Showing posts with label Juniper. Show all posts
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Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Juniper's new 25.6 Tbps data center switch matched with Apstra automation

Juniper Networks unveiled its QFX5700 Series Switch, a midsize, 25.6 Tbps chassis-based system on Broadcom Trident 4 programmable merchant silicon.

The 5RU platform supports a mix of 10G/25G/40G/50G, 100G, 200G and 400G line cards supporting a variety of interfaces, all available with inline MACsec/IPsec. The QFX5700 is aimed at a variety of data center use cases, including those migrating to 100G/400G.

Michael Bushong, VP of Data Center Product Management at Juniper Networks, says the company is evolving its solution portfolio around the Apstra intelligence with the goal of connecting the elements of the data center into an intent-based, self-driving system. The idea is to leverage Apstra blueprints and telemetry to identify when a task needs to be invoked, how it should best be executed and whether it accomplished the desired intent. The company reports a strong uptake in Apstra deployments since acquiring the company earlier this year.

https://blogs.juniper.net/en-us/enterprise-cloud-and-transformation/juniper-networks-advances-data-center-operations-with-next-generation-modular-switch

Juniper completes Apstra acquisition

Juniper Networks completed its previously-announced acquisition of Apstra, a leader in intent-based networking and automated closed-loop assurance. 

The Apstra team is now part of Juniper’s Data Center business and Apstra CEO and co-founder, David Cheriton, joins Juniper as Chief Data Center Scientist.

Apstra offers an intent-based network operating system for simplifying the management of data center networks. Intent-Based Networking (IBN) is a closed-loop, continuous validation approach to designing, deploying and managing infrastructure. Apstra automatically generates and deploys full configuration of all devices based on a service description, and continuously provides assurance checks between the intended and operational state. Apstra’s multivendor integrations extend its closed loop automation and analytics to customers independently of their underlying infrastructure, including those running SONiC (Software for Open Networking in the Cloud). 

Juniper said the acquisition expands its commitment to open programmability, adding to its portfolio of solutions that includes powerful switching platforms with native SONiC integration and a deployment-hardened, cloud-native routing stack for the SONiC ecosystem.


Thursday, September 23, 2021

Telefónica chooses IBM, Red Hat, Juniper for UNICA Next 5G core

Telefónica will use IBM intelligent automation software and services to implement UNICA Next – Telefónica's first-ever, cloud-native, 5G core network platform.

Specifically, Telefónica has engaged IBM Global Business Services, a leading systems integrator and the digital transformation services and consultancy arm of IBM, Red Hat and Juniper networking to deploy the cloud-native platform. The platform is planned to be a new open-standard open-networking technology compliant platform that will be deployed across multiple central, regional, and distributed data centers offering low latency and high bandwidth, while able to deliver services in an agile manner. UNICA Next data centers are planned to be deployed starting in October 2021 and its scalable architecture is designed to address ETSI and other relevant industry standards.


The new network is built on IBM Cloud Pak for Network Automation, Red Hat OpenShift, and Juniper Networks Apstra and QFX technology aligned to deliver streamlined end-to-end orchestration and operations. 

IBM says the integration of its automation software  with UNICA Next allows for intent-driven orchestration supporting the end-to-end lifecycle management of different network cloud elements and network functions, including 5G core. 


"Building out the UNICA Next platform with its next-generation network architecture shows how important it is to build the infrastructure now to support the deployment of 5G. 5G has the potential to support thousands of use cases and applications for consumers and enterprises in all industries. Our collaboration will not only help us to harness the potential of 5G, but also prepare for the future through a hybrid-cloud led technology and business transformation. With IBM, Telefónica is combining the latency and bandwidth advancements of 5G with the customization and intelligence of the cloud: we anticipate the results will be transformative in Europe and beyond," said Javier Gutierrez, director of strategy, network, and IT development for Telefónica.

https://newsroom.ibm.com/2021-09-23-Telefonica-Chooses-IBM-To-Implement-Its-First-Ever-Cloud-Native-5G-Core-Network-Platform

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Juniper enhances its AI-driven enterprise portfolio

Juniper Networks announced enhancements to the Juniper Mist cloud and AI engine, which include EVPN-VXLAN campus fabric management and additional Marvis Actions for proactive problem remediation. The new features within the AI-driven enterprise portfolio that enable customers to scale and simplify the rollout of their campus wired and wireless networks while bringing greater insight and automation to network operators.


The latest additions to Juniper’s AI-driven enterprise include:

AI-driven campus fabric management via the Juniper Mist Cloud: By enabling EVPN-VXLAN campus fabric management via the Juniper Mist Wired Assurance cloud service, Juniper offers the ability to simplify wired, wireless and WAN via a common cloud and AIOps engine. Juniper EVPN-VXLAN fabric leverages the same Juniper platform used to manage wired access in the campus, Juniper Mist Wired Assurance and the Marvis Virtual Network Assistant (VNA), bringing IT administrators unparalleled automation, insight and troubleshooting. The Juniper Mist Cloud empowers administrators to choose a topology, define networks of interest, identify required physical connections and apply the correct underlying policies in a seamless fashion. In addition, the Juniper Mist solution enables customers to leverage a common operational schema across LAN, WLAN and WAN environments, a key part of the Juniper client-to-cloud differentiation.

