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Juniper Networks Announces Virtual MX

by Juniper Employee ‎11-14-2014 11:25 AM - edited ‎11-17-2014 04:49 AM

On Thursday 6th November 2014, Juniper Networks launched the virtual MX (vMX) router. The vMX is a Virtualised Network Function (VNF) that has been developed directly from the software that runs on the Juniper Networks MX router. As a result, the vMX benefits from the extensive feature set, which has been developed on the MX over a seven-year period, contributing to making it the world’s first full-featured virtualized carrier-class router.

 

The vMX complements the existing MX product line. The MX portfolio includes the 80 Terabit MX2020 Router, supporting multiple 100 GE interfaces, to the much smaller (8.9 cm high) 80 Gigabits MX5 optimised for lower density 1 GE and 10 GE solutions.

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The Emerging Moral Obligation You Have to People Like My Mum

by Juniper Employee ‎11-13-2014 06:00 AM - edited ‎11-13-2014 06:02 AM

We are all familiar with performance standards such as five-nines. But in our world of interconnectedness real people with real emotions are dependent on what we do day in and day out. In this article I explore the emerging moral obligation the technology world has to these "real" people.

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Without the invention and innovation of humans where would we be? But we, as humans, can also be a liability and nowhere is this more obvious than in the complex networks so crucial to our everyday lives. But, as complexity increases, there is a way to exploit the power of the human mind and overcome the frailty of human nature when it comes to repetative high volume low-end yet critical tasks. If you want to skip this blog and find out more you can directly download a two-sides of A4 paper that will tell you more. Alternatively, read on ............ 

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We all like to consider ourselves independent spirits and most of us hate the notion that our behaviour can be mapped onto a process; that, in some way, we are predictable. Take two of my friends, they instinctively behave in different ways yet each trait can be identified as part of a proven process that leads to improved and more stable networks. I reveal all in the blog below.  

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Do Networks Mimic Mother Nature?

by Juniper Employee ‎05-15-2014 09:39 AM - edited ‎05-22-2014 04:30 AM

Look around you and you'll see numerous examples of cycles. Some are natural, some are man made but all are intrinsic to the environment they exist in.

 

Cycles have their origin in nature but you'd be surprised how relevant they are to successful networks. I explore this a little further in my blog. 

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A problem faced by administrators is how to scale the network to support new applications, new devices, or initiatives such as bring your own device (BYOD) or bring your own application (BYOA). All of which can create pressures on the network and the administrator in ways which are difficult to predict and budget for. Best practice guides, consultancy, and proof of concept labs can only give an educated guess of day one production loads, let alone six months into the application life-cycle. No engineer worth their salt will knowingly low-ball the network specification just in case; especially on projects with executive sponsorship (read: CxO with a new toy/something he about read in an airline magazine). As a result, precious budget may be burnt on underutilised kit; perhaps indefinitely.

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I'm blogging live from Broadband World Forum where there is a lot going on. What's catching my interest this year is a sense of renewed optimism by network operators that the network has the potential to become an intelligent asset and this gives rise to new service and revenue opportunities. I dropped into one panel session that tackled this head on and my take-aways are below.

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The hot topic at LTE World Summit was SDN and network virtualization. Juniper's Jonathan Kendall spoke about leveraging SDN principles in LTE to meet future network demands. this is my report on what he had to say. But you don't have to take my word for it. If you want to see Jonathan in action delivering the same presentation there is a link that will take you directly there. No need to download, no need to fill in personal information, just go straight to the presentation and enjoy.   

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Skype in the classroom is free to users - and there are more than 22,500 of them. It's what we expect of the internet isn't it? Access to content that provides value to us but for which we are reluctant to pay. But, throughout history, content has been meaningless without effective distribution. So nowadays why do we value one but not the other? Neil Pound asks if this approach is sustainable.

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Will the recent publication of the UK Cyber Security Strategy automatically lead to a safer cyber space? Neil Pound takes a look at one proposal within the strategy - to pool information on threats and how to combat them. He concludes that the Strategy is heading in the right direction but there are cultural and competitive issues to overcome if it is to be successful.    

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The G-Cloud is a fantastic opportunity to drive down cost and radically change how UK citizen's experience public services The technology exists and there are plenty of examples in private enterprise from which government can learn. But, it takes more than just getting the technology right. Neil Pound argues coordination, cooperation, thinking ahead, and leadership have an equally important part to play.

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Neil Pound Pound argues that innovation is as much the province of users as it is of engineers and technologists. He then wonders why the UK public sector is not more adventurous in setting visionary goals to force the pace of innovation in the IT industry enabling more creative delivery of some public services.   

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I believe intelligent ICT empowers the individual. That's why I welcome the recent statements that the Department of Health has made regarding medical apps and online consultations. In this blog, Neil Pound looks at where this might lead and suggests some conditions for success.

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 At a time when the public sector holds more information about us than ever before it would appear we are becoming less trusting. Neil Pound asks how this affects our confidence in the public sector's ability to safeguard sensitive information and should we be more realistic and tolerate the occasional security breach?

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