Verizon recently launched its multi-services edge (MSE), with Juniper playing an instrumental role in this groundbreaking new platform. Verizon’s MSE is SDN (software-defined networking) in action: it essentially “cloudifies” the network with an overlay of software control so that Verizon can operate the network more efficiently and respond to changes in the marketplace much faster. Juniper has applied its deep software expertise to provide disaggregation, automation, and virtualization to help bring Verizon’s new network architecture to market quickly, enabling Verizon to serve the rapidly evolving needs of their customers.
There’s lots of buzz in the industry around automation and APIs on networking platforms, especially to enable software defined networking for enterprises. While such enhancements would be great for organizations with large operations teams, they aren’t much help for most enterprises that have limited IT budgets. Many enterprises are looking for campus network solutions that self-manage without the need for extensive in-house automation capabilities.
Maintaining, monitoring, auditing, troubleshooting, and fixing networks today is a difficult, manual, and cumbersome task that requires complex programming and management skills. Like a doctor diagnosing a patient’s ailments after he or she is sick, corporate IT teams find themselves reacting to network issues rather than anticipating and predicting problems before they can do any real damage.
More than ever, network automation has become a priority that many forward-looking service providers and enterprise alike are aggressively pursuing. Even the leading web companies such as Google, Amazon, and Facebook are preemptively transforming existing infrastructure while they still hold a market-leading position, constantly innovating themselves to stay ahead.
You may be thinking that that’s a bold statement from someone at Juniper Networks – a company built upon high performance routing. So, why did I include High Performance in the four network essentials for the future (Automated, Open, Secure, and High Performance)?