I’m proud to share the great news that Juniper Networks has won the MEF 2016 Excellence Award as the winner of Third Network Technology Solutions Multi-Vendor Innovation of the Year! This is the 2nd year in a row that we have won this award! The honor was presented at the MEF Excellence Awards Dinner at the Hilton Baltimore as part of the MEF16 global networking conference last week, which had 1,200+ attendees from service providers, government, analysts, and technology vendors.
Some context if you’re not familiar…
MEF is an industry alliance consisting of nearly 200+ member organizations including 130+ service providers. MEF has been the driving force behind the $80 billion global market for Carrier Ethernet services and technologies. Now it has evolved its mission to be the driving force for enabling agile, assured, and orchestrated Third Network services. The Excellence Awards program is the largest in the world focused on advanced Carrier Ethernet services and emerging Third Network services powered by CE 2.0, LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration), NFV, and SDN networking technologies.
This innovative PoC unifies the MEF’s LSO architecture with dynamic model-driven orchestration and application-aware performance visibility of CPE-cloud NFV –enabled networking capabilities including SD-WAN, virtual security services, along with MEF standardized end-to-end performance management. This PoC showcases a way to achieve MEF’s Third Network Vision by automating service creation, from order-to-cash, across multiple operators, and across physical and virtual network infrastructure, while measuring performance levels and comparing them against service-level guarantees, to provide the differentiating assurance factor of the Third Network versus best-effort Internet.
So, you wonder…what did Juniper contribute in this multi-vendor PoC?
Well, essentially, we contributed our cloud CPE solution. 3 key things specifically:
NFX250 with Contrail Service Orchestration – edge compute platform and orchestration enabling innovative virtualized enterprise services
vSRX – industry leading virtual security VNF offering vFirewall and advanced security services as well as SD-WAN capability
OpenContrail – Open Source VIM (Virtual Infrastructure Management) control maximizing customer’s business value of their network service while optimizing network utility
Watch this interview video to learn more about this award-winning PoC:
“This PoC provides service providers with practical insights on architecture and operational design principles needed to realize the dynamic lifecycle of assure, agile and real-time third-network connectivity and cloud-based services.”