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

The build phase of any project is always the most exciting. After what can seem an eternity of theortical practice in the planning stages it's great top get your hands on some new technology and start to cut it into your network. But it's also the most risky. Get it wrong and your customer experience degrades and your business can suffer. I comment on a new paper and video designed to help you prepare for, and get the most out of, the build phase of your next network project.

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npound

Getting To Where You Want To Be

by Juniper Employee ‎06-06-2014 03:36 AM - edited ‎06-06-2014 03:36 AM

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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npound

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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npound

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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Gilles

Delivering Operation-Critical WLANs

by Gilles ‎10-21-2013 01:51 AM - edited ‎10-21-2013 06:49 AM

4 (tough) questions CIOs need to ask their network vendor

 

Once a convenience for a few laptop-carrying employees, WLANs now deliver critical applications and services to employees and customers alike. I take a look at what that means for WLAN design and highlights 4 critical questions every CIO needs to ask.

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Gilles

WLAN : From Business Casual to Business Critical

by Gilles ‎07-02-2013 02:29 AM - edited ‎09-04-2013 01:31 AM

5 key areas where you need to re-think your WLAN strategy

 

Once upon a time Wireless LANs (WLANs) were ancillary, used predominantly by visiting employees and guests. Today, nothing could be further from the truth. WLANs are truly mainstream and the primary ramp on to the corporate network in many cases.

With the uptake in usage, organisations need to re-think their WLAN strategies carefully in five key areas to ensure they are fit for purpose now and in the future.

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Gilles

Rethink Holistic: Managing legacy networks in times of rapid change

by Gilles ‎12-28-2012 02:41 AM - edited ‎12-28-2012 02:49 AM

Pity the legacy network, still in use in so many organizations. It was designed mainly to support static employees using primarily corporate-owned devices—employees who used to sit in the office and access applications located in a data center somewhere on-site.

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Gilles

BYOD @ IP EXPO 2012, London

by Gilles ‎10-30-2012 12:52 AM - edited ‎11-15-2012 05:05 AM

Two weeks ago I spoke at IP EXPO 2012 – London – where I presented on Enterprise mobility and the security challenges ahead. The following is a summary of the key facts I discussed; at a glance, you have to be able, as an IT manager or executive, to offer more granular control to the users accessing the network, based on who they are, where they are, what application they want to use and from what device, and all this in a controlled and secured way. It’s all about bringing control back to IT.

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With almost with the same regularity as I drink tea, I can’t seem to get through a business day at the moment without discussing either SDN or Openflow.  Whether that’s an internal discussion, meetings with partners, customers or press / analysts this is a topic that is clearly gathering momentum.

 

Before going on, I should declare my position and interest.  From what I have seen so far, what the proponents of SDN are evangelising has an appeal – often networks today are too complex and rigid and have fallen behind the apps / virtualisation world in terms of their agility.  In an increasingly on-demand cloud centric environment, clearly that is something that has to be fixed. 

 

The early proponents of SDN are articulating an approach that creates a new virtual control plane layer outside of the current networking equipment layer.  That virtual control plane is being positioned as more flexible, dynamic and agile than what currently exists.

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2011 will be known as the year for Over-the-Top (OTT) TV in Europe. With the proliferation of Broadband, in almost every country one or more Video-on-demand (VoD) provider is offering paid streaming services over the Internet, modestly competing with the well established cable, satellite and IPTV platforms.

Let's analyze the challenges it represents to the SPs and the key strategies to compete in that space. 

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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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