New Marvis Actions that provide deeper insight for faster problem remediation: Marvis Actions takes insight derived from the Mist AI engine, such as the root cause of a problem, and delivers actionable recommendations for IT managers via a simple dashboard. Additional actions have been added to the Marvis VNA software subscription to detect and correct even more wired/wireless/WAN issues, such as persistently failing wired/wireless clients, bad cables, access point (AP) coverage holes, bad WAN links and insufficient RF capacity, among others.

“Juniper is committed to Experience-First Networking, where our enterprise solutions leverage proactive automation, assured user experiences, agile cloud services and connected security to deliver the best end-user and operator experiences from client-to-cloud,” said Jeff Aaron, Vice President of Enterprise Marketing at Juniper. “In the campus and branch, this means leveraging AIOps, driven by Mist AI and the cloud to maximize user productivity and efficiency while minimizing IT costs through simplified operations and prescriptive insights. Today, we are excited to accelerate in these areas – and further distance ourselves from the competition – with new enhancements to our Juniper Mist Wired Assurance, Wireless Assurance and Marvis Virtual Network Assistant (VNA) cloud services that make it even easier to deploy, operate and troubleshoot campus networks at scale.”

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Juniper integrates RAN Intelligent Controller with Intel FlexRAN

Juniper Networks is collaborating with Intel to accelerate advancement in the Open RAN (ORAN) ecosystem. The collaboration includes:

  • Juniper RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC) and Intel FlexRAN platform are pre-integrated and pre-validated to enhance usability of a full ORAN-compliant Intelligent RAN system
  • Collaborative R&D work with Intel Labs for RIC platform-specific apps to improve customer experience, maximize ROI and drive rapid ORAN ecosystem innovation
  • Joint customer testbeds with Intel to validate performance-improving implementation and speed of time-to-market

Earlier this year, Juniper announced an exclusive global licensing agreement with Netsia, a subsidiary of Türk Telekom Group company Argela in the USA. Netsia transferred its Radio Intelligent Controller (RIC) technology to Juniper, including related source code and patents plus exclusive rights to develop and sell products and solutions that integrate with RIC.  The deal included the transfer of technical domain experts from Netsia to Juniper in support of RIC’s integration into Juniper’s product portfolio. 


Juniper is an active member of the O-RAN Alliance, contributing to six working groups and serving as chair and co-chair of the slicing and use-case task groups, respectively. Juniper is also an editor of RIC specifications within the alliance.

Juniper said the joint initiative represents another milestone in its continuing efforts to bring openness and innovation to a traditionally closed-off part of the network, providing a faster route-to-market for service providers and enterprises to deliver 5G, edge computing and AI.

“Juniper has always been committed to open infrastructures, which is why we are excited to support the work that Intel has undertaken with their FlexRAN ecosystem. By collaborating with Intel, we are able to deliver cloud-native routing, automation, intelligence and assurance solutions and services that are optimized for our customers’ needs, speeding time-to-market and enabling them to monetize faster," stated Constantine Polychronopoulos, VP of 5G and Telco Cloud at Juniper Networks.

“The virtualization of the RAN continues to gain momentum across the industry as operators take advantage of cloud economics and the delivery of new services. This collaboration with Juniper and the validation of FlexRAN and RIC solutions will assist service providers to overcome integration challenges and accelerate time-to-market for future deployments," stated Caroline Chan, VP Intel Corporation, GM of Network Business Incubator Division.


Monday, August 23, 2021

Cambodia's SINET upgrades with Juniper

SINET, one of Cambodia’s largest internet and telecommunication service providers, has selected Juniper Networks to upgrade its network infrastructure., accelerating time-to-value for customers in Cambodia. 

SINET currently operates over 200 active network points of presence (POPs) in main cities, provincial towns, remote districts and villages across Cambodia. SINET will upgrade its Ethernet Virtual Private Network – Virtual Extensible LAN (EPVN-VxLAN) IP Fabric and Metro-Ethernet transport networks. The network upgrades includes:

  • Juniper's QFX Series Switches, which provide the building blocks for SINET EVPN-VxLAN IP Fabric.
  • Juniper's ACX Series Universal Metro Routers supporting SINET’s latest 200G Metro-Ethernet expansion project, bolstering its nationwide fiber network and maintaining its competitiveness with one of Cambodia’s most advanced networks.



“It is an honor to be chosen by one of Cambodia’s largest network providers, and we are excited to empower SINET in connecting millions of users through simple, fast and reliable network systems. By providing flexible and easily scalable network solutions, I am confident that we will be able to support SINET’s continued growth and to help deliver high-performance connectivity to the digitally vibrant communities across urban and rural Cambodia," stated Perry Sui, Senior Director, ASEAN/Taiwan, Juniper Networks.


Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Juniper joins Softbank’s 5G Consortium

Juniper Networks has joined the Softbank 5G Consortium established by Softbank Corp. as a founding member, having been named as a 5G-related partner.


Juniper’s automated and secure IP networking solutions, including its flagship MX Series Universal Routing Platforms, play a crucial role in the development of Softbank’s 5G infrastructure. This solution offers strong scalability, reliability and flexibility, which are all key to Softbank’s 5G networking demands and requirements such as Network Slicing with SRv6.

The Softbank 5G Consortium brings together partners, operators, industry experts and companies in 5G-related fields, to collaborate alongside Softbank on proof-of-concept demonstrations aimed at addressing the commercialization and adoption of 5G solutions across various industry verticals.


Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Juniper offer Zero Trust Cloud Workload Protection

Juniper Networks introduced a Zero Trust Data Center architecture to automatically defend application workloads in any cloud or on-premises data center environment against application exploits as they happen, including the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) Top 10 and memory-based attacks.

Juniper Cloud Workload Protection is a lightweight software agent that controls application execution and monitors the application’s behavior and context, with vulnerability remediation is done automatically without admin intervention. 

The company says its new product provides the following critical capabilities:

  • Signatureless Run-Time Application Self-Protection (RASP) provides real-time protection against attacks. It protects the application from malicious actions, such as exploitation and data theft, without any manual intervention, catching sophisticated attacks that endpoint detection (EDR) and web application firewall (WAF) solutions cannot.
  • Memory-Based Attack Prevention provides real-time protection against advanced memory-based attacks, including fileless, return-oriented programming (ROP) and buffer overflow attacks.
  • Vulnerability Detection continuously assesses vulnerabilities in applications and containers to detect serious and critical exploit attempts as they happen. Juniper Cloud Workload Protection delivers information on the exploit attempt to DevSecOps teams to better understand where the vulnerability exists, so they can remediate.
  • Comprehensive Telemetry provides rich application-level security event generation and reporting, including application connectivity, topology and detailed information about the attempted attack.
  • Optimized Control Flow Integrity (OCFI) technology minimizes false alerts by validating the execution of applications and detecting attacks without using behavior or signatures.
  • Zero Trust Microsegmentation shields application resources from lateral threat propagation and integrates with Juniper vSRX Virtualized Firewalls to restrict access based on risk, even as workloads and virtual environments change. Automated threat response with built-in, real-time telemetry helps security teams detect threats once and block them across the entire network.

https://blogs.juniper.net/en-us/security/connecting-and-protecting-applications-within-a-zero-trust-data-center-architecture-with-juniper-cloud-workload-protection

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Blueprint: Green network quality makes service operators happy

by Stefan Vallin, PhD in Network Management, Senior PLM, Juniper Networks

As we all have been hunkered down in our homes throughout the pandemic, many of us have been trying to make the best of a horrible situation and some of us have taken on new pursuits to keep our minds active.  Where possible, some of us are trying to live as actively as we can during these hard times, perhaps we have reconnected with the outdoors and nature?  Whether it be walking, hiking, cycling or gardening, there is something about fresh air and the greenery of the world that has comforted many of us.  For me, it has been an active interest in my green house for both gardening and contemplation.  There is something about it that allows me to feel very free and focused on something that brings me a little bit of happiness in an otherwise chaotic world of networking and service assurance. (Watch my video below on this topic from my greenhouse.)

Having studied service assurance for my doctorate and working across many roles in the industry with this focus, I recently have reflected on how this anxiety-reducing feeling of “green” comfort is so applicable to service operators.  Green network quality makes service operators and their telecom customers happy.  It’s just a fact!

But why are telecom’s customers not happy?  It’s because when it comes to network quality, services have been far from green.  We at Juniper Networks have researched that in the Service Provider industry, the Telecom NPS (Net Promoter Score) is roughly half that of any other industry.

So lately I’ve been thinking about this and how things are actually just getting worse. First, there is today’s drastically increased requirements on network quality, both in the case of businesses and home end-users that cannot live without a high performing network.  Secondly, there is tomorrow’s promise of 5G which rotates around high-quality services that are ultra-reliable with ultra-low latencies.  So 5G is very much connected to networks becoming critical when it comes to performance, which is tightly coupled with the classic concept of Service Level Agreements (SLAs).  Of course, this may sound like an outdated topic that has been around for decades, but with the cloud and 5G era, it is time to revisit the SLA topic as a key focal point of what we do in the networking industry!

The revenge of SLAs

If we look at SLAs, and what specifically is sold to both broadband and business customers, all communications service providers tout their high quality of experience and bandwidth guarantees, along with network performance that delivers extremely fast response times while minimizing loss, latency and jitter.  However, when we go to monitor these services in the service operations center, we see mostly that device health is being monitored in terms of alarms and performance counters from infrastructure that are not specifically related to the individual customer services.  This is a very device-centric approach.  And although this information may make services appear green, it does not really show service operators that they are indeed meeting SLAs and keeping customers happy.  

So how are service operators showing customers that they are meeting contracted SLAs then?  The process of many operators is to track ticket resolution times for fixing outages and well as outage hours.  However, bad performance over time and intermittent issues are a bigger problem than blackouts: they are harder to detect and they impact customers over a long time.  In fact, in today’s hyper competitive landscape, when customers are not satisfied with their services it has been studied that 95% of them leave without even complaining.  But not only that, they also tell others and boast about the new deal they got with your competitor!  

The cause of this poor customer experience is actually known, and untested network changes not being caught in time are costing dearly economically at the tune of billions, with dramatic negative impact to reputation and customer retention.

It is such a high cost, when the change we need in the industry is fairly simple and at a low cost of ownership.  The shift we need is as easy as moving away from the device-centric approach and taking on a service-centric approach by actively testing end-to-end network quality.  To achieve true SLA guarantees, we need to start monitoring network quality key performance indicators (KPIs).  This needs to be measured at the data-plane while most monitoring solutions are looking at the management plane for insights.  It is exactly this missing element that service operators need to enable services to be truly green and deliver experiences that delight customers.

