Enterprise IT is moving away from acting as siloed service organizations to aligning with the business’ goals to help their organizations enhance their business agility, value and customer experience. Many of these organizations are moving to a cloud computing model to achieve these goals, but they haven’t determined the best strategy for making this transition. Transitioning to the cloud will help these organizations accelerate innovation and business agility by emphasizing a number of important factors. Adaptability is one. Seamless scale, both upward and downward, is another. Network intelligence that will provide proactive resource optimization is a third.
At Juniper, we believe that networks should be open. Vendors shouldn’t lock their customers into propriety architectures.
The way we see it, evolution shouldn't have to hurt. You should have the freedom to start with one architecture and then migrate to another over time as your needs change. This should be an easy process, with no hidden costs or restrictions.
Organizations are rolling out new applications that they use to drive the business. These applications are virtualized. They are increasingly distributed, dynamic and they can span locations. They connect employees, customers and the supply chain. They make employees more productive, help customers to engage with the business and facilitate better inventory management. They also provide timely business intelligence. This means revenue to the organization. Time to deploy is critical. Organizations need to be agile when it comes to deploying new applications.
If your organization is going through a data center transformation project you are probably looking at your options for switching infrastructure. As you design your network to support the move to virtualized compute infrastructure and the roll out of new application deployments the choice of switching infrastructure becomes a critical decision. One of the most versatile switching platforms on the market is Juniper’s QFX Series 10GbE/40GbE devices. I’ve had the opportunity to talk with many of our customers about the projects that they are using the QFX switches for and why they chose it over the other options in the market. I’d like to share these examples with you.
A number of trends—including the consumerization of IT, cloud computing, and social media— present significant opportunities for businesses to improve productivity. Before adopting these technologies, however, organizations try to fully understand the impact they will have on the underlying infrastructure and, more specifically, the network environment, since it is a critical enabler for all of these services. As a result organizations are looking to innovation in the network to meet their business needs.
The importance of the network continues to grow and innovation in the network needs to support new businesses models, and drive social and economic change. SDN is about adding value and solving a problem that has not been solved. SDN will help address challenges currently faced by the network as it evolves to support business applications. It is worthwhile to step back and determine what the big-picture problem is to be solved. It is about helping network operators to combine best-of-breed networking equipment with SDN control to facilitate cost effective networks that provide new business opportunities. This is key to Juniper’s strategy. I’d like to elaborate on a few key points.