PTX5000"The testament of a great engineering company is to never back down from the world’s hardest problems." —Juniper Networks founder Pradeep Sindhu...Juniper engineers had the foresight to imbue the PTX5000 with the ability to seamlessly upgrade from 100GbE to 400GbE by simply swapping a PIC on the current 3 Tbps generation line cards. The Verizon proof of concept offered the Juniper engineers a platform for demonstrating their prescience and their ability to solve hard, complex problems before anyone else knew they even existed.
The recent AWS re:Invent 2017 show in Las Vegas is best described as an “all-you-can-consume” tech innovation/information buffet spread over five days and shared with more than 50,000 like-minded attendees. From artificial intelligence (AI), IOT, and voice Interfaces to gaming, AR/VR, and compute, storage, networking, and security, they had it all.
If I said that big projects have a lifecycle, I’m sure you wouldn’t be surprised. It is pretty obvious that there are various phases to a big project: regardless of the terms you use, “getting ready” is certainly a different phase from “making it happen” which is different yet again from “using it”. Here at Juniper we use the terms “Plan,” “Build,” and “Operate” for the main phases. I have put together a short video that uses the Hubble Space Telescope as an example of the importance of each of those phases. Juniper Networks can provide you with Professional Services and support consultants to assist you in the planning, building, and operation of your project.
Here’s a hypothetical situation for you. Let’s say you run a hosting company. And naturally you want to grow. Fast. More customers, more connections, more cloud. You want to differentiate yourself by offering the greatest possible flexibility and security, whilst guaranteeing data privacy for your customers. This was not a hypothetical situation for SW Hosting. This dynamic young company based in Spain was poised to grow. After analyzing the market they knew that a Juniper Networks MetaFabric Architecture was what they needed from a technical standpoint, but there were still lots of questions about how to actually go about doing it. So they turned to Juniper Networks Professional Services to provide the skills and resources to work with their own engineers towards a single goal: the success of the project.
Chaos is often the friend of store owners - it generates hype, a frenzy, free publicity, all of which can lead to more sales. And what's more, their customers are often willing to put up with this inconvenience if they percieve they get a better deal. But that doesn't translate to networks. Customers want assured access and reliable services whilst service providers want to manage demand in an orderly way. In this blog I contrast the chaos of Black Friday with the order desired by network providers and look at an approach to adopting virtualisation as a means of restoring order.