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Humair Raza

Cloudy with a Chance of ...

by Juniper Employee on ‎10-06-2014 02:59 PM

I was a bit surprised when I saw the stats that among the most commonly downloaded and used apps are the weather apps. Upon some thinking the reason seemed obvious, that our life these days depends on accurate weather forecast. One of my habits is to look at the weather early in morning to decide what to wear and even plan my day, whether the weather is good enough to do an afternoon jog, etc. Some of the advances in weather reporting in recent years is that weather technology companies are retrofitting planes to collect invaluable data during their normal flights. Whether we realize or not all of our air trips are now contributing to the accuracy of the global weather forecast. Next time try to itemize your air tickets on the tax return as your contribution to a global cause, good luck!

 

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Humair Raza

Backhaul without Boundaries

by Juniper Employee on ‎09-22-2014 12:03 PM

There is no doubt that we are living in a virtual world these days, fantasy football, avatars, and so on. Sometime I wonder why we like virtual world so much. Apparent reasons that come to mind are that virtual world is almost equivalent to fantasy land. In the V-world you can dream big, the cost of failure is not huge, you can try out things before physically building them, you get the drift. These are the precise reasons that networks are also leaning towards the virtual environment with the help of network function virtualization (NFV) technology. Even backhaul is not safe from the virtual revolution, I call it “backhaul without boundaries”.

 

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The European Cloud provider Cloudwatt recently announced a live production implementation of Software Defined Networking (SDN) using OpenContrail to support its public cloud service.

 

http://www.computerweekly.com/news/2240225580/Cloudwatt-deploys-SDN-to-orchestrate-public-cloud-serv...

 

Cloudwatt has an Opensource approach; its cloud orchestration platform is based on Openstack. Using OpenContrail as its SDN controller, it has integrated network automation into its cloud orchestration system.

 

While it is exciting to see SDN transition from hype to deployment, it’s good to stop and consider if this is just another approach to an old problem or if it is solving a new problem which will bring business value to Cloudwatt. While our industry thrives on technology innovation, it can also be ruthless. Investment is unlikely unless there is business value. Everett Rogers developed his theories around the diffusion of innovation and the resulting Innovation adoption curve. This identifies the various stages of innovation introduction, initially starting with the innovators who are prepared to take a level of risk to gain a competitive advantage, eventually moving to majority market adoption and finally followed by the laggards. Many technologies fail to reach the innovators phase. Rogers used the work of Bryce Ryan and Neil Gross while developing his theories. Ryan and Gross concluded that there are five major stages in the adoption process; awareness, Interest, evaluation, trial and adoption. Many technologies fail to make the transition from trial to adoption, making announcements such as the Cloudwatt deployment important to the future of SDN. 

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The SDN controller is often compared to a centralized brain for the network. It's a good analogy as it illustrates well the interaction between the SDN controller and the network equipment. The comparison also falls a bit short as the brain should not just include a controller but also big-data analytics to help taking decisions.

 

Complex creatures such as the octopus developed a distributed brain model... how about your network?

 

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This is a guest blog post. Views expressed in this post are original thoughts posted by Stuart Bates, Product Manager - Network Innovation, Imtech ICT. These views are his own and in no way do they represent the views of the company he works for.

 

5 Top Tips When Evaluating Your NFV Strategy

 

In the first part of my blog I talked through the lessons I had learnt from seeing my customers adopt both virtualisation and cloud technologies, and it got me thinking about how they apply these learnings to the latest virtualisation technology, Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV).

 

The acronyms "SDN" and "NFV" are as popular around our industry now as "cloud" and "virtualisation" was a couple of years back. We saw these ideas rapidly moved from a PowerPoint presentation to real life tangible benefits, and I believe the same is true here.

 

NFV was primarily formed by service providers looking at a way to reduce cost and increase agility whilst reducing the reliance they have on hardware vendors, therefore it has real momentum as the people who created it are the ones who will consume it.

 

Software Defined Network (SDN) has a broader remit and is, therefore, less well formed, but is potentially more significant in its potential impact to how you architect your network and applications.

 

Both SDN and NFV, however, should mean something to you and your business and they will undoubtedly transform it over the next five years.

