Showing posts with label Juniper. Show all posts
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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  Of course, this may sound like an outdated topic that has been around for decades, but with the cloud and 5G era, it is time to revisit the SLA topic as a key focal point of what we do in the networking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.”

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Telefónica secures 5G backhaul with Juniper

Telefónica Spain has selected Juniper Networks' Security Gateway (SecGW) SRX5800 platform to secure the mobile backhaul of its 5G network.

The companies said Telefonica picked Juniper’s Security Gateway (SecGW) SRX5800 because of performance, scalability and service integration. vSRX and cSRX are also available, allowing the solution to extend seamlessly across the Telco Cloud infrastructure.

Juniper’s SRX Series can also be used to support additional services, including Carrier-Grade Network Address Translation (CGNAT) that helps solving the problem of shortage of public IPv4 addresses, Stateful Firewall, Intrusion Prevention System (IPS), Denial of Service (DoS), Application Security, VPN (IPsec), Unified Threat Management (UTM), Quality of Service (QoS) and Large-scale Multitenancy.

Telefonica will use the third generation Services Processing Card (SPC3) with higher throughput and encryption capabilities to meet the high bandwidth requirements for large scale 5G deployments, as well as fourth generation of Input Output Cards (IOC4), supporting up to 480 Gbps and offering multiple connectivity options from 10GbE to 100GbE

Raj Yavatkar, Chief Technology Officer of Juniper Networks, said “In order to better combat and contain security threats in a modern mobile network, service providers like Telefónica are working to ensure security is embedded throughout the network. Juniper’s Security Gateway can help deliver peace-of-mind, as well as regulatory compliance for growing 5G networks, while ensuring network performance is maintained”.

Monday, September 28, 2020

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, August 27, 2020

Perspective: 3 Ways COVID will shape our networks for years to come

by Julius Francis, Juniper Networks

 The COVID-19 pandemic shifted our physical world into a virtual one nearly overnight, and every day we are reminded of the critical role the network plays in maintaining continuity in our lives. In today’s hyperconnected world, where a strong internet connection is your lifeline to the world outside, the importance of the network has never been clearer. As enterprises continue to double on efforts to manage a remote workforce, service providers are being tasked with the enormous burden of delivering real-time computing of peak traffic levels and also a positive experience for the end-user.

This traffic isn’t just occurring in random spikes, but sustained plateaus, meaning the onus is on service providers to ensure they’re investing in network architectures to ensure they’re able to pass this pressure test. And while it’s likely that traffic patterns will return to normal once we emerge from the current situation, the pandemic will spur long term changes in terms of how networks are built and managed moving forward.

Digital Transformation Must Also Apply to the Network

Legacy systems and processes proved to be a major impediment to business continuity when we first shifted to remote work. As it stands, so much of IT process and knowledge is simply kept in people’s minds and shared only among a handful of individuals within a company rather than being tracked in a formalized process. Unfortunately, that is no longer acceptable in this new world of remote work. There’s been a lot of chatter about how COVID has made digital transformation a business imperative, and that also applies to network management. And while networks aren’t top of mind when investing in digital transformation, delivering seamless connectivity cannot be an afterthought as it’s more important now than ever in our lifetimes.

 The rapid disruption in business and IT continuity has forced service providers to audit their processes and overall approaches to network management, revealing the need for more autonomous operations and highly agile networks. Because networks were never designed or prepared for the rigors of fully digital operations, service providers should take this as an opportunity to overhaul and optimize each end of the network with automated operations and intelligent monitoring tools.

AI and Machine Learning Can’t Be an Afterthought

This is a watershed moment for companies to become more data-driven. While data-driven networking has been happening for quite some time, the current situation is accelerating this shift. And with this heightened emphasis on data, we can expect AI, automation, and machine learning technologies to take on an even greater role in service provider network management.

 For example, since the shift to remote work, AI has proven to be an important tool for service providers to analyze data and proactively identify network issues before they reach the end-user. Service providers can also overhaul operations with automation to make networks ‘zero-touch’ and deliver an uninterrupted experience for end-users by identifying problems before they begin the disrupt connectivity.

 Shifting to End-to-End Network Security

The pandemic has proven that bad actors will take advantage of any crisis for their own gain. That’s why it’s more important than ever for service providers to deploy automation technologies that work faster and more efficiently than humans to secure thousands of endpoints across the network. After all, for service provider networks, security must be ingrained everywhere – in the protocols, the systems, the elements, the provisioning, and in the business surrounding the network – to ensure each point of entry is secure.

 To do this, service providers must take a holistic, end-to-end security approach, layering on encryption and automation, to ensure that networks are protected all the way through.

A Future Centered Around Innovation

Rather than hunkering down to uphold the status quo, service providers should be looking ahead and using this crisis to improve their network architectures and prepare for the next unpredictable problem. For many, preparing for the unknown means finally embracing the shift to Cloud, 5G, and AI-driven networks – real business value can be derived when service providers deploy all three of these technologies collectively.

While each provider’s transformation journey into the new era of cloud, 5G and AI is different, success with all three hinges on investments in network architecture, operational economics, and services. This approach will usher in the next generation of services in this highly uncertain time – delivering massive speeds, deploying autonomous operations to manage huge data sets and keeping networks secure end-to-end. Together, cloud, 5G, and AI will enable a quantum leap forward in scale and performance.

Julius Francis is Senior Director of Product Marketing at Juniper Networks. 

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Juniper and Netcracker team on enterprise service automation

Juniper Networks and Netcracker Technology announced a joint solution that facilitates the end-to-end management of LAN/WLAN/WAN networks with automated service provisioning and workflows, AI-driven insight and full lifecycle management from client to cloud.

