Industry Solutions and Trends
Technology is more than just networking and Juniper experts share their views on all the trends affecting IT

Chaos is often the friend of store owners - it generates hype, a frenzy, free publicity, all of which can lead to more sales. And what's more, their customers are often willing to put up with this inconvenience if they percieve they get a better deal. But that doesn't translate to networks. Customers want assured access and reliable services whilst service providers want to manage demand in an orderly way. In this blog I contrast the chaos of Black Friday with the order desired by network providers and look at an approach to adopting virtualisation as a means of restoring order.  

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There are awards, and then there are AWARDS. Juniper Networks just won the Technology Services Industry Association's 2014 Star Award for "Innovation in Enabling Customer Success - Support Services." If you have any responsibility for operating your network, this should be a big deal for you. Because it underscores why you can - and should - trust your network to Juniper Networks.

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After a few sluggish post-recession years, online sales continue to dominate and drive the U.K. retail sector and consequently, consumers expect a smooth omni-channel experience. This is especially true ahead of Black Friday and the busy holiday period, when consumers will search online for the best deals and then come in store to purchase big ticket items. In order to the make the most of modern technologies and the festive period, retailers need to ensure their technology strategies are in order by utilising modern cloud technologies and aligning digital and physical strategies.

 

Recent U.K. research, commissioned by Juniper Networks, asked 100 business decision-makers in the retail industry with more than 250 employees how they are currently using technology in their business, where they plan to in the future and any barriers to entry they see.

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Have you heard of the Human Microbiome? It is the hundreds of species of microbes that live in our bodies and play an important role in our health. Figuring out what is in your microbiome or mine is a major Big Data challenge, not unlike what Juniper engineers do when trying to find out what has gone wrong with one of our products. It takes a lot more than just a gut feeling . . .

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The great American writer Mark Twain said Mark Twain.jpg“Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.” Although this is still pretty much true (geoengineering and climate modification notwithstanding), a lot of effort does go into predicting the weather. It turns out that some of the same techniques are used by Juniper Networks to find, fix, and even forecast problems in our products.

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I took my car to the shop the other day. Nothing major, fortunately. It was a neighborhood garage that I had been to before.Old Garage.JPG (OK, not this one, but I like the picture). However, it got me thinking that in some ways purchasing and servicing your car is not that much different than purchasing and servicing your network. In both cases, it matters a lot who you call on. . .

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Keeping your network up and running is not unlike keeping your body up and running: you need to take steps to fix things when they go wrong, but you also need to make sure you are doing what is necessary to help you avoid them going wrong in the first place, or to get even healthier.

 

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Fire, Ready, Aim

by Juniper Employee on ‎06-12-2014 10:34 PM

I was recently stood in a queue at a local pharmacy when I heard the wonderful duet of tone dialing and V.23 modems equalizing.  An extreme example maybe but it was a timely reminder that in any technological disruption, change never happens in a neat saw-tooth manner, some groups and companies will make the change early, and some will take a little longer.

 

In some cases, new technology adoption is not forefront in organizational minds, in others it’s a question of mitigating the risk of change.

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MPLS SDN World Congress and the Juniper Experience

by Juniper Employee ‎03-13-2014 06:38 AM - edited ‎03-14-2014 01:13 PM

If you are travelling to MPLS SDN World Congress in Paris here are some great reasons to meet with the onsite Juniper team.

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Celebrations, lists and predictions are all to be indulged in as we approach the festivities and a new year. I’m no exception so here are a few of my predictions for the world of LTE as we go into 2014.

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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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You may ask what do mobile architecture wars have to do with the “Star Wars”? The reason is simple, these architectures will have repercussion of epic proportions on mobile networks, so much so that even George Lucas could not have fathomed them when he conceived his super hit series. Following in his footsteps through a series of blogs I will try to analyze how mobile network architecture is being influenced by a number of (apparently) good and (apparently) dark forces to promote their agenda in this highly competitive marketplace.

 

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“The days of planning via Erlangs are dead.” So said Juniper Networks’ Steve Shaw in a recent webinar. Unpredictable growth and unpredictable real time demand require new thinking in mobile network planning. Steve was joined by Humair Raza who, acknowledging you cannot build a business on cost savings alone, was keen to demonstrate new ways of turning the network into a platform for revenue growth. Between them, they make a compelling case for revising how we think about mobile backhaul networks.  

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Juniper networks recently announced our production ready SDN solution – Juniper Networks Contrail. There is some great material on line that explains why Contrail makes it easy to connect clouds and the virtualized resources within them and I point you to where you can find them. But, if you are travelling to BroadBand World Forum, you also have the opportunity to meet our experts for either a private face to face meeting or as part of one of our series of SDN workshops. All the details are in this blog.

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