Have you seen the Hobbit film trilogy? Peter Jackson's monumental work doesn't strictly follow the original book the way his Lord of the Rings trilogy did. Instead, he uses the Hobbit book as a platform to which he adds a number of characters, back stories, and details that flesh out the story to more fully recount his particular vision of Middle Earth. And Juniper's Contrail SDN products have the same philosophy: they are platforms that can interoperate with a variety of different networking devices to help you create the your own particular vision of SDN.
If you are a Juniper partner, I hope you saw the recent announcement of Partner Premium Enablement – PPE for short. This new program gives Partner Support Specialists extra value that you can sell to your customers to help them grow, evolve and strengthen their networks. And you will certainly want to make sure your customers watch this video describing how important partners are throughout the entire networking lifecycle.
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.
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).