The company said their joint Enterprise Service Automation solution will help service providers to unify LAN and WAN environments, providing additional value to their enterprise customers.

The solution combines Juniper's Mist AI with Netcracker's Service Orchestration and 2020 Digital BSS/OSS portfolio.

“For many enterprises, meeting the demands of an increasingly complex and dynamic network environment is an uphill battle. Through this expansion of our long-standing relationship with Netcracker, we can combine our industry-leading technology to offer a strategic value proposition to service providers and deliver end-to-end SLAs with fully managed enterprise networks. This approach can help increase revenues and profitability with existing customers as well as expand an SP’s managed services into new B2B vertical markets, leveraging new opportunities in the 5G era," states Raj Yavatkar, CTO, Juniper Networks.

Sunday, August 9, 2020

Australia's Macquarie Telecom picks Juniper

Macquarie Telecom, which focuses on Australia’s mid-to-large enterprise and government customers, has selected Juniper Networks for the refresh of its nationwide network from the core to the edge. The nationwide network upgrade by Juniper Networks is slated to be completed by the end of 2020

Specifically, Macquarie is using Juniper's MX10003, MX480 and MX204 Universal Routing Platforms for a variety of core, aggregation and edge functions. Segment routing is utilized to route traffic across the production network - a first by an Australian Juniper Networks customer on the MX10K platform.

“For over twenty years, both companies have built our respective businesses by being disruptors that offer our customers innovation, differentiation and value. Juniper is delighted to be able to help grow Macquarie Telecom’s business further through this network refresh which includes a next-generation segment routing deployment driven by our automation and AI-driven capabilities. Together, we are confident that we can improve time-to-market while increasing the end customer’s experience, all while providing Macquarie Telecom with an ultra-reliable and highly-agile network for years to come,” says Bruce Bennie, VP & GM, ANZ, Juniper Networks.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Juniper posts Q2 sales of $1.086 billion

Juniper Networks reported better than expected Q2 financial results with revenue and EPS of $1,086M and $0.35 both exceeding the mid-point of the guidance range. Revenue was down 1% YOY, primarily due to ongoing supply constraints related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and up 9% sequentially. GAAP net income was $61.2 million, an increase of 32% year-over-year, and an increase of 200% sequentially, resulting in diluted earnings per share of $0.18.

"We experienced solid demand during the June quarter, as our combination of technological differentiation and go- to-market execution drove a second consecutive quarter of positive order growth,” said Juniper’s CEO, Rami Rahim. “While the global macro environment remains uncertain, the strategic importance of the global network has never been clearer and we remain confident regarding the long-term outlook for our business. We delivered better than expected results during the June quarter, with both revenue and non-GAAP earnings per share exceeding the mid-point of our guidance,” said Juniper’s CFO, Ken Miller. “We are entering Q3 with healthy backlog and are optimistic regarding our ability to navigate COVID-19 related supply chain challenges and deliver improved profitability during the upcoming quarter."

Some highlights:

  • Orders grew 6% year over year (YOY) and exceeding expectations. 
  • Juniper secured 400G wins in every geography and vertical it serves,.
  • In cloud, revenue increased 9% on a sequential basis, growing modestly for the fifth consecutive quarter, despite being flat YOY. Juniper’s largest cloud customer in Q2 was different as compared to Q1. Juniper expects modest growth for the cloud business in 2020, with some seasonality during Q3.
  • The Enterprise business increased 1% in revenue on a sequential basis, exceeding initial expectations in Q2, but had a slight 2% decline YOY. Juniper continues to see strong momentum with Mist, driving confidence in its ability to gain enterprise share and return to growth once the pandemic subsides. Software revenue declined in Q2 and accounted for less than 10% of sales, though software orders grew 7% YOY due to a combination of strong Mist and Security subscriptions.
  • The service provider business modestly declined YOY during Q2, as it was most impacted by COVID-19-related supply chain challenges. However, it experienced a second consecutive quarter of positive growth with a 16% increase in revenue. Much of the service provider order strength is attributable to diversification efforts across customers and products over the last few years. Based on current trends and conversations, the service provider business is likely to see a modest decline in 2020.
  • Mist, which is the centerpiece of the company’s AI strategy, reported another record quarter with orders rising more than 170% on a YOY basis and new logos increasing by more than 100% YOY. Mist has now secured 4 Fortune 10 accounts and saw a material increase in demand generation from the channel, reflecting the true differentiation of the product. 


Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Vitalpointz becomes part of Juniper - a likely "acqui-hire" for IoT cloud

Juniper Networks has acquired Vitalpointz, a start-up based that specializes in IoT cloud development tools. Terms of the apparent "acqui-hire" have not been disclosed.

Under the deal, Juniper would gain access to Vitalpointz products, technology and associated intellectual property.  THE Vitalpointz Edge Service Platform links to a mobile network's BSS, enabling the operator to provide a seamless IoT service. When a new SIM gets activated, the mobile Core triggers an API to the Vitalpointz cloud IoT platform. The device is then onboarded and provisioned with OTA software updates as needed.Vitalpointz IoT has been available on the Digital Ocean cloud marketplace for trial use. In addition, some of Vitalpointz' IoT technologies (VESPA) are open-sourced
on Github.

Juniper has not commented on how it plans to integrate Vitalpointz. However, Juniper has invested in Stackpath, which offers an edge cloud platform that might be an entry point.

Vitalpointz, which is based in San Ramon, California with operations in Bangalore, was founded by the same team behind Vistapointe, which focused on network monitoring, visibility & analytics. In September 2014, Vistapointe was acquired by Brocade Communications.

The news was public made on the Medium site.  https://medium.com/@ravi.medikonda/vitalpointz-team-to-join-juniper-networks-b4ba1a1cd7fd

https://vitalpointz.io/