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

The IT department of an expanding company normally has a well-documented procedure that describes all the tasks that involves opening a new branch. Getting the SP to setup the VPN may take several weeks.

 

With virtualizaiton and Automation this time can be reduced enormously. 

 

 

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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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At the recent Hackinthebox security conference in Amsterdam, Dutch duo Stephen Kho and Rob Kuiters – who work for the Chief Information Security Office (CISO) team within the Netherlands largest telecommunications provider KPN – revealed that a significant percentage of nodes within the global set of GRX hub networks were accessible from the internet, and some of those were found to have applications running which exposed critical vulnerabilities. 

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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

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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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.

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Using the lost art of pricing to fight back against OTT

by Juniper Employee ‎03-13-2014 07:19 AM - edited ‎03-13-2014 08:42 AM

The downwards pressure on service providers margins and the challenges they face from over the top (OTT) players getting a ‘free ride’ on their networks are well discussed within the industry. Much of the discussion focuses around how service providers can deliver new services or take the OTT players head on. However, they may be ignoring one traditional tool in their arsenal – price discrimination.

 

Price discrimination: “the action of selling the same product at different prices to different buyers, in order to maximize sales and profits”

 

In the old voice dominated world service providers still saw ‘OTT services’ delivering high value, yet they managed to extract value with price discrimination. For example, businesses relied upon voice communications to work remotely and close deals. How did service providers extract additional value from here? They did it by charging more during business hours, and even more for international phone calls (even after the international network costs). They still do this for roaming with mobile services – at least for now until the European Commission have finished abolishing them.

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I contend that MSPs, consumers and third party services providers such as banks take mobile network security for granted. I really don’t think any segment has fully thought through the implications for them, their brand, their ability to win new business, or the safety of personal information and all that implies. A new white paper by the Juniper team takes a look at some of the underlying causes and effect. My blog calls out some of the highlights and also gives you a link to download the white paper.   

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Is your Organization Structured to Make the Most of SDN and NFV?

by Juniper Employee ‎10-17-2013 12:49 AM - edited ‎10-17-2013 02:45 AM

SDN and NFV have got technologists involved in some pretty heavy debates; for example is it hype or will it enable service providers to develop new business models? But one area of discussion stretches beyond the boundaries of technologists. Will SDN/NFV change the organizational structure of service providers? I caught up with Brian Levy and David Noguer Bau and asked them to share some of the discussions they’ve been having with service providers.

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Today’s Internet traffic growth was impossible to imagine 10 years ago. The capacity enhancements that networks experienced, have transformed the business model of companies like Netflix, from its original DVD-by-mail service back in 1997, to the on-demand Internet streaming model today. Netflix today, owns one third of North American Internet traffic at peak, and it has doubled its mobile share in ju...

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Enterprises are facing new needs and challenges; those may translate into new opportunities for Managed Service Providers. But, are telecom providers well positioned to capture those opportunities?

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Fresh faced and keen in my shiny new job I will be attending MPLS World Congress 2013 in Paris next week. So, I decided to take a look at why the organisation has attended this event over the past decade. What was the Juniper message is to the technical community of MPLS WC attendees and why do people find Juniper Networks so compelling?

 

Over the past few years attendees to the event have heard about topics such as understanding how IPV6 has enables seamless and scalable migration and meeting the challenges of cloud computing, today we are poised to discuss SDN and the opportunities and challenges it brings. In all of those discussions Juniper has had a place for two reasons:

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Is one mark of a genius how their work stands the test of time, how it remains relevant, and how we continue to draw inspiration from it? I was reminded of this theory during Broadband World Forum 2012 (#BBWF) as I enjoyed talking to a broad range of people from across our industry. Despite the amazing technology on show (take a look at MX is the Future to get a flavour of what I mean) it was a conversation about the changing nature of relationships that caught my imagination.

 

I was talking to IBM’s Craig Campbell who is someone at the centre of such change; a change that challenges the historic buyer–vendor relationship; a change that does not recognise traditional boundaries and, whilst there remains a contractual element, it’s a change built on common interest, trust, respect, and shared goals. But the really interesting thing for me is what Craig was describing is industry agnostic – it could be applied to great effect no matter what discipline you work in.

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In just two weeks Juniper Networks has revolutionised the edge market with the enhancements introduced to allow service providers monetise their assets, network optimisation and the unprecedented scalability. This blog is a short summary of our experience at VMWorld and BBWF.

 

Last week at the VMworld event in Barcelona I had the opportunity to present to our customers the advantages that Junos Node Unifier brings in managing complex private cloud data center networks by reducing to one the number of devices to manage. But it also generated a lot of interest the upsell opportunity that JunosV Firefly opens for cloud providers in offering security-as-a-service in a virtualised platform.

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Broadband World Forum (BBWF) is back in town – October 16-18, in Amsterdam, Netherlands!

Juniper Networks will be on stand E26, showcasing our recently-announced breakthrough product set (software and hardware) that will enable service providers to deliver and expand new consumer and business services rapidly at a rate up to 69 percent faster[1] than other market solutions[2]. This acceleration means they

 

can ride the huge wave of demand being created by mobile and cloud capabilities and create revenue-generating new services, but without needing to replace existing network infrastructure. A real win-win for providers and users – and a perfect match for BBWF’s strap-line this year, “Driving Service Transformation to Satisfy the Connected Consumer”. 

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