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Is it really One Junos?

by Trusted Contributor on ‎09-20-2017 05:14 AM

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For years, Juniper has talked about its common operating system strategy, frequently short-handed as One Junos. The basic premise is that Juniper leverages a common operating system across the majority of the portfolio. And the theory is that commonality breeds benefits. 
 
Since we started talking about One Junos, people sometimes bring up examples of things that might be exceptions to the rule. Maybe the code has branched for some reason. Or some feature is not available on all platforms. Or maybe there are competing ways of doing something on a platform.
 
Internally, I used to be known as the One Junos guy. It wasn’t that I drank the Kool-Aid. In many ways, I was the one making the Kool-Aid. So I wanted to write a bit about my thoughts on the subject.
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It’s hard to get through a single sales pitch or conference keynote without hearing someone extol the virtues of machine learning and the thing it will eventual enable, artificial intelligence. In the networking world, we are all agog with visions of how the technology will transform our industry. 
 
Whether it’s self-healing systems or networks capable of detecting anomalous behavior, there is something really basic standing between us and the future we all crave: training data.
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IoT and Changing Business Models

by Trusted Contributor on ‎09-12-2017 09:00 PM

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If you believe IoT enthusiasts, basically everything becomes a sensor that produces data that can be used for some application. The most straightforward business models are to either sell the sensor or sell the application. Indeed, we have seen this in everything from wearables to industrial IoT. 
 
But as we generate all of this data, we will see the continued emergence of data as the product. Dare I call this Data-as-a-Service?
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It’s well understood that IoT is going to provide a lot of data. And that data will be used to feed applications. Machine learning will help provide the algorithms that convert that data into action. And that action is what we, the consumers, will benefit from.
 
This means that IoT and machine learning will need to intersect. How is that likely to happen?
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IoT and Multi-access Edge Computing: A perfect match

by Trusted Contributor ‎09-04-2017 04:41 PM - edited ‎09-05-2017 08:13 AM

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Not every major technology trend will land. Some of them are well-intentioned but difficult to implement. Others appear to be solutions looking for problems. But when you find a couple of technologies that pair well together, it can accelerate both of them as they bring co-conspirators together in pursuit of something better.
 
And that is what appears to be happening with IoT and multi-access edge computing (MEC).
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Networking's primary role in IoT

by Trusted Contributor on ‎08-31-2017 09:36 AM

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When you think about the rising bandwidth consumption across the globe, it’s pretty easy to imagine that IoT is going to be a major contributor. With potentially billions or trillions of devices suddenly connected to the Internet, it’s almost inconceivable that bandwidth requirements will not change. 
 
But even with all those sensors streaming information to clouds or remote data stores, the primary role of the network with regards to IoT could very well be security.
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Network abstraction: To gain capability, give up control

by Trusted Contributor ‎08-27-2017 12:59 PM - edited ‎08-27-2017 01:00 PM

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Networks are notoriously fragile. There is a reason that the primary means of combatting downtime in many enterprises is a strict set of change controls designed to throttle any changes that might pose a risk to the network during critical times. And the more complex the network, the more draconian the controls. 
 
But if we are to collectively get more from our networks over time, we will first have to give up some of the control to which we have become accustomed. 
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How telcos and clouds are changing open source

by Trusted Contributor ‎08-24-2017 07:44 AM - edited ‎08-24-2017 12:10 PM

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There is little debate that open source is increasingly important across all of the major infrastructure areas: compute, storage, networking, and applications. But the role of open source and in some cases even the purpose are being being changed as the major drivers shift from vendors whose primary objective is to carve out a business to the very users whose infrastructures leverage the open source components and tools. 
 
As open source changes, it means that the surrounding landscape will have to change with it. And as with all change, this creates threats and opportunities for those who make their living in and around IT.
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Organizational risk of next-generation networking

by Trusted Contributor ‎08-20-2017 08:01 PM - edited ‎08-20-2017 08:23 PM

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As the emphasis in networking shifts from device management to over-the-top integrations with the move towards automation and DevOps, our network engineers will spend an increasing percentage of their time working above the devices that form the foundation of the systems over which they have dominion. This means that engineers will have to add to their already broad skillsets. 
 
Because of the increased emphasis on these layers of integration and automation, there will be an emerging class of network engineers whose dominant skills are not in the plumbing but rather the operational frameworks that make the plumbing work.
 
And therein lies the risk.
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Networking's generational divide

by Trusted Contributor on ‎08-16-2017 09:01 AM

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Typically when we talk about a generational divide, we are talking about an age gap in our workers. In an IT context, we might imagine differences in the way that millennials and their predecessors interact with the devices for which they are responsible. 
 
But while there is indeed a generational divide that is beginning to take firm root in IT, it is the companies more than the workers that are driving changes.
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