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Disruption is often a challenge to large incumbent businesses, but the change also brings huge opportunities for new businesses. Within this context, SDN and NFV provide a massive opportunity for small service providers to step up and become a global super power. But how may this happen?

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The IT department of an expanding company normally has a well-documented procedure that describes all the tasks that involves opening a new branch. Getting the SP to setup the VPN may take several weeks.

 

With virtualizaiton and Automation this time can be reduced enormously. 

 

 

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Service Providers: SDN and NFV an opportunity to innovate

by Juniper Employee ‎07-08-2014 05:01 AM - edited ‎07-15-2014 02:56 AM

In a recent event with press and analysts, hosted by Juniper, together with my colleague Nigel Oakley, I had the opportunity to discuss the state of the art SDN and NFV. During the workshop, we had the opportunity to describe the impact that virtualization has in the networking technology as well as the importance of SDN and NFV for the Service Provider strategy.

 

                                                                       

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At the recent Hackinthebox security conference in Amsterdam, Dutch duo Stephen Kho and Rob Kuiters – who work for the Chief Information Security Office (CISO) team within the Netherlands largest telecommunications provider KPN – revealed that a significant percentage of nodes within the global set of GRX hub networks were accessible from the internet, and some of those were found to have applications running which exposed critical vulnerabilities. 

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SDN & NFV Webinar Series by Juniper

by Juniper Employee ‎05-14-2014 07:41 AM - edited ‎07-08-2014 05:30 AM

I’m glad to announce the upcoming SDN and NFV Webinar Series hosted at the newly created Juniper Networks Service Provider Channel at BrightTalk.

Don't miss it!

 

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CDN (Content Delivery Networks) is a mature technology and business in our industry. Since Akamai launched the Web Caching CDN service back in 1999 the technology evolved in parallel to the fast growing content, especially video. Nowadays, CDN market consists of two groups, the CDN pure players (Akamai is leading this one), the Telco CDN.

 

This blog covers how SDN/NFV improves CDN deployments for Service Providers.

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Network Function Visualisation (NFV) and Software Defined Networking (SDN) are the hottest topics in networking at the moment. Large service providers such as Telefoncia and AT&T are embracing NFV as a way to roll back the build-up of proprietary appliance and instead rely upon off the shelf x86 servers running virtualised network applications. These can then be chained together using centralised controllers such as Contrail. This vision is certainly the correct way for the industry to evolve, but it will present more challenges than many anticipate.

 

In particular there has been very little attention paid to the choice of x86 servers that would be used to host NFV functions. The networking community often just sees this as a compute and storage cloud that will deliver whatever is required. It is not that simple.

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Using the lost art of pricing to fight back against OTT

by Juniper Employee ‎03-13-2014 07:19 AM - edited ‎03-13-2014 08:42 AM

The downwards pressure on service providers margins and the challenges they face from over the top (OTT) players getting a ‘free ride’ on their networks are well discussed within the industry. Much of the discussion focuses around how service providers can deliver new services or take the OTT players head on. However, they may be ignoring one traditional tool in their arsenal – price discrimination.

 

Price discrimination: “the action of selling the same product at different prices to different buyers, in order to maximize sales and profits”

 

In the old voice dominated world service providers still saw ‘OTT services’ delivering high value, yet they managed to extract value with price discrimination. For example, businesses relied upon voice communications to work remotely and close deals. How did service providers extract additional value from here? They did it by charging more during business hours, and even more for international phone calls (even after the international network costs). They still do this for roaming with mobile services – at least for now until the European Commission have finished abolishing them.

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I contend that MSPs, consumers and third party services providers such as banks take mobile network security for granted. I really don’t think any segment has fully thought through the implications for them, their brand, their ability to win new business, or the safety of personal information and all that implies. A new white paper by the Juniper team takes a look at some of the underlying causes and effect. My blog calls out some of the highlights and also gives you a link to download the white paper.   

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Is your Organization Structured to Make the Most of SDN and NFV?

by Juniper Employee ‎10-17-2013 12:49 AM - edited ‎10-17-2013 02:45 AM

SDN and NFV have got technologists involved in some pretty heavy debates; for example is it hype or will it enable service providers to develop new business models? But one area of discussion stretches beyond the boundaries of technologists. Will SDN/NFV change the organizational structure of service providers? I caught up with Brian Levy and David Noguer Bau and asked them to share some of the discussions they’ve been having with service providers.

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