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Speeds and Feeds are Boring - Until You Have Service Downtime

by Juniper Employee ‎05-17-2017 05:34 AM - edited ‎05-19-2017 07:38 AM

For most people speeds and feeds are boring.

 

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)?

 

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Speeds and feeds may be boring for most people, but they are essential and must not be overlooked. 

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In this third blog of the series on networking essentials for the future (Automated, Open, Secure, and High Performance), I look at the necessity of being secure.

 

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Most businesses have come to know that they need to keep data and systems secure. So why is cybersecurity such a hot topic right now?

 

In my view, it is due to the increased value of data and the consequent risk from it being exposed.

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Everyone Loves Open, But What I Really Want is Choice

by Juniper Employee ‎05-17-2017 05:33 AM - edited ‎05-19-2017 07:41 AM

In this second blog of the series on the network essentials for the future (Automated, Open, Secure, and High Performance), I take a look at Open.

 

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There are many benefits of an open network, but they all come down to enabling great choice of technology for enterprises.

 

No single technology supplier will ever meet all of your enterprise requirements. Every business uses a multi-vendor approach and the only way for this to be successful is to embrace an open approach whenever possible, so that diverse technologies can work together effectively and easily.

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The history of IT is closely aligned with automation, from the early computers such as the Enigma Machine to the latest machine learning tools enabling use cases such as automated cancer diagnosis. All of these take tasks that a human can do, but by automating them, it allows people to focus upon higher value work.

 

If we look at networking, automation is at the heart of many recent trends such as SDN (i.e. automating network control) and NFV (i.e. automating the delivery of specific functions which used to be run on dedicated appliances).

 

But, automation is not the only essential within a network.

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This morning while driving to work I started thinking about how Apple’s iPhone had captured the mobile market and displaced former leaders like Nokia and Blackberry. A similar analogy is how Netflix displaced top video rental stores like Blockbuster.  Both these companies have one thing in common: their ability to innovate. How did they manage to innovate?

 

Innovation comes from within. When employees start thinking about strategic business problems and work to find ways in solving those problems, that’s when magic happens. If there’s something we can learn from history, it’s that we need to innovate to stay relevant. Digital Cohesion ushers in an era of innovation and possibilities. But to truly embrace it organizations need to ensure that their IT workforce is working on new things and not spending their time in just keeping lights on. How do you free your resources and encourage your IT workforce to innovate?

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Juniper scores a 100% pass rate for automation

by Juniper Employee ‎11-03-2016 05:47 AM - edited ‎12-20-2016 12:56 PM

In a recent blog, the respected (and independent) industry veteran Ivan Pepelnjak summarised his requirements for automation that he’d include in a RFP. He identified 8 specific areas:

 

  • On-device APIs to read / write configuration and operational data
  • Structured operational data for easy analysis
  • Structured device config data for easy analysis
  • Atomic config changes to avoid partial updates
  • Config rollback to minimise risk
  • Full config replace that makes templates easy to use
  • Config difference analysis to simplify manual approvals
  • Industry standard data models for configurations

 

For each of the areas he summarized his view on how Juniper and some other vendors performed against these requirements. I was glad to see that Juniper scored 100%, the only vendor to do so.

 

How did other vendors do? Take a look at his blog here for more details

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Automation with SDN/NFV: go all in, or do something else

by Juniper Employee ‎11-11-2015 11:14 AM - edited ‎11-11-2015 11:48 AM

Any non-US citizen who’s visited the US will have experienced the “pleasure” of US immigration and the long wait to get your passport stamped. When I arrived at JFK airport this week I was happy to get access to the new Automated Passport Control machines that check your passport, fingerprints and take your picture. However, this delight was soon dealt a crushing blow. After leaving the machine, I realised that there was then a manual process to check that I looked like my passport picture and to get my passport stamped. Unfortunately, there was 35 minute wait for this final manual check.

 

My experience had illustrated how automation can be useless, and even a negative impact, unless 100% of the process is automated.

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The Business Case for…

Automating your network (aka ‘doing more, with less…’)

 

I’m often asked about ‘Digital Transformation’ and what it means. So while there are many ways to define it, there is one universal truth - that many organisations operating in the digital economy now have to react to change and innovate faster than ever before.

 

Equally, during these conversations, I’m struck by the extent to which the online economy continues to exert pressure across every aspect of the business, forcing change on almost every level. And fuelling this change, in an always connected/always available world, is sky-high customer expectation, meaning that today’s commercial imperative is not only focused on keeping up with market forces, but finding ways to stay ahead of them.

 

So when looking across this new economic landscape and the many opportunities it presents, it’s clear the entire organisation has to evolve with it. Businesses need to act and adapt to rapidly changing market conditions and the challenges they bring. And whether it’s an enterprise or SMB, a public sector organisation or service provider, transforming into a fast-moving digital business is a journey many organisations have already begun, while many have yet to start.

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The Emerging Moral Obligation You Have to People Like My Mum

by Juniper Employee ‎11-13-2014 06:00 AM - edited ‎11-13-2014 06:02 AM

We are all familiar with performance standards such as five-nines. But in our world of interconnectedness real people with real emotions are dependent on what we do day in and day out. In this article I explore the emerging moral obligation the technology world has to these "real" people.

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Without the invention and innovation of humans where would we be? But we, as humans, can also be a liability and nowhere is this more obvious than in the complex networks so crucial to our everyday lives. But, as complexity increases, there is a way to exploit the power of the human mind and overcome the frailty of human nature when it comes to repetative high volume low-end yet critical tasks. If you want to skip this blog and find out more you can directly download a two-sides of A4 paper that will tell you more. Alternatively, read on ............ 

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