashtags #VMworld #Juniper within your tweet.
  3. After which then complete the entry form and answer the three Juniper related questions. Submit your completed form and you have entered the competition. Best of luck!

The three winners of this competition will be announced on Friday 18th October 2013 at 12 noon (BST) on the Juniper Networks UK Twitter account!


To view the social media competition terms and conditions click here and to view Juniper Networks’ Privacy Policy.


I’m looking forward to seeing what creative structures people come up with at VMworld 2013, Barcelona. So, don’t forget to head to Juniper’s stand G120 and BUILD THE BEST with my colleagues and myself.


See you next week and safe travels to Barcelona!


Juniper to demonstrate VMware integration at VMworld Barcelona!

by Juniper Employee ‎10-07-2013 06:05 AM - edited ‎10-07-2013 06:11 AM

 Less than a week to go and we are all set for a great week in Barcelona! Juniper will be attending VMworld, Barcelona for the second time and what great timing it is this year, coming off the back of a number of VMware NSX integration annoucements and our new VMware NSX Partner status.


What is an application driven datacenter? Find out at IP Expo.

by Juniper Employee ‎10-03-2013 09:18 AM - edited ‎10-04-2013 05:33 AM

After the summer break, it's good to be getting back out on the circuit; October is a busy month for trade shows and conferences in Europe!


On October 16-17 Juniper will be supporting our UK partners1 Alternative Networks and Network Utilities at IP Expo in London. We have a number of speakers2 representing Juniper;  I'll be talking in the Data Centre theatre about Application Driven Data Centres.


So what do I mean by that?


The data centre is undergoing more rapid change than ever before. These ever increasing demands from multiple fronts from business pressures to drive quicker time to market and at the same time balance the books with more focus on OPEX rather than just CAPEX cost models. Complexity is the biggest challenge to achieving agility and improving total economics.


Applications are driven by the business requirements and one would argue that the data centre is driven by the applications. The traditional monolithic business applications are immensely important and at the core of business process. However, the wider adoption of Service Oriented Applications (SOA) and multi-tier web based applications in supporting the fast changing business requirements and processes has fundamentally changed the way data flows in the data centre. Gaining visibility and control to drive increased automation and improved analytics are in sharp focus.


Lotus F1® Team Builds the Best with Juniper Networks

by Juniper Employee ‎06-27-2013 12:55 AM - edited ‎06-27-2013 07:55 AM

As the Formula 1 season enters the critical phase of back-to-back European races the Lotus F1 Team is busy upgrading and enhancing the network infrastructure at its Enstone Technical Centre, in Oxfordshire England. Next year the FIA, F1’s governing body, introduces new rules, radically changing the 2014 cars. All the F1 teams face a technical challenge to be competitive in 2014 and information technology will play a critical role in the success of each team. In response to this challenge the Lotus F1 Team decided to build the best with Juniper Networks


The Enstone Technical Centre is the hub of the Lotus F1 Team and this was the scene in March 2013 when 14 pallets of Juniper equipment arrived ready to transform the team’s complete network infrastructure. The first phase of what will become an end-to-end Juniper network went live in March with Lotus F1 Team benefiting from one of the best security and remote access solutions in Formula 1.


The Next Generation Data Centre Network – Adapting to Change

by Juniper Employee ‎06-18-2013 01:19 AM - edited ‎06-21-2013 08:47 AM

A recent edition of the UK The Economist had an interesting article called “The Server Market; Shifting Sands”. What the article highlighted was the fragile and fluid nature of the global server market.  What stands out in the article is the decline in server revenue for the two leading server manufacturers HP and IBM when comparing Q1 2013 to Q1 2012 ($3.0 B down from $3.5 B). What is surprising is the declines are at a time when the demand for data centre based content is growing.  While not directly analogous to the server market growth, content is processed and accessed by the server, so the demand for processing resources and storage go hand in hand. Understanding the growth in content helps frame the challenge the data centre engineers face as they plan ahead. At the end of 2012, an article in Computer Weekly referenced a study by EMC estimating 2.8 ZB of data was created in 2012 (2.8 trillion gigabytes) and will double every year until 2020. The Economist article continued to comment on the trend of the mega data centre builders, such as Facebook and Google. These companies are building mega data centres to host a large percentage of this ever expanding content. What The Economist highlights is that some organisations are avoiding the mainstream manufacturers and designing their own servers and buying directly from contract manufacturers in Taiwan to reduce cost. The reported revenue decline of the top two server manufactures was approx 15%, and out of the next three largest server manufacturers (based on revenue), only Dell managed to increase their revenue. The underlying question is whether this is the start of a shift in server buying patterns or whether it remains limited to a small subset of the large data centre builders.  


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