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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.  


The SDN controller is often compared to a centralized brain for the network. It's a good analogy as it illustrates well the interaction between the SDN controller and the network equipment. The comparison also falls a bit short as the brain should not just include a controller but also big-data analytics to help taking decisions.


Complex creatures such as the octopus developed a distributed brain model... how about your network?





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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Virtualized Security: A Great opportunity for Service Providers

by Juniper Employee ‎05-07-2014 07:25 AM - edited ‎05-07-2014 07:29 AM

According to Gartner Group, by 2015 20% of overall VPN / Firewall market will be deployed using virtual infrastructure and 100% of overall IT security product capabilities will be delivered from the cloud. Virtual Security clearly  represents a new opportunity for Service Providers.




Mobile backhaul is a bit like the corporate IT department. When everything is going well, no one remembers it actually exists – when the systems work, no one wants to touch them. However, as IT requires the periodical upgrades, mobile backhaul needs to be regularly upgraded. The demands are similar – ability to cope with the growing demands of new technologies and ensuring top-notch customer experience whilst the usage increases. Additionally, such as IT, MBH can become a competitive disadvantage, if it is not up to date with today’s requirements.


2014 will be in many markets in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) the year of massive end-user take-up of LTE networks. Writing this in Finland, where mobile downlink speeds exceeding 70 Mbit/s and uplink speeds exceeding 10 Mbit/s are common, one can see LTE brings the mobile user experience to a new level. Consequently the requirements for backhaul are also elevated to a new level.


My 2014 predictions for the SDN / NFV space

by Juniper Employee ‎12-18-2013 07:51 AM - edited ‎12-18-2013 07:52 AM


2014 overall, looks quite interesting according to some of the upcoming events: Winter Olympics, FIFA World Cup, skyscrapers, spaceflights, new CEOs...


But what can we expect in the area of SDN / NFV to happen?


Key takeaways from Juniper SDN Keynotes at Broadband World Forum 2013

by Juniper Employee ‎10-28-2013 10:24 AM - edited ‎10-28-2013 10:27 AM

Over the last 20 months, our industry has seen Software Defined Networking (SDN) going from being a hype to become a reality. And, at Broadband World Forum this year, this hasn’t been an exception. It was almost impossible to attend any session where SDN wasn’t mentioned: SDN for ultra-broadband networks, SDN in the Cloud, SDN everywhere…


I'm blogging live from Broadband World Forum where there is a lot going on. What's catching my interest this year is a sense of renewed optimism by network operators that the network has the potential to become an intelligent asset and this gives rise to new service and revenue opportunities. I dropped into one panel session that tackled this head on and my take-aways are below.


Peering and Video Games - Heading to European Peering Forum

by Juniper Employee ‎08-28-2013 01:55 AM - edited ‎09-09-2013 07:53 AM

A few weeks ago I was listening to a conversation between two teenagers, discussing the advantages of   the ping times of their internet connections to be better positioned for their multiplayer online video games. This will help me to explain to my friends what my trip to Iceland is about.


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