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CDN meets Virtualization

by Juniper Employee on ‎04-11-2014 03:32 AM

CDN (Content Delivery Networks) is a mature technology and business in our industry. Since Akamai launched the Web Caching CDN service back in 1999 the technology evolved in parallel to the fast growing content, especially video. Nowadays, CDN market consists of two groups, the CDN pure players (Akamai is leading this one), the Telco CDN.


This blog covers how SDN/NFV improves CDN deployments for Service Providers.



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.



NFV: not as simple as many think, are we about to get a reality check?

by Juniper Employee ‎03-25-2014 07:26 AM - edited ‎03-25-2014 07:26 AM

Network Function Visualisation (NFV) and Software Defined Networking (SDN) are the hottest topics in networking at the moment. Large service providers such as Telefoncia and AT&T are embracing NFV as a way to roll back the build-up of proprietary appliance and instead rely upon off the shelf x86 servers running virtualised network applications. These can then be chained together using centralised controllers such as Contrail. This vision is certainly the correct way for the industry to evolve, but it will present more challenges than many anticipate.


In particular there has been very little attention paid to the choice of x86 servers that would be used to host NFV functions. The networking community often just sees this as a compute and storage cloud that will deliver whatever is required. It is not that simple.



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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Reflections from MWC14

by Juniper Employee ‎03-05-2014 07:47 AM - edited ‎03-05-2014 03:40 PM

intelligent-backhaul-teaser.jpgEven though MWC has started to resemble a consumer electronics show, which is evident from the amount of coverage given to the devices and apps. From the remaining discussion that happened within the networking realm the greatest buzz was around virtualization and IoT. Rather there was so much emphasis on VoE (virtualization of everything) that it seems as though we have managed to transform our problems from the real world to the virtual world :smileyhappy:



SDN: Is there life beyond the Data Center?

by Juniper Employee ‎02-23-2014 03:29 AM - edited ‎02-23-2014 03:32 AM

Virtualized data centers, found in the Software Defined Networks concept, and particularly in the SDN Controller, an allied to fully orchestrate their processes. The flexibility and agility that virtualization brought to servers, is finally extended to the data center networks thanks to SDN.


Why SDN for data centers have been accepted much faster? Why not in the WAN?


MWC14 will be rife with new announcements about the future of the mobile networks. The theme of the show "Creating What is Next" screams of the innovations in line for the next decade, 2020 and beyond.


I am going to throw my hat in the ring and explain how Juniper's Hi-IQ Networks vision will transform the mobile networks of the future ... 


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My 2014 predictions for the SDN / NFV space

by Juniper Employee ‎12-18-2013 07:51 AM - edited ‎12-18-2013 07:52 AM


2014 overall, looks quite interesting according to some of the upcoming events: Winter Olympics, FIFA World Cup, skyscrapers, spaceflights, new CEOs...


But what can we expect in the area of SDN / NFV to happen?


It seems that Software Defined Networks (SDN) is the next big thing in the networking space because EVERY vendor is talking about it! Some have chosen to go down the proprietary route, and some like Juniper Networks with their Contrail solutions have a simple, open and much more agile approach.


At a basic level we know that SDN will give us a boost in network performance, it makes sense – layering the network such that the data layer is separate from the control layer is clearly a good thing. In addition it’s really important that this approach helps to simplify network design (clearly the benefit of SDN is eroded if it becomes much more complex) and easier to administer.


However, it’s how SDN enables the move to cloud computing that really interests me.



Building a new mobile backhaul network for tomorrow's needs

by Juniper Employee ‎11-19-2013 07:19 AM - edited ‎11-19-2013 07:20 AM

In the pastevery mobile generation wave was defining all the elementsfrom radioto RANbackhaul and core of the networkThe technology cycles where longer and dictated by the industryIn the attached video-presentationI explain at high level what is our vision for Mobile Backhaul and some recommendations on how to evolve it.





Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to explain the benefits of SDN and NFV is less than sixteen minutes. Brian Levy (CTO, Service Provider, EMEA) accepted the challenge and we recorded the results for you to watch. This blog outlines what he speaks about and also has a direct link to view the recording.



LTE Security as Mobile Operators Transition to All-IP Networks

by Juniper Employee ‎11-07-2013 12:45 AM - edited ‎11-07-2013 01:49 AM

There really is more to life than SDN and NFV. Although you’d be hard pushed to discover what it might be if you go by the headlines in journals and key speakerships at conferences. If you live in the world of a mobile operator you might contend that LTE Networks are the next big thing. But LTE is not without its challenges and in this blog I review an eighteen minute presentation by Paul Gainham, Senior Director Service Provider Marketing EMEA. You can also follow a link to view a recording of his presentation.


Brian Levy, EMEA SP Sector CTO, myself in SP Solutions Marketing and other colleagues at Juniper have been around, meeting with Service Providers around Europe Middle East and Africa, talking about SDN and NFV, both, very hot topics. I recently had a chance to sit with Brian to exchange our experiences that you can see in the video here.




Over the last 20 months, our industry has seen Software Defined Networking (SDN) going from being a hype to become a reality. And, at Broadband World Forum this year, this hasn’t been an exception. It was almost impossible to attend any session where SDN wasn’t mentioned: SDN for ultra-broadband networks, SDN in the Cloud, SDN everywhere…



Crowds Harness the Opportunity at IP EXPO 2013

by Nick Burrows (nick.burrows) ‎10-24-2013 06:56 AM - edited ‎11-06-2013 05:15 AM

If you came away from this year’s IP EXPO with nothing else, you couldn’t help the fact that networking is changing.


The combination of application proliferation, virtualisation, centralisation of (big) data and a plethora of other initiatives, have cemented the network at the centre of a technological whirlwind, rewarding the nimble with the visibility, control and elasticity required to deliver business agility, whilst punishing the sluggish with complexity, inefficiency and inflexibility - seldom a good combination in business for anything other than stagnation.


I enjoy events like IP EXPO, they serve as an excellent high-volume barometer about what is important to the guy responsible for trying to deliver that most critical of organisational assets:  the network.  As networking is changing, so too is the role of the various directors, managers, architects, consultants and engineers that come to the stand.  They have to deliver a platform that provides what their organisation needs to today and ensure it can scale to meet the challenges of tomorrow - all in the context of an exponentially changing technology landscape. 


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