Active Assurance is the missing piece for improving service operations 

Looking at the typical assurance stack, most operations rely of a mix of solutions.  Typically, a fault and event management system presents volumes of alarms that show you if any devices are broken, answering questions such as “Is the interface up or down?”  Important, but it does not tell you service health.  Secondly, we have performance monitoring systems that look at the overall network health, answering questions such as “How are my links utilized?”  We also have passive probes that give a centralized understanding of traffic flows in the network and what protocols are enabled, answering questions such as “What types of traffic are in my network and how does this traffic flow?”

All of these solutions are needed within service operations, but fail to deliver the service-centric approach needed to truly measure and guarantee end-to-end network quality for your services.  

The missing is piece is called “Active Assurance”.

Meet Active Assurance

Active assurance provides a straightforward approach that can provide immediate results whether you have an existing modern service assurance framework or not.  It works by measuring end-to-end service quality through actively sending a small amount of traffic on the data plane to simulate an end user.

With active assurance, you can easily and cost-effectively deploy a solution that will enable you to automate proactive testing and monitoring on the real-time data plane and locate emerging issues before customers are impacted.  When your services are actively assured, you will be able to guarantee service quality for your services.  This service-centric approach will also enable your service and network operations teams to ensure that all network changes are made right the first time and right all the time.  

So make your service operators and customers happy by delivering truly green network quality with active assurance!  Read our Juniper Networks Paragon Active Assurance white paper on “Service assurance in the 5G and cloud era” to learn more about how you can use it to achieve a proactive, service-centric operations model that puts your customers in focus.  


Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Video: Deliver End-to-end Network Quality with Active Assurance

The requirements around network quality are drastically increasing for both business and home use cases. SLAs are promising network quality with network KPIs, but how can we measure this? Meet active assurance. In this video, Stefan Vallin, Senior Product Manager at Juniper Networks, discusses how active assurance manages SLAs to ensure network quality.

https://youtu.be/C0q9Gr-jzrw


Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Juniper extends its multivendor Intent-based automation to VMware NSX, SONiC

Juniper Networks announced version 4.0 of Apstra software, the multi-vendor, intent-based data center networking solution acquired earlier in the year.


Apstra 4.0 brings new support for VMware NSX-T 3.0 and Enterprise SONiC, in addition to previously supported data center switching from Juniper, Nvidia (Nvidia Cumulus), Arista Networks and Cisco Systems. The Apstra software also has new intent extensions and connectivity templates that provide a more simple and flexible way of connecting attached systems. Additionally, Juniper is offering Apstra with Juniper Networks QFX Series switches and SRX Series Services Gateways.

Juniper underscored its commitment to preserving Apstra as an open and multi-vendor system. Customers can scale with the Apstra software, removing hardware and operational constraints and accelerating data center evolution.

“Organizations are looking for new ways to enhance the experience of users and operators in the data center,” said Mike Bushong, VP Data Center, Juniper Networks. “Our Apstra software provides the perfect foundation by delivering closed-loop automation, analytics and assurance for intent-based networking across vendors. In operations, speed is nothing without control, and with the newest Apstra extensions and multi-vendor solutions, teams can make changes more quickly with predictable outcomes.”

See video: 

https://youtu.be/DMqkRkiaZPg



Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Telecom Egypt picks Juniper for 400G upgrade

Telecom Egypt has selected Juniper Networks to design and deploy a significant network capacity expansion across its national infrastructure, which supports a customer base of 9.8M for fixed line services, 6.9M for broadband and 7.3M for mobile. 

Telecom Egypt's network will be equipped with 400G interfaces for Juniper Networks MX Series Universal Routing Platforms, equipped with MPC cards (Modular Port Concentrators). This will be complemented by Juniper’s standards-based automation portfolio and traffic engineering capabilities provided by its NorthStar Controller. This gives Telecom Egypt granular visibility and control across the network. This solution will also provide proactive monitoring, planning and explicit routing of large traffic loads, helping to achieve and maintain consistent performance. Juniper’s HealthBot, an automated, open and programmable network diagnosis tool, will also be deployed by Telecom Egypt.


“The challenge faced by Telecom Egypt is shared by many service providers globally – how to run their network ever ‘hotter’ and faster while meeting customer SLAs and maintaining predictability and resilience, yet controlling operational cost and complexity. Juniper believes that our innovations in cloud routing and network automation help to overcome this challenge now and for the long term. Telecom Egypt is investing in a dynamic, customizable high-performing automated infrastructure that is able to scale upward and outward in step with exponential growth and future demands,” states Raj Yavatkar, Chief Technology Officer, Juniper Networks.

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Juniper posts Q1 revenue of $1.074 billion, up 8% YoY

 Juniper Networks reported Q1 2021 net revenues of $1,074.4 million, an increase of 8% year-over-year and a decrease of 12% sequentially.GAAP net loss was $31.1 million, a decrease of 252% year-over-year and 201% sequentially, resulting in diluted loss per share of $0.10. Non-GAAP net income was $98.5 million, an increase of 28% year-over-year, and a decrease of 46% sequentially, resulting in non-GAAP diluted earnings per share of $0.30.

“We reported strong March quarter results. Revenue exceeded our expectations and we experienced better than expected product orders across each of our customer verticals,” said Juniper’s CEO, Rami Rahim. “Momentum is strong entering the June quarter and we are confident regarding our growth prospects. We believe the success we are seeing is a result of the deliberate actions we have taken to strengthen our product portfolio and go-to-market organization, both of which are enabling us to capitalize on attractive end-market opportunities now and in the future.”


