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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Juniper's Latest SDN Offerings Cater To Service Providers


Juniper Networks announced the expansion of its software defined networking (SDN) program with new hardware and software designed to help communication service providers (CSPs) accelerate service creation and network utilization. The products and services announced at the Mobile World Congress yesterday are also designed to help carriers reduce both capital expenditure and operational spending.
Due to a flood of data from cloud computing, mobile and internet connected devices, and high definition video streaming, CSPs are struggling to stay profitable and are looking for ways to lower operational costs.
Juniper Networks will expand on its SDN portfolio to help service providers build high-IQ networks and cloud environments. The networks are designed to be secure, automated, and scalable, enabling rapid provisioning based on actionable intelligence. The solutions from Juniper would also help carriers address future needs as additional traffic demands increase.
Juniper is offering Juno Fusion, an automation tool designed to control thousands of both Juniper and independent network elements from a single management plane. According to Juniper, this software will reduce network complexity and operational costs by collapsing the underlying transport elements (microwave, mobile, optical, etc.) into a single point of control from the Juniper Networks MX Series or PTX Series routing platform. Junos Fusion will be available in the second quarter of 2014.
Juniper is also unveiling its Juniper Networks NorthStar Controller that will leverage open industry standard protocols. Based on operator defined performance and cost requirements, the NorthStar Controller will automate the process of identifying and programming optimal paths within multi-vendor networks. Service providers will avoid over provisioning and better support mobile and cloud traffic.
The NorthStar Controller integrates WANDL technology and includes intelligent analytics and modeling capabilities to enhance the performance and cost-effectiveness of an operator's network infrastructure.
Juniper is also introducing a 1TB line card adding further scale to the PTX series router. The new line card doubles the PTX router's per-slot capacity to provide operators with more usable per-path bandwidth. This card will be available in the second quarter of 2014.
To create value for CSPs, providers can use the new Junos Video Focus, Junos Subscriber Aware, Junos Application Aware and Junos Policy Control products available on the MX Series routers and allow operators to use the MX in the Gi-LAN as a Service Control Gateway (SCG). This will allow service providers to customize services based on both who is using the network as well as what they are using it for. The SCG functions will be available in mid-2014.
Juniper Networks will provide professional service to help customers move to these highly customizable networks. No information was provided regarding the cost of the new products.

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