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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.




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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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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Getting the Steam into High-IQ Networks of the Future

by Juniper Employee ‎06-02-2014 06:50 AM - edited ‎06-02-2014 06:50 AM

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.



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.





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!




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.





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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