The mobile industry, like most telecom industries, is faced with the celebratory exuberance of overwhelmingly successful data services (now ecliping voice revenues), coupled with the hangover of how to manage, operate and pay for a network to deliver what customers expect.
Efficiencies – in terms of operations, resources and even time (agility), are critical for service provides to remain profitable in this environment.
One thing is clear: the status quo for building, running and evolving network functions is unsustainable. The holistic ‘cost’, in terms of people, time, and expense, is just too high.
Combine explosive data growth with an ever widening array of devices, and a new model is needed.
Virtualization to the rescue –
The hottest topic in networks these days is virtualization. Still in the hype cycle, virtualization (and NFV and SDN) can still solve every problem that ails the industry.
At Juniper, we’re taking pragmatic steps to enable a smooth transition to a virtualized network infrastructure. Last month, Juniper introduces a trio of new products to ease the transition to a virtualized world.
First – adding hooks for IT devop tools like Puppet, Chef and Ansibel into the physical router and switching products. Why switch tools to configure physical resources and virtual elements, do it all from the same tool.
Second – Contrail Cloud is a turn-key OpenStack-based NFV DC platform designed for network departments to get started with virtualization quickly. Built with the service provider in mind, Cloud Cloud is a standard OpenStack distribution with Contrail pre-integrated, along with storage and compute, and additional HA components to ensure a ‘telco grade’ cloud platform.
Third – is a software distribution of Juniper’s flagship MX router. The vMX product offers exactly the same functionality as the hardware version, with vJunos and vTrio running on an x86 architecture platform, but with dramatically more agility and low-end scalability. Want to add a router to the cell site – spin up a vMX on a standard x86 platform. Need a distributed NFV platform at the service edge – spin up a whole Contrail Cloud stack with vMX in a matter of minutes. Need to isolate access network suppliers with unique transport requirements, instantiate a vMX per vendor.
Juniper is pragmatically inserting virtualization into the existing network to help mobile providers address the twin needs of lowering costs while increasing service velocity. Now let's get started!