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Managing Connectivity Services in a Multi-vendor Network

by Juniper Employee ‎06-08-2015 10:44 AM - edited ‎06-12-2015 08:07 AM

With the growing interest in SDN/NFV, it is becoming increasingly important that management systems are able to manage multi-vendor networks. So, how does Junos Space handle services in a multi-vendor environment?

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IoT Day: Mo’ Connections, Mo’ Problems

by SteveShaw ‎04-09-2015 06:00 AM - edited ‎04-09-2015 01:28 PM

My connected alarm clock (no joke – it’s tethered to the national atomic clock) blared at 6 am this morning and amid me coming to my senses, I was immediately reminded that today is none other than Internet of Things day. No, it doesn’t quite have the cache of St Patrick’s Day or Dia de la Muertos, but the way things are getting connected these days, it’s soon to have the largest pool of participants (some 50 billion “things” could soon have new life through an Internet connection, if estimates are to be believed). And, hey, I sell networks for a living, so today happens to have a special place in my heart.

 

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What can *you* do with a smarter network?

by SteveShaw ‎03-18-2015 01:16 PM - edited ‎03-18-2015 02:21 PM

I speak with Juniper service provider customers around the world.  Talking abstractly about the benefits of automation and network intelligence works for the techies, but for product marketing folks, it can be difficult to translate the value of an agile IP platform into new services for customers. 

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There is a lot of talk about services these days. In the context of network deployments, we use the term “services” loosely to refer to a variety of network functions – from a simple point-to-point link between network endpoints to a complex application such as a load balancer or a firewall that is deployed in a network node. So, when we talk of service management we could be referring to a broad spectrum of services or functions. Let’s try to get some clarity on services types and identify Juniper’s product portfolio for managing them.

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Today, Juniper Networks announced several additions to its ACX Series Universal Access Routing portfolio, delivering a series of new platforms that service providers need as they look to address the coverage and capacity challenges that the addition of small cells have introduced in their RAN.

 

 

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A new generation of bandwidth consumers—including xDSL/GPON equipment, 4G/5G base stations supporting 10GbE interfaces, and enterprise customers requiring 10GbE UNI service—are all placing greater demands for capacity on access networks.

 

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Six Network Predictions for 2015

by SteveShaw ‎01-13-2015 03:14 PM - edited ‎01-13-2015 03:40 PM

The first 14 years of this century have seen massive transformation in the networking space, with the creation of products, applications and services exploding onto the market. The first iPhone launched putting more compute power in our pockets than the computer used on the Apollo missions. 

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MEF GEN14: NFV Needs FOCACA

by SteveShaw on ‎11-21-2014 11:49 AM

This week the Metro Ethernet Forum held their first industry event – MEF GEN14.  There was much self-congratulatory talk on the success of the CE2.0 specifications - it has been wildly successful.  But ultimately there is really only so much one can say about Ethernet. 

 

As is common in every telecom conference these days, quickly the discussion shifted to SDN and NFV.  There were many fine presentations extolling the virtues of the technologies.  Yet it’s still early days, and most realize this is more akin to a marathon than a sprint. 

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The mobile industry, like most telecom industries, is faced with the celebratory exuberance of overwhelmingly successful data services, coupled with the hangover of how to manage, operate and pay for a network to deliver what customers expect. 

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Hey, you, get off of my cloud!

by SteveShaw on ‎09-16-2014 10:58 AM

Do you trust yourself to be your own chief security officer?

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This week T-Mobile in the U.S. announced a renewed focus on wi-fi calling, their unique service offer that blends mobile coverage and data access with any wi-fi access point.

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The upcoming NFV Data Center conference hosted by Light Reading offers the industry an opportunity to dig into the transformation happening in the service provider network.  It’s clear NFV is transformative for many reasons, and the foundation of this transformation is the data center. 

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The US goes to WAR!

by SteveShaw on ‎08-25-2014 08:21 PM

With all the political unrest, the title is a bit inflammatory – but the headlines in the US mobile market are just as inflammatory. 

 

A couple years ago, Verizon put a shot across the bow by leading the roll out of LTE and with it, defining a new, simplified pricing plan ($40/month for a smartphone access with unlimited voice/SMS + a tiered 1 – 10 gb/month shared bucket of data).  AT&T and others followed suite.  A family of four could now spend $220/month ($40/month/smartphone + $70/month for 4 gb data).

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Customers want more than black.

by SteveShaw on ‎08-13-2014 11:04 AM

As Henry Ford famously said, “People can have the Model T car in any color, as long as it’s black!”  As students of business history know, Henry’s ‘invention’ wasn’t the car, but the manufacturing process which allowed him to make cars more cheaply than the competition, and thus open up huge new markets for the “horseless carriage”.

 

The broadband market has been similar to this for many years...

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Operators commit to NFV

by SteveShaw on ‎03-04-2014 02:29 PM

October, 2013 – a day (or month) that will live in infamy.  It was when 13 service providers published their call to action to the vendor community for “Network Functions Virtualization” or NFV. 

 

And now they are starting to put their money where their mouths are. 

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