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Network Convergence with Junos® Node Slicing

by Juniper Employee ‎06-20-2017 04:43 AM - edited ‎06-23-2017 11:25 AM

Juniper recently introduced the concept of cloud-grade networking—a holistic end-to-end network architecture that combines the operational principles of the cloud with intelligent IP attributes. This innovative approach extends across network domains, enabling service providers, mobile operators, cloud providers, and cable operators to improve the user experience and rapidly introduce innovative new industry- or vertical-specific services.


One of the key underlying technology enablers for cloud-grade networking is Junos® OS, a pioneering operating system that powers Juniper’s broad portfolio of physical and virtual routing, security, and switching products. Today, we are pleased to announce a new addition to the Junos product family: Junos Node Slicing, an innovative approach to network convergence and optimization.


Junos Node Slicing enables the convergence of multiple concurrent network functions on the same physical infrastructure, allowing service providers to optimize their infrastructure while offering differentiated services with enhanced operational isolation in a single chassis. With the introduction of Junos Node Slicing, service providers can achieve new levels of agility and operational efficiency, including:


  • Convergence: By decoupling network software from the underlying network infrastructure, Junos Node Slicing supports the convergence of multiple concurrent network functions on a single chassis, maximizing resource utilization and improving operational efficiency.
  • Resource Isolation: While convergence allows multiple concurrent network functions to reside on a single physical device, control, management, and administrative isolation minimize interdependency among these functions. In other words, a failure in one area would not impact the other functions. Any software updates, fixes, or functionalities can also be easily introduced to any network function without impacting the others.
  • Diverse Use Cases: Junos Node Slicing use cases fall into three basic scenarios: convergence, risk management, and device consolidation. Convergence focuses on CapEx reduction by combining multiple network functions (BNG, PE, video edge, voice edge, etc.) into a single device. Risk management focuses on partitioning physical systems, such as BNG, into multiple independent logical instances so that a single instance failure would not result in a massive service outage. Lastly, device consolidation focuses on uniting network functions within a single fully redundant physical device on a distributed infrastructure. Business VPN PEs are a prime example of how consolidation significantly reduces OpEx while sustaining existing SLAs.
  • Faster Time-to-Value (TTV): It takes a long time to deploy conventional networks; rolling out a simple service might take 10 to 18 months. Such long cycles make it difficult to quickly deliver tailored services that meet user demand as required by today’s dynamic market environment.  Junos Node Slicing enables service providers to maximize capital investments by expediting the introduction of innovative services.
  • Automation: Flexibility and scalability are key features of Junos Node Slicing.  Networks can no longer rely on manual management.  Fully automatic network management techniques such as automated configuration, optimization, software updates, and plug-and-play operations are fundamental to achieving efficient network operations and providing the dynamic services.
  • Flexible Business Models and New Ecosystem: Junos Node Slicing supports new business models that empower service providers to introduce highly customized Demand for Everything-as-a-Service and specific vertical services.  This functionality, coupled with the emergence of IoT and 5G technologies, will cultivate a new ecosystem of partners and vertical industries, as well as seamless integration across elements of network services.


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We are thrilled to bring Junos Node Slicing to our customers. After all, network convergence will form the backbone that allows service providers to maximize capital investments while achieving business agility to rapidly build better service experiences, ideate new services, and, ultimately, sustain profitability.


For a more detailed overview and deep dive on this exciting product, please download our Junos Node Slicing Feature Guide 

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About the Author
  • Ben has been working with service providers around the world for the last 15 years developing business cases for a variety of product concepts and new ventures. Ben holds an MBA from MIT and a BS & MS in Mechanical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University.
  • Part of Juniper PS EMEA since 2005 Primarily interested in making technology do the boring repetitive work so I can do fun new work.
  • Donyel Jones-Williams is the Director of Service Provider Product Marketing Management overseeing all of Juniper's Service Provider Products for Juniper Networks. In this role, he leads all of the internal and external marketing activities for Juniper with respect to routing, automation, SDN and NFV. Prior to joining Juniper Networks in January 2014, Donyel was a Senior Product Line Manager for Cisco Systems with in the High End Optical Routing Group managing product lifecycle for multiple products lines helping telecom providers operate efficiently and effectively including; ONS 155xx Product Family, ONS 15216, ONS 15454 MSTP, Carrier Packet Transport Product Family, ME 2600x, & ASR 9000v. He also negotiated favorable agreements with 3rd-party vendors furnishing components and parts and conducted both outbound and inbound marketing (webinars, case study-development, developed and delivered both business & technical at Cisco Live 2005-2012). Donyel graduated from California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. While attending Cal Poly SLO he was a collegiate student athlete playing football as a wide receiver and a key member of the National Society of Black Engineers. Donyel is now an active volunteer for V Foundation.
  • Dwayne loves everything related to automation and enjoys talking about it: Automation benefits outweigh any associated disruption.
  • Ebben Aries is a Principal Engineer for Junos Manageability in the Juniper Development and Innovation Division.
  • Michael Pergament, JNCIE-SP #510, JNCIE-ENT #23, JNCIE-DC #3
  • Marcel Wiget is a member of the Routing TME team. His career within Juniper started back in 2009 as a Senior Systems Engineer driving one of the first MX based Broadband Edge deployment to success. Prior to Juniper, Marcel held various positions in pre-sales, professional services and development at Chantry Networks, Spring Tide, Nortel Networks and Wellfleet.
  • Surya Nimmagadda is a Distinguished Engineer working on packet forwarding software for Juniper Networks routing and switching platforms.
  • Pallavi Mahajan is Vice President Engineering, Junos Engineering, and leads the Junos Programmability & Automation teams
  • Product Manager, JUNOS Automation