Regarding its outlook, Juniper said the worldwide shortage of semiconductors is causing ongoing supply constraints which have resulted in extended lead times. The company believes that extended lead times will likely persist for the next few quarters, but that, at this point in time, it believes it will have access to sufficient semiconductor supply to meet its full-year financial forecast.

At the mid-point of guidance, revenue is expected to be up 5% year-over-year. Juniper expects to see sequential growth across our Cloud and Enterprise verticals while Service Provider is expected to remain approximately flat.

Additional highlights from Juniper:

  • Automated WAN Solutions increased 22% YOY, with both MX and PTX product families posting YOY growth. 
  •  While Cloud-ready Data Center (CRDC) declined 10% YOY due to the timing of deals, orders grew more than 30% YOY due to broad-based strength across cloud, enterprise and service provider customers; Apstra exceeded expectations. 
  •  AI-Driven Enterprise increased 12% versus last year, as Mist and EX product families grew YOY. Security revenue increased 11% YOY and orders exceeded expectations in the period. Strength was especially notable in the high-end of the market, although Juniper saw growth across all customer verticals and product families. 
  •  Software and related services revenue grew 7% YOY. Software orders were particularly strong in the quarter, rising more than 70% on a YOY basis due to broad based strength across verticals and use cases. The services team delivered another solid quarter and continued to grow on a YOY basis due to strong renewals and service attach rates. 
  •  Juniper’s Mist AI saw new logos nearly double in Q1 andas orders experienced another quarter of triple digit growth, with a record number of deals greater than $1M. Juniper’s “Mistified” business of Wireless LAN, Wired Access, Marvis Virtual Network Assistant and Associated EX pull through approximately doubled YOY and saw record EX pull through in Q1.  In addition to strength with large Fortune 500 customers, Juniper is experiencing continued strength in the channel and improved momentum with smaller commercial accounts, highlighting the value of its AI-driven enterprise offerings to customers of all sizes and across all verticals.

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

China’s 21Vianet data center operator upgrades with Juniper routers

21Vianet, the largest carrier-neutral data center service provider in China, has deployed Juniper Networks' MX Series Universal Routing Platforms using segment routing traffic engineering (SR-TE) protocols.

21Vianet operates a network of over 50 data centers in more than 20 cities nationwide where it houses more than 51,000 network cabinets offering over 2000G of port capacity and providing over 1000G of dedicated high-speed cloud access for its ever-growing user base across the world’s second largest economy.

Juniper says 21Vianet's latest upgrade has not just successfully increased the capacity, scale and stability of its network – but also provided the platform for much-improved efficiency and automation via the implementation of SR-TE protocols, allowing 21Vianet to pass on lower operational costs and management workloads to its customers, all while greatly improving the end-user experience. The implementation of the EVPN-MPLS/VXLAN protocol was applied to support application mobility, allowing network administrators to easily migrate applications within and between various data centers, allowing for operational efficiency while optimizing network traffic flow. The application of segment routing protocols has also enabled simplified traffic management across 21Vianet’s multiple network domains, all while fulfilling the demands of increased bandwidth capacity.

“21Vianet has rapidly established itself among the largest and most influential service providers within the IDC industry in China. We are proud to have helped drive that growth and data center development over the years and are honoured to have once again enabled their latest upgrades in support of their accelerated market expansion. We remain committed to our vision of enabling organizations with our experience-first approach toward networking and we are confident that this ever-deepening relationship with 21Vianet can be a continued growth catalyst for the long-term development of the IDC industry across China and beyond.”

https://newsroom.juniper.net/news/news-details/2021/Chinas-Largest-Carrier-Neutral-Data-Center-Service-Provider-21Vianet-Selects-Juniper-Networks-to-Power-Expanded-Interconnected-Data-Center/default.aspx

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Juniper intros cloud-native Paragon Automation for service assurance

Juniper Networks introduced a modular portfolio of cloud-native software applications that deliver closed-loop automation in 5G and multicloud environments.

Juniper said its Paragon Automation suite is designed to translate business intent into real-world performance across the lifecycle of a network and services. The goal is to help operations teams to eliminate manual tasks and processes, assuring that users have a consistent, high-quality experience throughout the life of their service.

Paragon Automation combines active test agents, streaming telemetry and machine learning with closed-loop remediation. 

Highlights:

  • Network-aware automation, including capabilities such as real-time awareness and visualization of network topology and integrated support for segment routing, MPLS and network slicing across all network domains. The solution provides multi-layer root-cause analysis to visualize, analyze and map service issues down to the device and from the device back up to the service. It extends automation across the entire Layer-2 through Layer-7 network stack, across all domains and clouds and the full network and service lifecycle.
  • Network-tailored machine learning fueled by true algorithmic machine learning and network analytics. It collects, aggregates and analyzes huge volumes of real-time telemetry data to provide a multidimensional view of device, network and service health. And it uses diverse ML algorithms to detect anomalies and outliers and make accurate predictions about future device and network behavior.
  • Cloud-native agility and resiliency: Paragon Automation can be used as a cloud-hosted SaaS solution, hosted on-premises or in a public cloud environment. And it can be deployed in redundant node clusters within a single data center or across multiple clouds in a high-availability, highly reliable scale-out architecture.

