Today, we announced the next big step that Juniper Networks is taking in pursuit of a simpler IT experience. With our planned acquisition of Mist Systems, we are not only expanding our enterprise portfolio into the wireless arena, but also staking claim to AI-driven operations in the era of multicloud.
Imagine playing an immersive VR video game on your cell phone with friends around the world, in real time, with zero delays, while traveling in a self-driving car. It’s not that far-fetched: this is just one of the many possible scenarios that the future holds with the emergence of 5G. The potential pace, scale and economic growth enabled by 5G will result in another technology revolution that will transform humanity as we know it.
If you think that’s hyperbole, let’s take a look at how previous generations of mobility have affected our lives. First-generation (1G) mobility liberated us from being tethered to a fixed location like a telephone booth. Second-generation (2G) mobility introduced technologies like short message service (SMS) allowing us to communicate via text while on the move. Third-generation (3G) mobility, much like 1G, freed internet access from the shackles of a fixed location, propelling us into the mobile internet age. And fourth-generation (4G) mobility, also known as LTE, saw 3G mature into a vital enabler of the global, digital economy. If 4G matured mobility into adulthood, what new groundbreaking innovations will 5G unlock for mankind?
Multicloud has changed the world, and as much as the transition is impacting the inside of the modern data center, it is reshaping the networks between them. In championing the migration to multicloud through 2018, Juniper Networks saw growing momentum for our Contrail Enterprise Multicloud and Contrail SD-WAN solutions. Given the heavy focus in the industry on automation and overlay (commonly known as SD-WAN), the underlying network (commonly known as Enterprise WAN) is often overlooked. Juniper has been delivering solutions for Enterprise WAN across private and leased networks that enables a secure, reliable and scalable network underneath SD-WAN.