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

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.


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. . .


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.




Paul Gainham

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.



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.




“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.  


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.


Mohammed Khan loves mobile backhaul and he wants you to love mobile backhaul too. He feels it’s often overlooked as the whole LTE debate becomes centred on SDN and virtualization in the datacenter and evolved packet core. But Mohammed argues that backhaul is vital to the user experience. And, if you get it right, it will make you money and save you money. This blog captures some of the thoughts Mohammed shared with an audience at LTE World Summit and there’s a link so you can see Mohammed in action delivering his 20 minute presentation.



PTX3000 – A Worthy Award Winner

by Juniper Employee ‎06-28-2013 06:29 AM - edited ‎06-28-2013 09:44 AM


Juniper Networks recently won an award at Interop Tokyo 2013 for its PTX3000 Packet Transport Router. The PTX received the Best of Show Award Special Prize in the Carrier/Service Provider Networking category. A nice award, but the cynical may comment that the PTX3000 is just another router from Juniper Networks. While it does add to the long line of products from Juniper Networks, there are a number of reasons why the PTX3000 stands out and deserves to win the award. Firstly, the product has a unique format for its class of device and opens up where it can be deployed. The chassis is only 26.9 cm (10.6 inches) deep and 97.8 cm (37.5 inches) high, fitting nicely into an ETSI300 [300mm deep] rack; the favoured size for mobile network infrastructure [potentially timely given mobile operators are moving to an all packet network].


The out-of-the-box capacity supports 16 x 100 Gbps interface ports; this small router packs a punch. The platform supports 100Gbps DWDM Tuneable optics to collapse the packet and optical network layers, reducing complexity, networks layers and physical equipment. The optics support Coherent MODEM ASIC to provide SD-FEC, for the longest reach possible for transmission on legacy Fibre infrastructure. In my opinion, when you add these features in this size physical format there is no equivalent device in the industry.



Time for innovation in MPLS, IPv6 and SDN?

by Juniper Employee ‎03-12-2013 01:09 AM - edited ‎03-12-2013 04:38 PM

Looking at the MPLS & Ethernet World Congress agenda, I’m still amazed how after 15th years our industry can still innovate in this area. Well, the (L)abel (S)witching basis of MPLS remain the same but the (M)ulti(P)rotocol piece is, after 15 years, it is much more important now, than ever before. It’s not just IPv4 or IPv6 over MPLS. In fact is not even IP or packets, but also circuits over MPLS. It is also fascinating how over the 15 years MPLS has been here to solve different problems: ATM transport, IP VPNs, Carrier Ethernet, Multicast, Data Center and Cloud connectivity, mobile networks... and now MPLS is getting ready for SDN.


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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