With the growing interest in SDN/NFV, it is becoming increasingly important that management systems are able to manage multi-vendor networks. So, how does Junos Space handle services in a multi-vendor environment?
My connected alarm clock (no joke – it’s tethered to the national atomic clock) blared at 6 am this morning and amid me coming to my senses, I was immediately reminded that today is none other than Internet of Things day. No, it doesn’t quite have the cache of St Patrick’s Day or Dia de la Muertos, but the way things are getting connected these days, it’s soon to have the largest pool of participants (some 50 billion “things” could soon have new life through an Internet connection, if estimates are to be believed). And, hey, I sell networks for a living, so today happens to have a special place in my heart.
I speak with Juniper service provider customers around the world. Talking abstractly about the benefits of automation and network intelligence works for the techies, but for product marketing folks, it can be difficult to translate the value of an agile IP platform into new services for customers.
There is a lot of talk about services these days. In the context of network deployments, we use the term “services” loosely to refer to a variety of network functions – from a simple point-to-point link between network endpoints to a complex application such as a load balancer or a firewall that is deployed in a network node. So, when we talk of service management we could be referring to a broad spectrum of services or functions. Let’s try to get some clarity on services types and identify Juniper’s product portfolio for managing them.
Today, Juniper Networks announced several additions to its ACX Series Universal Access Routing portfolio, delivering a series of new platforms that service providers need as they look to address the coverage and capacity challenges that the addition of small cells have introduced in their RAN.