Some of the capabilities are developed in partnership with Anuta Networks.

https://blogs.juniper.net/en-us/service-provider-transformation/unleash-experience-first-networking-with-juniper-paragon-automation


Juniper to acquire Netrounds for service assurance platform

Juniper Networks agreed to acquire Netrounds, which offers a programmable, software-based active test and service assurance platform for fixed and mobile networks. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Netround, which was founded in 2007 and is based in Lulea, Sweden, focuses on lifecycle service assurance. Its vendor-agnostic platform is offered as on-demand as a SaaS solution or on-premise for NFV deployment. Netrounds’ traffic-generating test agents allow OSS and NFV orchestrators to remotely test, monitor, and assure their network service KPIs and SLAs.

Juniper said Netrounds will enhance its automated WAN solutions to further simplify operations for service providers and ensure positive end-user experiences. 

“End-user expectations for a consistently high quality of experience for services delivered over IP networks in the cloud era are extremely high, and the onset of 5G will only accelerate this. Service providers are increasingly looking to differentiate themselves by looking beyond offering basic connectivity and focusing on the quality assurance of their services,” said Manoj Leelanivas, chief product officer, Juniper Networks. “Today’s announcement and plan to bring Netrounds into Juniper will fully automate the complexities of testing and actively monitoring those customer service experiences at scale, a crucial step to staying competitive in today’s dynamic market.”

“Today, end users are often the first to discover service quality problems, as traditional assurance solutions primarily focus on passive device health instead of service quality,” said Mats Nordlund, CEO and Co-Founder of Netrounds. “Combined with Juniper Networks’ sophisticated network automation solutions, service and cloud providers are now able to rapidly deliver software-defined network services with guaranteed end-to-end service quality. For our customers, this is a key success factor when rolling out solutions in dynamic environments built on 5G network slicing, Kubernetes, SD-WAN and hybrid-cloud. We are thrilled to be joining Juniper to provide higher levels of automated assurance to complex networks.”

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Juniper posts revenue of $1.2 billion, routing sales grow

Juniper Networks reported net revenues of $1,222.6 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2020, an increase of 1% year-over-year, and an increase of 7% sequentially. Non-GAAP net income was $181.8 million, a decrease of 9% year-over-year, and an increase of 26% sequentially, resulting in non-GAAP diluted earnings per share of $0.55.

“We experienced better than expected Q4 demand and ended 2020 on a high note by delivering a second consecutive quarter of year-over-year revenue growth,” said Juniper’s CEO, Rami Rahim. “Despite the various challenges presented by the pandemic, we achieved many of the objectives we laid out earlier in the year, which included growing our enterprise business for a fourth consecutive year, growing our cloud business for a second consecutive year and stabilizing our service provider business. We believe these outcomes are a direct result of the strategic actions we have taken, which should position us for sustainable full-year revenue growth starting this year.”


“We executed well in the December quarter and were able to exceed our revenue and non-GAAP EPS targets,” said Juniper’s CFO, Ken Miller. “We are entering the new year with strong backlog and healthy momentum across each of our core industry verticals. We believe the investments we have made in 2020 to strengthen our technology portfolio and go-to-market organization will not only position us to deliver long-term growth, but also improved profitability over time.”

Some highlights:

Routing product revenue: $462 million, up 9% year-over-year and up 7% sequentially. The year-over year increase was driven by Enterprise and Cloud, partially offset by a decline in Service Provider. The sequential increase was primarily driven by Enterprise, and to a lesser extent, Cloud, offset by a decline in Service Provider. Both MX and PTX product families grew year-over-year and sequentially.

Switching product revenue: $261 million, down 2% year-over-year and up 14% sequentially. The yea rover-year decrease was driven by Cloud, partially offset by growth in Enterprise and Service Provider. The sequential increase was driven by all verticals. The QFX product family decreased year-over-year and grew sequentially. The EX product family grew year-over-year and sequentially.

Security product revenue: $87 million, down 14% year-over-year and up 19% sequentially. The yearover-year decrease was primarily due to Service Provider, and to a lesser extent, Cloud and Enterprise. The sequential increase was primarily driven by Enterprise.

Service revenue: $412 million, down 1% year-over-year and up 2% sequentially. The year-over-year decline and sequential increase was primarily driven by timing of renewals.

By vertical

Cloud: $281 million, slightly up year-over-year and up 11% sequentially. The slight year-over-year increase was driven by Routing and to a lesser extent, Services, offset by a decline in Switching and

Security. The sequential increase was primarily driven by Switching, and to a lesser extent, Services and Routing, partially offset by a decline in Security.

Service Provider: $475 million, down 4% year-over-year and essentially flat sequentially. The year-over year decrease was primarily due to Services. The sequential change was primarily due to a decline in Services, partially offset by growth in Switching and Security.

Enterprise: $467 million, up 7% year-over-year and up 14% sequentially. The year-over-year increase was primarily driven by Routing, and to a lesser extent, Switching and Services, partially offset by a decline in Security. The sequential increase was driven by all products and services.

Some other notes

  • Juniper cites progress on 400G, noting that it currently has more than 100 wins for 400G capable products.
  • Juniper said software accounted for 12% of total revenue in Q4, primarily driven by the adoption of Mist cloud and other software-based subscription offerings. The company expects software sales to continue to grow especially given its recent acquisitions of 128 Technology, Netrounds and Apstra.
  • In total, Mist wireless LAN, Wired Assurance, Marvis Virtual Network Assistant and Associated EX pull through generated over $150 million in 2020.

https://s1.q4cdn.com/608738804/files/doc_financials/2020/q4/Q4'20-CFO-Commentary.pdf


Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Juniper completes Apstra acquisition

Juniper Networks completed its previously-announced acquisition of Apstra, a leader in intent-based networking and automated closed-loop assurance. 

