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No Limits Means Saying No to Lock-In

by cchai ‎08-22-2014 03:04 PM - edited ‎08-25-2014 02:08 PM

The theme of VMworld this year is “No Limits.” Personally I think this a great theme because at Juniper we’ve always believed the network should have no limits—within reason of course. While this may seem logical, some of our competitors haven’t always felt that way. Let me explain. 
If you think about it, there are really two types of limits: the natural kind, which are dictated by physics or some other natural law; and the artificial kind, imposed somehow by human beings.

The more we read about how the cloud is changing the world, the more interesting the use cases and opportunities Datacenter.jpgbecome.


Today Massachusetts Technology Collaborative announced the Massachusetts Open Cloud – a public open cloud that will serve as shared infrastructure in the Commonwealth for running Big Data applications.


How to Build a MetaFabric

by cchai on ‎03-28-2014 08:52 AM

Last October, Juniper introduced the MetaFabric architecture—a vision for building simple, open and smart data center networks that support the deployment and delivery of applications both within and across data centers.


The network, however, is just part of the equation.


Last week, I got to participate in a GigaOM Research webinar where I sat on a virtual panel (along with Greg FerroNick Lippis and moderated by David Linthicum) discussing the results of a recent cloud, SDN and networking survey.  The survey itself had lots of great information, and I would highly recommend checking out the webinar to absorb the entire discussion. But for those without the extra time to spare, here’s a quick summary.


Surfing the Wave of IT Automation

by cchai on ‎02-10-2014 11:18 AM

Last week, Mike Marcellin talked to Bloomberg Businessweek about Juniper's partnership with companies like Puppet Labs and the innovative work that we’re doing to solve some of the most difficult problems in the data center.  This is an exciting topic because it speaks directly to what we’re seeing in our customers, and highlights the approach that we’re taking to help them.


5 Questions Cisco Doesn’t Want You to Ask About ACI

by cchai ‎11-14-2013 03:44 PM - edited ‎11-21-2013 01:35 PM

Last week, Cisco launched their Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI). Much of the discussion centered on business transitions, technology evolution, and how to capitalize on the next big trend, which they call the “Internet of Things.” And while it may sound good at face value, it’s important to look under the hood and evaluate if ACI can actually deliver on the promises that Cisco has outlined.


As you’re taking a closer look at the details surrounding this new infrastructure, here are five questions to ask about Cisco ACI: 


Connecting the Physical to the Virtual

by Abnerg ‎10-11-2013 09:39 AM - edited ‎10-11-2013 10:02 AM

The request begins with a reasonable question. How about we take the transaction data in database A (originally built for application A), combine it with some bit of data in database B in order to give the users of the new mobile app a summary of past purchases?


The Definitive Guide to NSX Gateway Uses Cases

by cchai ‎08-26-2013 09:08 AM - edited ‎08-26-2013 09:13 AM

This week at VMworld San Francisco, We will be hearing about new products, new technologies, new features, new demos, new partnerships, and yes, even new cured meat options for breakfast!  Even with all that yummy goodness, three letters will rise above the rest: N-S-X (as in VMware NSX).


Straight-Talk-Diagram.jpgRecently, Juniper’s been “straight talking” a lot about automation tools, orchestration plugins, open source consortiums, ecosystem partnerships and, of course, software-defined networking. All of this activity (and the various acronyms that go along with it) is enough to make even a seasoned networking expert’s head spin. 


The virtualization of today’s enterprise data centers has resulted in greater server utilization and higher application availability.


Typically, the IT infrastructure in these environments is managed by two different groups:  Server Administrators, who manage the compute and storage resources, and Network Administrators, who manage the network itself.  Enterprise software has migrated from standalone deployments to services, enabling their associated compute workloads to be virtualized and optimizing compute and storage resource utilization.