 

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David

Service Providers: SDN and NFV an opportunity to innovate

by Juniper Employee ‎07-08-2014 05:01 AM - edited ‎07-15-2014 02:56 AM

In a recent event with press and analysts, hosted by Juniper, together with my colleague Nigel Oakley, I had the opportunity to discuss the state of the art SDN and NFV. During the workshop, we had the opportunity to describe the impact that virtualization has in the networking technology as well as the importance of SDN and NFV for the Service Provider strategy.

 

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Any IT & networking project follows three well-known stages: Plan, Build and Operate. Certain projects are part of the day-to-day activity of many organizations: adding a new rack of servers in a data-center, upgrading a cell-site to 4G or provisioning a new VPN in a network. The building phase of a new platform like SDN/NFV,  is not something you can take much risk.

 

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Telecom Italia’s Flexible Service Chaining Proof of Concept

by Paolo_Fasano ‎06-26-2014 08:13 AM - edited ‎06-26-2014 08:14 AM

This is a guest blog post. Views expressed in this post are original thoughts posted by Paolo Fasano, Director, Network Innovation, Telecom Italia. These views are his own and in no way do they represent the views of the company he works for.

 

Within Telecom Italia domestic network infrastructure, the Service Point of Presence (POP) is the central office where subscriber management and other service functions are realized.  These functions include, among others, IP network termination, Authentication, Authorization and Accounting (AAA) proxy, security features, caches and content optimization, session borders controllers. The Service PoP is the key point in the network to apply network services to traffic flows based on customer categories, customer profiles or user applications.

 

The evolution of this strategic part of the network follows specific improvement targets.

 

First of all, the need for efficiency: there is an opportunity to share the same network functions among all customer categories, by realizing a common switching infrastructure. This has been the driver for introducing the Juniper Networks MX Series as the switching platform called “Service Hub” to aggregate all different Edge nodes and dedicated service nodes.

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Humair Raza

5G Networks and Backhaul

by Juniper Employee ‎06-02-2014 09:48 AM - edited ‎07-11-2014 02:00 PM

We are in the midst of major 4G rollouts and more than half of the world population have not even tasted the supersonic LTE networks, yet we see a lot of industry talks on the topic of 5G networks. So let us shine our crystal balls and see what 5G networks are all about all the while addressing some of the burning questions related to this topic.

 

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As a child I remember stories about James Watt watching a kettle boil and being inspired to develop the Steam Engine. Engineers have often developed technologies based on inspiration derived from what they personally experience in life. 

 

I think I must have been an engineer from birth, it was in my DNA. I too was inspired by the wonders all around me, how things worked and how from analyzing the detail I could derive a template for innovative thought in other areas.

 

The Internet today is a fantastic repository for human knowledge; it is spanning intelligence, leveling geographies, it is a communication network extending sensory perception beyond distance and time for both audio and video.

 

The elements of the Internet; network, compute and storage resources, come together to create a platform for innovation second to none. The innovation of artists of all kind, musicians, writers, film makers and many more flows through this infrastructure like the blood in our veins.

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David

You have an SDN Project: Looking for an expert?

by Juniper Employee ‎05-22-2014 12:37 AM - edited ‎06-10-2014 03:00 AM

Many of our customers at Juniper are currently considering evolving their networks towards an SDN/NFV based architecture in order to get agility through automation of process. Juniper Networks Customer Services and Support can help you here in Planning, Building and Operating your network.

 

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David

SDN & NFV Webinar Series by Juniper

by Juniper Employee ‎05-14-2014 07:41 AM - edited ‎07-08-2014 05:30 AM

I’m glad to announce the upcoming SDN and NFV Webinar Series hosted at the newly created Juniper Networks Service Provider Channel at BrightTalk.

Don't miss it!

 

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David

Virtualized Security: A Great opportunity for Service Providers

by Juniper Employee ‎05-07-2014 07:25 AM - edited ‎05-07-2014 07:29 AM

According to Gartner Group, by 2015 20% of overall VPN / Firewall market will be deployed using virtual infrastructure and 100% of overall IT security product capabilities will be delivered from the cloud. Virtual Security clearly  represents a new opportunity for Service Providers.

 

 

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David

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.

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David

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 WHD.global 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.

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