The Apstra team is now part of Juniper’s Data Center business and Apstra CEO and co-founder, David Cheriton, joins Juniper as Chief Data Center Scientist.

“The Apstra acquisition is a significant milestone for our business that reinforces our commitment to transforming data center operations. Apstra’s focus on intent-based networking, closed-loop automation and fabric assurance is a perfect complement to Juniper’s award-winning hardware and software. Together, we can drive lasting customer value from design to deployment (Day 0 and 1) through everyday operations and assurance (Day 2 and beyond)," states Mike Bushong, Vice President of Data Center Product Management, Juniper Networks.

https://newsroom.juniper.net/news/news-details/2021/Juniper-Networks-Announces-Close-of-Apstra-Acquisition/default.aspx

Juniper to acquire Apstra for Intent-Based networking and assurance

Juniper Networks agreed to acquire Apstra, a start-up based in Menlo Park, California offering intent-based networking and automated closed loop assurance solutions. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Apstra offers an intent-based network operating system for simplifying the management of data center networks. Intent-Based Networking (IBN) is a closed-loop, continuous validation approach to designing, deploying and managing infrastructure. Apstra automatically generates and deploys full configuration of all devices based on a service description, and continuously provides assurance checks between the intended and operational state. Apstra’s multivendor integrations extend its closed loop automation and analytics to customers independently of their underlying infrastructure, including those running SONiC (Software for Open Networking in the Cloud). 

Juniper said the acquisition expands its commitment to open programmability, adding to its portfolio of solutions that includes powerful switching platforms with native SONiC integration and a deployment-hardened, cloud-native routing stack for the SONiC ecosystem.

Monday, December 7, 2020

Juniper to acquire Apstra for Intent-Based networking and assurance

Juniper Networks agreed to acquire Apstra, a start-up based in Menlo Park, California offering intent-based networking and automated closed loop assurance solutions. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Apstra offers an intent-based network operating system for simplifying the management of data center networks. Intent-Based Networking (IBN) is a closed-loop, continuous validation approach to designing, deploying and managing infrastructure. Apstra automatically generates and deploys full configuration of all devices based on a service description, and continuously provides assurance checks between the intended and operational state. Apstra’s multivendor integrations extend its closed loop automation and analytics to customers independently of their underlying infrastructure, including those running SONiC (Software for Open Networking in the Cloud). 

Juniper said the acquisition expands its commitment to open programmability, adding to its portfolio of solutions that includes powerful switching platforms with native SONiC integration and a deployment-hardened, cloud-native routing stack for the SONiC ecosystem.<br>

"Juniper’s Data Center portfolio is consistently recognized by both analysts and customers as industry leading, with top marks for performance, scale, security and simplified operations through automation. Adding Apstra’s intent-based networking and automated closed loop assurance advances our vision to transform data center operations. With the combination of Juniper and Apstra, customers get the best infrastructure and fabric management with integrated design, deployment and automated root cause identification and remediation to satisfy any Data Center environment. This is networking for the modern cloud era,” stated Rami Rahim, CEO, Juniper Networks.

"We founded Apstra to automate the data center as a holistic system from its initial design to all aspects of its operation and maintenance. Our automation allows valuable network engineers to focus on strategic issues and avoid spending time on network configuration and troubleshooting, particularly with the attendant risk of human error. Joining Apstra with Juniper's strong reputation in networking and its commitment to open networking removes the long-standing tradeoff between manageability and vendor lock-in and advances the industry toward the true self-driving network, said David Cheriton, CEO and Co-Founder, Apstra.



Sunday, December 6, 2020

2021 Foresight: Predictions for Service Providers

by Sally Bament, VP of Cloud & Service Provider Marketing, Juniper Networks

COVID’s Impact

COVID aims the spotlight on preparing networks for the unknown, AI/ML will be big focus

The COVID-19 pandemic shifted our world from physical to virtual literally overnight, placing enormous responsibility on service providers to deliver seamless real-time and near real-time experiences at peak traffic levels. Traffic patterns are shifting from mobility towards Wi-Fi and broadband networks, and as work continues to shift to the home, the lines between consumers and enterprise users continue to blur. This implies there will be long-term changes in how service providers architect and manage their networks particularly for enterprise customers, which by extension means to the home. Next year, we will see more focus on ensuring networks are ready for the “unknowns.” We will see accelerated investments in open, agile network architectures built on cloud principles, elastic on-demand capacities, and automation and security for an assured service experience. And with a heightened focus on service experience, we can expect automation, service assurance, AI/ML, and orchestration technologies to take on an even more significant role in service provider network operations, guaranteeing service quality and simplifying operations as networks get bigger, more dynamic and more complex.

COVID accelerates the value of the edge

Networks have never been more critical than they are right now. Business, education, telemedicine, social, all have moved from engaging in person to engaging virtually and multi-participant interactive video calls have become fundamental to our daily lives. We have seen a massive consumption of streaming media (largely video based), and similarly an all-time high in online gaming, each driving CDN growth. Service providers have responded fast to manage the surge in traffic while avoiding lagging, downgraded quality, and slower speeds. Next year, we’ll see service providers double down on investments in edge cloud, moving applications and data closer to users and connected devices to enhance the user and application experience, support new emerging low-latency applications, and make more efficient use of network transit capacity.

