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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. 

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The Zero-Down Time DC Migration. You Can Do It, Too

by Juniper Employee ‎01-15-2015 03:04 AM - edited ‎01-15-2015 03:06 AM

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.

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After getting this comment a few times from people it made me wonder. Why not fix it? If everything works fine, how do you make sure it keeps working fine?  As a network integrator, service provider or end user it is a good thing, of course, that when nothing is broken you have no escalations and your customer satisfaction is probably high, but you also have a lot less interaction with your high level contacts in your end user community.

 

At a certain point when something does fail, then you do have to fix it. What are then the costs of fixing, both for yourself as well as for your end user? The network may even be down. You will have attention at a high level, just not the attention you wanted. So for you, your end-users, and for Juniper Networks, too, it would make sense to involve the services organization even when things are going well. Is all of the hardware and software still supported? Are there any potential capacity issues on the horizon? If you do have a malfunction, is there enough redundancy? Juniper with their partners are capable of delivering all necessary services needed to keep customer satisfaction up and even improve it when it is already high.

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Any IT & networking project follows three well-known stages: Plan, Build and Operate. Certain projects are part of the day-to-day activity of many organizations: adding a new rack of servers in a data-center, upgrading a cell-site to 4G or provisioning a new VPN in a network. The building phase of a new platform like SDN/NFV,  is not something you can take much risk.

 

           

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Did you watch the Olympics or the Paralympics last year? Was it on TV or over the internet?  Or both?  Either way, a lot of what you saw went from one Internet service provider to another (and perhaps through several) before it got to you.  Probably the very first junction point your traffic hit was the London Internet Exchange (LINX). And that is where Juniper played a big part in making sure the images from the Games made it into your home.

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