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The Juniper Networks Horizontal Campus Validated Design Guide
Jun 5, 2012

In my previous blog (link) I wrote about the New Network Platform Architecture and how Juniper is delivering network designs that will enable our customers to optimize their network investments. With these designs Juniper’s goal is to help customers overcome technology limitations so that they can deliver greater efficiency, and increased business value, by leveraging their networks more effectively. To this end Juniper has released the Juniper Networks Horizontal Campus Validated Design Guide.


A Step-by-Step Process

This guide provides a simple, step-by-step process that businesses can use to rapidly deploy a small campus network solution. The deployment in this guide is based on a tested reference topology designed by Juniper that can easily be scaled and adapted to specific customer requirements. This guide is for network administrators who are tasked with designing and deploying a small campus network for a small enterprise who want to complement their understanding of networks, with specific guidelines and configurations from Juniper.

Juniper Networks offers this validated design guide for the campus and branch domain to help customers start building and configuring their own networks. A validated design represents a specific configuration of Juniper Networks hardware and software platforms that has been tested together and represents a reliable foundation on which to base a customized network for a business.


This document presents a sequential construction and configuration of a validated and tested design, so that it can be reproduced with success. The first part of the document describes the network elements used and their operation. It also describes a scheme for a common L2/L3 set of boundaries and network interfaces to be used. The second part of the document contains specific configurations used to create this network.

Validated Design Goals
The validated design is created with the following design objectives:
• Easy to deploy—Consistent deployment approach for all of the products included in the design. The examples must provide reference methodologies and configurations to enable rapid deployment of a resilient network infrastructure.
• Resilient—Simple and robust design, maximizing user productivity by protecting user traffic against unplanned outage.
• Flexible—Flexible design, adapted for modular expansion so that users can scale and adapt the network without requiring extensive changes or forklift upgrades.
• Solid foundation—Easy support for additional technologies (such as video, collaboration, and so on).

Validated Design Benefits
Some of the advantages of the validated design include:
• Modular deployment. Each technology presented here can be deployed independently of the others
• Efficient and cost-effective deployment using a standardized design methodology
• Standardized methodology reduces deployment time
• Reduced number of hardware and software platforms to learn, maintain, and spare
• Highly available, redundant LAN and wireless access for all applications

Who Should Read This Guide
This guide is intended primarily for network designers and administrators who:
• Have a network that supports 1000 or fewer connected employees
• Need wired and wireless access for their employees
• Need a simple, resilient network infrastructure
• Need a high-performance network that can be easily expanded and adapted to support new technologies
• Are system engineers who need a standardized process to design and deploy networks

The Juniper Networks Horizontal Campus Validated Design Guide provides a simple, step-by-step process that businesses can use to rapidly deploy a small campus solution. This example deployment uses the most commonly used enterprise network technologies to provide a simple and scalable network architecture that includes LAN, WLAN, and Security components.


To learn more read the guide here: Juniper Networks Horizontal Campus Validated Design Guide.

Or visit the Campus and Branch New Network page.