COVID drives network security

While security has often taken a back seat to make way for faster network speeds, the pandemic has proven that bad actors will take advantage of crises for their own gain. Next year, we’ll see service providers take a holistic, end-to-end security approach that combines network, application and end-user security to deliver a secure and assured service experience. This is especially important as we’re approaching a second wave of lockdowns and working from home becomes the new normal – which presents an enticing attack surface to attackers. In 2021, we’ll see companies investing more in Enterprise-at-Home solutions with security at the forefront, ensuring that all endpoints in the networks are secure, wherever they are.

5G

5G hype fades as monetization opportunities skyrocket

Despite the pandemic shifting operational priorities, causing some 5G roll outs to slow down, service providers have still been heavily investing in and deploying 5G networks. With over 100 commercial networks launched across the globe, and many more are expected in 2021, 5G is now real, bringing new monetization opportunities for operators. With massive speeds, huge connection densities and ultra-low-latency experiences, we expect to see progress in new consumer applications (e.g. gaming, AR/VR/MR), 5G for industry verticals, consumer broadband with content bundling, enterprise broadband and cloud-managed services, and fixed wireless access services in 2021.

400G

400G deployments ramp up beyond the cloud data center

As commercial solutions become more viable to support the relentless growth in bandwidth demand, we will continue to see momentum build for 400G in 2021. While large cloud providers are driving the first wave in the data center and the wide area network, expect to see 400G ramp up in service provider networks in 2021, as well as across data center interconnect, core, peering, and CDN gateway use cases, among others. We will see large-scale rollouts of 400G in the WAN, especially in the second-half of the year, driven by the availability of lower-cost optics, lower operating expense potential with fewer ports to manage, and pay-as-you-go pricing models that will allow operators to smoothly navigate the upgrades. Looking beyond 2021, we will see 400G appear in metro aggregation nodes as 5G buildouts drive even more traffic and network densification.

Open RAN

Open Architectures remain a top theme, Open RAN is here to stay

The service provider industry’s drive towards Open Architectures will continue to gain momentum in all areas from Open Access (including Open RAN, Open OLT), Open Broadband, Open IP/Optical and Open Core. Open RAN is no longer a question of IF, but WHEN. We will see accelerated momentum in Open RAN globally with RFPs, trials and early deployments as many operators commit to democratize their radio access domain primarily to drive vendor diversity and best-of-breed innovation. While commercial widescale deployments of Open RAN are a few years out, we will see a strengthened Open RAN ecosystem, greater technology maturity and new kinds of partnerships that will fundamentally change how radio networks will be deployed, managed and leveraged for value creation in the future.



The Role Operators can play at the Edge Over 50 billion devices are expected to come online next year, driving the need for edge-located control points to manage these devices in real-time and near real-time. For service providers, this makes edge compute a critical and strategic area of focus. Sally Bament, VP of Marketing at Juniper Networks, discusses the role operators can play in the edge value chain.

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Zenlayer picks Juniper for data center upgrades


 Zenlayer, a leading edge cloud services provider, has selected Juniper Networks for datacenter network upgrades including the MX Series Universal Routing Platforms as backbone routers. Deployments are occuring in Zenlayer’s initial phase of upgrades, with plans for the potential replacement of other vendor backbone routers in later phases.

Zenlayer will also use a variety of other Juniper platforms from the QFX Series of data center switches and the SRX Series of next-generation firewal. Juniper's segment routing traffic engineering is utilized to schedule traffic, with the full-featured support of SR-TE and multiprotocol label switching.

“In our increasingly cloud-first world, the demand for greater, faster and smoother global interconnectivity is rising by the day. Zenlayer has grown rapidly as a leading edge cloud services provider in the span of a few short years, a strong testament to their customer-first focus of improving the digital user experience globally. It is a vision we are delighted to share and a continued growth journey we are excited to enable – especially with the next-generation segment routing traffic engineering deployed, driven by our automation and AI-driven capabilities,” states Norman Lam, VP & GM, China, Juniper Networks.

https://newsroom.juniper.net/press-releases/edge-cloud-services-provider-zenlayer-selects-juniper-networks-power-better

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Juniper reports better than expected demand during Q3

Juniper Networks reported net revenues of $1,138.2 million, up slightly year-over-year, and an increase of 5% sequentially. GAAP operating margin was 11.0%, a decrease from 12.2% in the third quarter of 2019, and an increase from 8.3% in the second quarter of 2020.  increase of 24% sequentially, resulting in non-GAAP diluted earnings per share of $0.43.

“We experienced better than expected demand during the September quarter, as our teams continued to execute extremely well, despite the various challenges created by the pandemic,” said Juniper’s CEO, Rami Rahim. “I am encouraged by the business momentum we are seeing, particularly in our enterprise and service provider verticals. Given the strength of our current portfolio and the investments we have made in our go-to-market organization, I am confident not only in our Q4 outlook, but our ability to deliver organic growth in 2021.”

“We delivered better than expected Q3 sales and achieved our non-GAAP EPS forecast,” said Juniper’s CFO, Ken Miller. “We are entering Q4 with healthy backlog and making progress against COVID-19 related supply chain challenges. While we will continue to effectively manage costs and remain committed to improving profitability, we are making the needed investments to capitalize on the opportunities ahead and expect to deliver sustained growth and margin expansion over time.”