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I'm Spartacus

by Juniper Employee on ‎07-01-2016 01:09 AM

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Few who have watched the film of the same name will forget the compelling scene towards the end where the group of captured slaves are asked to identify Spartacus from amongst them and one by one they memorably stand to each proclaim ’I’m Spartacus.’

 

Bear with me as I somewhat tenuously (for now) draw a parallel between that scene and the claims and cries of IT and Networking vendors as they all clamour to shout ‘I’m Open’

 

It seems as though ever since I was a young lad, vendors in the IT community have positioned themselves as “open”.  It could be argued of course that no one would ever claim they are closed and proprietary so the word open became almost the default or ‘safe harbour’ position.

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Stepping into an Intern's world at Juniper Networks

by Tom Creasey ‎07-07-2014 06:19 AM - edited ‎07-08-2014 06:50 AM

I am currently studying Enterprise Computing at the University of the West of England, Bristol. I am in my 3rd year (placement) and shall be starting to complete my 4th year in September 2014. Currently I am a Systems Engineer (SE) Intern for Juniper Networks, I am based in the UK.

 

Whilst being at Juniper Networks I have worked on various projects, such as Proof of Concepts (PoC’s) for customers and other SEs. This meant that I was allowed to work on some expensive, state of the art equipment, such as the new QFX series.

I feel that by having access to hands on equipment it allows me to get a better understanding and allows me to expand my knowledge to a higher level; I feel that this is not something that everyone gets to do. There is also a lot of responsibility within my role, for example, working with equipment that other colleagues are using for customer demonstrations. There have been many times where I have had to relocate the equipment or exchange it with something newer or different whilst making sure the functionality is kept for the current topology. I’ve also learnt about virtualisation and virtual machines; in the Addlestone lab we bought a Network Attached Storage (NAS) device, the idea was use it for cloud storage for all of our virtual machines and their data stores. This meant that there would then be better redundancy in place if there was a disk failure from any of the servers. Also we adopted this with the VMware products we had available; we had some vCenter licenses available for our VMware ESXi servers; this meant that we were able to connect these servers together which in turn gives us a single point of management, compared to managing each individual server. This permits us of doing vMotion, which allows the migration of virtual machines from one physical server to another with no down time.

During my time at Juniper I have also had the chance to work towards the JNCIAcertification that teaches you about JunOS and basic networking fundamentals; before I leave I will be certified. That will be another added bonus from my internship at Juniper.

 

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Routers, switches and datacentres. The exciting life of an intern

by Juniper Employee ‎07-07-2014 06:18 AM - edited ‎07-08-2014 03:45 AM

This time last year I was informed that Juniper Networks was taking CVs and offering interviews to a select few students at my university for the chance of an internship over the following 12 months. I jumped at the opportunity and before I knew it I was talking routing protocols and future ambitions with my now line manager.

 

I managed to get one of the two positions on the UK intern programme, which I was to find was the first time to be undertaken in the UK. During the past 10 months  I have had a great chance to get to know how the networking industry functions, where my studies could take me and what my future holds in the networking world. I have built networks, constructed demos, attended customer meetings and experienced the day to day expectations of a Systems Engineer (SE) within Juniper. Sales could not be made possible without SEs and that means the company entirely relies on them.

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There is no doubt that Juniper Networks’ QFX5100 is the world’s most nimble top of rack switch, with the highest availability, it offers seamless migration, and is SDN and VMware certified. To celebrate this we are running a QFX5100 demo video competition over the next couple of months. All you need to do is either have a QFX5100 installed within your network or demo and test the QFX5100 with your Juniper authorised local partner, then create a personal video of your experience (and be as imaginative and fun as possible), finally enter your video to be in with a chance to win some great prizes.

 

With your video remember to be creative and make it fun! Take a look at the video below to get a sense of what we are looking for.

 

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A problem faced by administrators is how to scale the network to support new applications, new devices, or initiatives such as bring your own device (BYOD) or bring your own application (BYOA). All of which can create pressures on the network and the administrator in ways which are difficult to predict and budget for. Best practice guides, consultancy, and proof of concept labs can only give an educated guess of day one production loads, let alone six months into the application life-cycle. No engineer worth their salt will knowingly low-ball the network specification just in case; especially on projects with executive sponsorship (read: CxO with a new toy/something he about read in an airline magazine). As a result, precious budget may be burnt on underutilised kit; perhaps indefinitely.

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