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

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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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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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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Mobile backhaul is a bit like the corporate IT department. When everything is going well, no one remembers it actually exists – when the systems work, no one wants to touch them. However, as IT requires the periodical upgrades, mobile backhaul needs to be regularly upgraded. The demands are similar – ability to cope with the growing demands of new technologies and ensuring top-notch customer experience whilst the usage increases. Additionally, such as IT, MBH can become a competitive disadvantage, if it is not up to date with today’s requirements.

 

2014 will be in many markets in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) the year of massive end-user take-up of LTE networks. Writing this in Finland, where mobile downlink speeds exceeding 70 Mbit/s and uplink speeds exceeding 10 Mbit/s are common, one can see LTE brings the mobile user experience to a new level. Consequently the requirements for backhaul are also elevated to a new level.

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David

My 2014 predictions for the SDN / NFV space

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

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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?

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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…

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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.

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David

Peering and Video Games - Heading to European Peering Forum

by Juniper Employee ‎08-28-2013 01:55 AM - edited ‎09-09-2013 07:53 AM

A few weeks ago I was listening to a conversation between two teenagers, discussing the advantages of   the ping times of their internet connections to be better positioned for their multiplayer online video games. This will help me to explain to my friends what my trip to Iceland is about.

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David

SDN for Dummies: Routes, Maps and GPS

by Juniper Employee ‎08-23-2013 03:45 AM - edited ‎09-25-2013 01:36 AM

During some of my SDN non-technical SDN discussions with customers, I sometimes get asked to explain in simple terms “what does SDN add to the networking industry. I've seen many analogies, but I found this one interesting: Understanding SDN with routes, maps and GPS (read more)

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Cloud is perceived as a natural evolution for telecom business services. But why? What are they aiming for? What should their strategy be?  

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In the journey towards the cloud, long term, enterprises are more likely to buy all services from a single provider integrating the different cloud and connectivity needs. Therefore we’ll see a number of ecosystems emerging that bring in all the important things needed. Are telecom operators ready for it?

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In the journey to the cloud, the needs of enterprises have evolved and there is a mismatch between their needs and what they get offered by the telecom operators. Enterprises need cloud services, but in many cases all what they  get from the service provider are connectivity services (Internet, IPVPN…)

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My parents acquired a Samsung SmartTV a year ago without paying much attention on the ‘smarts’ of the device. A few weeks ago, after a (never ending) family lunch at their home, I started to play with their new TV and configured the SmartTV section. Only after them alerting menot to break anything, they suddenly discovered a window to a brand new world that I just enabled. How long did it take last time they tried to unsuccessfully connect their laptop? With the magic of the SmartTV button, they found an easy way to connect to Internet content, VoD and even family pictures, although the system is still far from perfect.

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David

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.

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