reTHINKing the Network

Recently I joined IBM sellers and clients at the IBM Client Center in La Gaude, France (just outside Nice), to open a new Center of Excellence (CoE) that features IBM and Juniper Smarter Datacenter joint solutions. This event was the culmination of many months of hard work to bring together joint solutions and reference architectures that IBM and Juniper can demonstrate for our clients in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region.

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Today Juniper announced the availability of Contrail, its open SDN controller.  Contrail simplifies networking in the virtual world by seamlessly automating connectivity between virtual machines/workloads, across data centers, and across clouds. 

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NEW! Redpaper from IBM & Juniper – IBM Flex System & Juniper QFabric!

by Liz King (LizKing) ‎04-08-2013 05:00 AM - edited ‎04-05-2013 03:18 PM

Building-a-Smarter-Data-Center-with-IBM-Flex-System-and-Juniper-Networks-QFabric---redp4980-1.jpgJuniper Networks continues to work with IBM to help customers address their data center challenges and transform their IT infrastructure.  Together, we published a new IBM Redpaper, “Building a Smarter Data Center with IBM Flex System and Juniper Networks QFabric” to help customers address both complexity and infrastructure constraints in their data centers.

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Juniper Networks QFabric for IBM Flex System

by Liz King (LizKing) ‎01-14-2013 10:56 AM - edited ‎01-22-2013 01:27 PM

Today Arrow Electronics announced new integrated solution bundles that combine the IBM Flex System compute, storage, networking, management and virtualization components with Juniper Networks QFabric technology. Available through Arrow’s value added resellers in the United States and orderable as a single part number, these bundles address the escalating need data center operators face to solve server sprawl and virtualization management issues. With these new bundles, customers looking to purchase integrated solutions for their data centers now have a new choice.

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IBM and Juniper Networks continue to build momentum together in the healthcare industry.  You can learn more by attending an IBM Smarter Healthcare seminar, entitled “Redefining Value and Success in Healthcare” on June 14, 2012 in Chicago, IL at the IBM Innovation Center and Healthcare Transformation Lab. Dan Pelino, General Manager, IBM Global Healthcare and Life Sciences Industry, will host the event.

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Modern data center networks face an unprecedented array of challenges, including cost effective scaling, support for new applications such as highly virtualized data centers, more reliable delivery of Ethernet data frames, and much more.  This week at Interop in Las Vegas, IBM released a series of technical briefs that present a vision for the creation of an open data center with an interoperable network.
 

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Not too long ago, enterprises eagerly purchased best of breed IT components and self-integrated the pieces to create their own solution.  Software and hardware from various suppliers implemented by internal IT staff members to meet what seemed like unique requirements.   It was complex, expensive, and time consuming to complete.  Often, major IT projects came in late and over budget.  Times have changed and now enterprises must control cost, reduce time to benefit, maximize efficiency, and build agility in their IT environments. IBM’s new family of Expert Integrated Systems is the latest step forward in advanced computing for IT customers.

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Technology Can Be Simple

by Liz King (LizKing) ‎04-06-2012 01:21 PM - edited ‎04-06-2012 01:21 PM

We often take technology for granted.  Every day, we simply flip a switch to turn the lights in a room or press one button on the microwave to make a quick meal without a thought. We don’t think about the complexity of starting a car. Gasoline automatically mixes with the correct amount of oxygen to create a combustion powering the drive shaft to generate enough energy to move the vehicle. We just put the key in the ignition and turn it to the right.We often take technology for granted.  Every day, we simply flip a switch to turn the lights in a room or press one button on the microwave to make a quick meal without a thought. We don’t think about the complexity of starting a car. Gasoline automatically mixes with the correct amount of oxygen to create a combustion powering the drive shaft to generate enough energy to move the vehicle. We just put the key in the ignition and turn it to the right. We often take technology for granted.  Every day, we simply flip a switch to turn the lights in a room or press one button on the microwave to make a quick meal without a thought. We don’t think about the complexity of starting a car. Gasoline automatically mixes with the correct amount of oxygen to create a combustion powering the drive shaft to generate enough energy to move the vehicle. We just put the key in the ignition and turn it to the right.

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At the 2012 HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) event on February 20-24 in Las Vegas, Juniper Networks and IBM will lead a lunch & learn breakout session for healthcare IT executives entitled, “Innovate Your HIT With Transformed Telemedicine and Secure Clinical Mobility Solutions from IBM and Juniper Networks”.  The session will be held in room 103 from 12:00 to 1:30pm on Tuesday, February 21, 2012.

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IBM has proven once again that "big things can come in small packages."  Today the company introduced a new reference configuration specifically designed for Mid-Market clients to quickly deploy a departmental, entry cloud solution. This reference configuration provides IBM business partners with a complete solution stack to help clients choose and deploy a comprehensive pre-tested solution including servers, networking, storage and software and the infrastructure and management tools needed to quickly and easily implement private clouds for their data centers.

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IBM and Juniper Join Forces on Mobile Security

by Liz King (LizKing) ‎11-17-2011 10:02 AM - edited ‎11-23-2011 12:49 PM

On November 11, IBM announced a new managed security service that addresses today’s security concerns for smartphones and tablet devices in the workplace.  Built on Juniper’s Junos Pulse Mobility Security Suite, IBM will provide organizations with on-device protection for mobile devices – including iPhone, Blackberry, Windows and Android devices, among others.

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QFabric is here and now, and the IBM Alliance is ready to deliver!

by Liz King (LizKing) ‎09-15-2011 10:25 AM - edited ‎09-15-2011 10:59 AM

In February, Juniper Networks launched the QFX3500 switch and with it announced QFabric, a new paradigm in data center networking.  Since then, QFabric has delivered on its promises of high performance, simplified manageability, low latency and cost savings in beta testing and proof of concepts with a small group of customers. Today, QFabric is now available for customers to order and experience!

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Juniper & IBM win at Fiberlight!

by Liz King (LizKing) ‎09-14-2011 11:33 AM - edited ‎09-15-2011 12:02 PM

Juniper and IBM has provided Fiberlight with leading networking and security technology to create a next-generation dedicated IP platform. The solution enables FiberLight to bundle its core fiber network product with high-speed Internet connectivity on a single, consolidated network, allowing FiberLight to offer its customers secure and resilient network services that can scale to meet changing demand at highly competitive price points.

 

 



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Juniper Networks Powers IBM’s New Data Center for Cloud Services

by Liz King (LizKing) ‎06-23-2011 12:55 PM - edited ‎06-23-2011 12:55 PM

May 31, 2011 marked the official launch of a new IBM Enterprise Data Center in Auckland, New Zealand. Located at Highbrook Business Park, this new data center will help position IBM as the market leader in cloud-enabled services in New Zealand. Through its long standing relationship with Juniper Networks, IBM deployed a complete routing, switching and network security solution from Juniper, all running the Junos operating system, to dramatically reduce the cost and complexity of data center networking.

 

Juniper shares IBM’s vision for delivering the exciting potential of cloud-based services and virtualization and thanks to our intelligent solutions, this new IBM data center is built and managed for flexible growth, to meet unpredictable demand, and to support new computing models such as cloud computing. It also enables IBM to deliver a range of Cloud services to the New Zealand market, including Virtual Server Services and hosted private and hybrid cloud infrastructure services.



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Three months ago, Juniper Networks transformed the data center with the announcement of the QFabric™ architecture and the introduction of the QFX3500 Switch, a high-performance, ultra low latency, feature rich L2 and L3 device that also offers a fabric-ready edge solution for Juniper’s single-tier data center solution. 



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