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20 Years of Networking Innovation on a USB stick

by Juniper Employee ‎11-19-2014 12:39 AM - edited ‎11-19-2014 06:18 AM

I was lucky enough to be one of the people attending the Juniper Networks Launch Event on the 6th November 2014 in London at which we announced key new enhancements to the portfolio, including the Virtual MX Router, the worlds’ first carrier grade virtual router and Contrail Cloud, a reference architecture for NFV deployments.


As I sat listening to both Juniper and non-juniper people present, I started thinking about how you could represent what we were saying and launching within the 140 character limits of twitter, which as always forces you to summarise!


In the end, the tweet I sent out was the following and for me it helped summarise for me, what in my career at Juniper I have seen us do time and time again, we bring the future into focus.


Juniper networks recently announced our production ready SDN solution – Juniper Networks Contrail. There is some great material on line that explains why Contrail makes it easy to connect clouds and the virtualized resources within them and I point you to where you can find them. But, if you are travelling to BroadBand World Forum, you also have the opportunity to meet our experts for either a private face to face meeting or as part of one of our series of SDN workshops. All the details are in this blog.


If we are serious about the “end-to-end” mobile customer experience then deploying LTE without future-proofing the core, backhaul and security will lead to problems later. In a recent Buyer Case Study, IDC do a great job of highlighting some of the challenges faced by mobile operators as they move to all-IP networks. They also take us through how one operator managed this transition. I touch on some of the key points in this blog but I also point you to where you can download the IDC paper for free.    


What draws people to SDN? Is it the need to solve issues or as an enabler to exploit opportunities? Maybe it's both. Whatever your opinion it's clear our industry has yet to reach consensus. That's why collaboration between mobile network operators and vendors is essential. Juniper's VIP Forum in Amsterdam was a great example and it's been a long time since I enjoyed such an open and free ranging exchange of views. I want to give you a flavour of this in my blog.


As the Christmas lights go on and Christmas Carol’s begin to fill the air, what better time to look forward to the year ahead and pick out a few key trends that may have an impact on our industry.


Despite the plethora and variety of products and solutions out there, in many ways technology developments, whether in networking or applications tend to follow a pretty well worn path from hype to religion to reality.


2013 will be a year where in a number of areas we will see key transitions along that path that end users should be on the lookout for and figuring out what conclusions and actions to draw from the claims, noise and reality on offer.




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