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Automating your network (aka ‘doing more, with less…’)

 

I’m often asked about ‘Digital Transformation’ and what it means. So while there are many ways to define it, there is one universal truth - that many organisations operating in the digital economy now have to react to change and innovate faster than ever before.

 

Equally, during these conversations, I’m struck by the extent to which the online economy continues to exert pressure across every aspect of the business, forcing change on almost every level. And fuelling this change, in an always connected/always available world, is sky-high customer expectation, meaning that today’s commercial imperative is not only focused on keeping up with market forces, but finding ways to stay ahead of them.

 

So when looking across this new economic landscape and the many opportunities it presents, it’s clear the entire organisation has to evolve with it. Businesses need to act and adapt to rapidly changing market conditions and the challenges they bring. And whether it’s an enterprise or SMB, a public sector organisation or service provider, transforming into a fast-moving digital business is a journey many organisations have already begun, while many have yet to start.

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Juniper Networks Live Demo's at MPLS & SDN World Congress

by Juniper Employee ‎03-16-2015 03:04 AM - edited ‎03-16-2015 03:10 AM

The time of SDN/NFV hype is past. Sure, you will still come across exaggerated claims that the cure to all your networking challenges is just a click away but the nature of the conversation has fundamentally changed. It's now grounded in fact; no longer does it reside in that other virtual world - namely PowerPoint. It's now a regular occurrence to hear of a service provider publishing news of a virtualisation strategy or an agreement to embark on a trial.

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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.  

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Juniper Networks Announces Virtual MX

by Juniper Employee ‎11-14-2014 11:25 AM - edited ‎11-17-2014 04:49 AM

On Thursday 6th November 2014, Juniper Networks launched the virtual MX (vMX) router. The vMX is a Virtualised Network Function (VNF) that has been developed directly from the software that runs on the Juniper Networks MX router. As a result, the vMX benefits from the extensive feature set, which has been developed on the MX over a seven-year period, contributing to making it the world’s first full-featured virtualized carrier-class router.

 

The vMX complements the existing MX product line. The MX portfolio includes the 80 Terabit MX2020 Router, supporting multiple 100 GE interfaces, to the much smaller (8.9 cm high) 80 Gigabits MX5 optimised for lower density 1 GE and 10 GE solutions.

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This is a guest blog post. Views expressed in this post are original thoughts posted by Stuart Bates, Product Manager – Network Innovation, Imtech ICT. These views are his own and in no way do they represent the views of the company he works for.

 

Over the last few years I have seen many of my customers transform their IT and businesses, as they grappled with emerging technologies, namely virtualisation and cloud. These concepts quickly moved from ideas to reality and I made some notes along the way. The lessons learnt from cloud and virtualisation can be applied to the latest technology trends in our industry and Part 2 of my blog will specifically apply these learnings to Software Defined Networks (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV). But first:

 

Lessons from Virtualisation and Cloud

 

1) Not everything is worth virtualising

 

Anywhere between 50% and 70% of all workloads today are virtualised, but that still leaves a large amount that are not. Often these are legacy applications that are not worth the hassle of virtualising, but many applications with high throughput or processing demands run better or need to be run on bare metal servers.

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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.

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