Data Center Technologists
Data Center Technologists
Juniper Unite Cloud: Simplifying Our Customers' Digital Transformation Journey
01.31.17

Customers and businesses are embarking on a journey of digital transformation, taking advantage of technologies like big data, machine learning, mobile, social, IoT, and cloud. As a result, the network infrastructure is more relevant than ever before. After all, a solid network foundation is critical to realizing the benefits of these technologies.

 

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At Juniper, we remain focused on providing the best networking solutions to assist in this transformation. Back In 2015, we introduced Juniper Unite: The Cloud-Enabled Enterprise, with the goal of providing a simple and secure cloud-enabled network infrastructure that simplifies and automates the deployment and coherent management of network devices across the campus, branch, and data center. Over the last couple years, we have introduced distinct new solutions that address a range of customer issues in the campus and branch. And today, we are launching Unite Cloud as part of the Juniper Unite framework, with the objective of delivering simplicity to private/public, hybrid, and multi-cloud deployments.

 

The aim of Unite Cloud is to help IT business leaders reduce Risk, increase Agility, lower Cost, and enhance the Experience of both customers and employees. These four elements represent a RACE that our customers have to win to transition their IT organizations into a competitive differentiator and business growth enabler. The game plan for winning this race requires a cloud-only or cloud-focused strategy, a trusted team or partner, and agile execution.

 

Cloud has become the new IT. Customers both large and small need strategies for leveraging the power of cloud to help them in their digital transformation. While a straight public cloud approach makes sense for small or startup companies, the majority of mid-sized to large businesses have to manage a hybrid or multi-cloud environment that includes multiple private clouds/data centers, multiple public cloud providers (AWS, Azure, Google, etc.), and multiple SaaS providers (Salesforce, SAP, Facebook etc.). This hybrid environment introduces a number of challenges: deciding what app goes where; managing the complexity of bi-modal IT (the co-existence of legacy and cloud-native apps); securing and governing apps and resources; dealing with heterogeneous workloads (apps running on VMs, bare metal servers, or containers); and, most importantly, managing so many moving parts across multiple devices and systems. This is a management nightmare that no IT leader wants to deal with.

 

Juniper Unite Cloud brings simplicity and clarity to this new reality—the hybrid and multi-cloud environment with the goal of providing customers with an automated, self-driving network that unites multiple clouds with coherent network management.

 

The Unite Cloud framework is built on four basic pillars: Security, Automation, Analytics/Machine Learning, and Intent-Based.

 

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  • Security: Juniper’s Software Defined Secure Network (SDSN) solution integrates with Unite Cloud to provide end-to-end visibility and automated, actionable intelligence through a centralized controller. Combining intent-based policies with the ability to deliver detection and enforcement at every single port for comprehensive security throughout the network, SDSN creates a single enforcement domain to thwart security attacks.
  • Automation: Juniper’s Junos® operating system was built from the beginning to allow programmability through third-party tools and applications with the goal of automating network operations. Open API tools like Salt, Ansible, Chef, and Puppet Labs can be used to establish bottoms-up automation, including routine configuration and management of various Juniper devices. Top-down workload orchestration is enabled with the integration of Junos Space Network Director and Junos Space Security Director, along with VMware and OpenStack through open northbound APIs.
  • Analytics and Machine Learning: With the streaming telemetry available in Juniper’s QFX Series switches, MX Series routers, and other devices, customers get real-time visibility into the health of the underlying network infrastructure. Network Director or other third-party tools can be used to analyze the telemetry data for greater insight and overlay-underlay correlation. In the future, Juniper will combine its Contrail software with the Appformix solution (recently acquired by Juniper) to enable machine learning that will predict network behavior and adapt to network changes dynamically.
  • Intent-Based: It’s What not How. With the goal of making networks smarter and self-driving; controller translates user’s high-level intent to specific CLI commands and configures the underlying devices There is also a feedback loop that verifies the implementation and notifies the user if the intended goal is not met. Contrail-Appformix, working in conjunction with QFX Series and MX Series devices, will enable customers to make their networks more dynamic and adaptive through the intent-based solution offering.

These four pillars directly address IT leaders’ top of mind concerns (RACE) as highlighted above. For example, the security pillar addresses the business risk, while automation and analytics/machine learning are key enablers for increasing agility and reducing cost. Intent-based actions along with automation enhance customer and employee experiences.

 

From a competitive standpoint, Juniper’s Unite Cloud is unique in that it offers a complete, standards-based solution (routing, switching, and security) along with a scalable automated fabric capability that provides investment protection and eases the management burden. For customers—whether off-the-shelf commercial buyers with a VMWare solution or more DevOps-type users looking to leverage an OpenStack solution—Juniper Unite Cloud offers a scalable data center solution with common building blocks: the QFX5000 and QFX10000 switching lines. Automated fabrics such as Juniper’s Virtual Chassis Fabric, Junos Fusion, or generic IP fabrics allow our customers to start small and scale up as needed without having to change the underlying components. These fabrics provide the solid networking foundation required for any digital transformation while supporting both legacy and cloud-native applications.

 

That’s not all. Once the private cloud requirements are met, Juniper Unite Cloud enables secure connectivity to the public cloud or SaaS providers through physical and virtual SRX Series firewalls, all of which can be managed from the same Security Director software with the same rules and application profiles.

 

As mentioned earlier, the winning game plan also requires the right team or partner, and Juniper—with 20+ years of innovation and the experience of working with the world’s largest cloud and service providers—can really help our customers plan, build and operate their hybrid and multi-cloud environments. Juniper Professional Services can assess a customer’s current needs and provide a step-by-step guide to help them achieve their goal of digital transformation. Juniper Professional Services can also help accelerate time to market, ease the adoption of complex solutions, minimize risk, and deliver a speedy ROI. Juniper’s JumpStart solutions for Contrail Cloud and Contrail Networking are already available to help customers get started on their journey to hybrid and multi-cloud environments.

 

To get more information on the Juniper Unite Cloud framework, consult the tools available for the following key components:

Juniper Unite Cloud complements the Unite Campus and Unite Branch solutions as part of the broader Unite architecture—the cloud-enabled enterprise. Juniper Unite delivers the industry’s most comprehensive solutions to help our customers build and manage the complex enterprise environments required for digital transformation.