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What many people in the network world need is a workflow sherpa - someone to carry the automation load as they ascend the automation Everest so they can get a peak of the valley on the other side. Talking about the millionth step before having taken the first is premature and not extremely helpful.


SDN: Your Questions Answered in Under Five Minutes

by on ‎10-17-2012 10:45 AM - last edited on ‎10-18-2012 04:27 PM by Shelly Selick

The networking world remains abuzz about software-defined networking (SDN). Much has been said about the disruptive nature of this technology and how it will make network management easier while reducing costs. I’ve contributed to the discussion too, as has Juniper’s founder Pradeep Sindhu in this video. All of this has generated a tremendous amount of online chatter in communities that live, sleep and breathe networking – but what is everyone really saying? Is anyone beyond the networking cocoon talking about SDN?


So what do these companies have in common? They are all going to be on the panel at the MIT/Stanford Veture Lab's (VLAB) upcoming "The Revolution of Software Defined Networks." The event is Tuesday, October 16, from 7p-8:30p at Stanford University (click here for full event details).


Motivation Matters

by on ‎08-27-2012 08:11 AM

Software-defined networking, or SDN, is emerging as a trend in networking that’s attracting huge attention from vendors, media and industry analysts. Our temptation is to compare SDN investments, product offerings, technologies, and engineering skills to see who we think will rise to the top. This is the equivalent of picking the Super Bowl favorites as we head into training camp. It is fun to do, and chances are some of us will guess right. But ultimately it’s too early today to pick winners – Super Bowl or SDN.


We are currently embroiled in a policy war that will ultimately shape how the Internet is designed, built, and used. The implications could be far-reaching, altering in significant ways who has access to what information and how both individuals and companies do businessover the Internet. And all of this is happening with very little fanfare. If the stakes are so high, why are so few people paying close attention?


A little over 3 years ago, Air France Flight 447 from Rio de Janeiro to Paris disappeared mid-flight. In the years since, there has been a ton of research, analysis, and speculation to determine what exactly caused the Airbus A320-200 to crash. The parallels between this tragedy and the networking world are striking. In an SDN world, is there something we can learn from how Boeing and Airbus design planes?


So when I started this blog, I said that I would tackle technology topics from a strategic perspective. In terms of technologies, is there a hotter topic in our industry than SDN? And is there anything more “strategic” than the ubiquitous 2x2 matrix? Methinks the answer to both is ‘no’.


Through a Strategic Lens

by ‎06-19-2012 02:52 PM - edited ‎06-20-2012 03:08 AM

There are lots of blogs that detail technologies from a technology perspective. I'm going to take a run at explaining technologies and trends from a strategic perspective. There is a lot of discussion about SDN, but are the fears (or hopes, depending on your reference point) about commoditization well founded? Will the IETF/ITU-T battle royale have major implications? Those are the types of discussions we want to tee up here. And we are just getting started.


Giving Back to the FreeBSD Community

by ‎03-14-2012 11:46 AM - edited ‎03-14-2012 12:18 PM

When you benefit so heavily from the work of so many selfless individuals, you just have to give back when you can. So when I found out that the FreeBSD assets were moving from a datacenter in Santa Clara to another datacenter literally right across the street, I jumped at the opportunity to help. The cluster administrator for the hosting datacenter reached out to one of our FreeBSD committers and asked if we could provide some switches so they could support the work. In response, we gave them three EX3200s with full support contracts – free of charge.


Nicira and Programmable Networking… a Juniper Perspective

by ‎02-06-2012 10:03 PM - edited ‎02-06-2012 10:08 PM

Today the networking world has been all ‘a-twitter’ about Nicira; the networking start up who earlier this morning unveiled its network virtualization solution. Based on some of the analysis I’ve read, you’d think a gaping hole has opened up underneath Mathilda Ave. and Tasman Drive, destined to swallow the fortunes of network infrastructure vendors. But fear not; the reality is far more interesting -- and exciting. 


As Juniper CEO Kevin Johnson revealed during his keynote this morning at our Global Partner Conference in Las Vegas, Forrester Research has once again validated the extraordinary real-world benefits delivered by Junos. The new Forrester Total Economic Impact (TEI) study on Junos finds our customers achieving a 42% reduction in network operations costs in 3.7 months. 


Forrester worked with four of our enterprise customers to get feedback on experiences they’ve had with our products.  According to the analysis:


  • Overall, the interviewed companies noted a 25% to 50% reduction in unplanned network events.


  • Interviewees reported time savings of 50% to 60% for Junos in planned network outages, such as applying software patches.


  • In addition to the savings in routine administration tasks, interviewees also reported a 10% reduction in development time. They noted that development time was shorter using Junos and the Junos SDK.


  • Our customers also reported a 10% increase in administrative productivity. All of the interviewed organizations commented that they were able to significantly reduce time associated with designing, managing, and upgrading their infrastructure.


The report (attached) also includes highlights from the in-depth customer interviews. One customer comment sums it up: “My team loves the Junos software.”