Enterprises are quickly embracing the cloud to benefit from its flexibility, limitless scale, and agility. However, the adoption of the cloud has a huge impact on IT infrastructures. With traditional methods of implementing networks and services in hardware that are manual and rigid, it is a herculean task for enterprises to respond to rapidly changing application requirements in the cloud environment. As a result, businesses need to architect their networks to meet the ever-changing connectivity and security requirements of these dynamic applications. Enterprises need to create a policy-driven, scalable and automated network to align with the changing needs. With a mission to address the world’s most difficult problems in networking, Juniper Networks [NYSE: JNRP] is focused on bringing simplicity to networking through its state of the art SDN products. With Juniper’s SDN, organizations can build open and agile networks that provide an ideal foundation for secure cloud environments. “Our strategy is centered on the transformation the cloud is driving across all corners of the market. Our focus is on engineering simplicity for our customers and partners and helping them in their transition to the cloud,” explains Rami Rahim, CEO of Juniper Networks.
Challenging the Status Quo
Juniper challenges the status quo with their products, solutions, and services that transform the economics of networking. The team co-innovates with customers and partners to deliver automated, scalable and secure networks with agility, performance and value. “Juniper was founded on an idea that dared to do things differently. We don’t just challenge the status quo; we challenge ourselves to solve some of the most important problems in ways that have never been solved before. This is our DNA,” says Rahim.
Juniper’s approach to software-defined networking enables businesses and enterprises to develop an agile, open and elastic infrastructure based on freedom of choice, intelligent automation, and always-on reliability. With Juniper’s SDN solutions, enterprises can evolve infrastructure to private, public, or hybrid clouds, introducing support for self-service, automated operations and service assurance. The firm’s SDN delivers numerous business benefits such as separation of the control and transport layers that escalates flexibility, accelerating time-to-market for new applications. Its ability to respond rapidly to problems enhances the availability of networks, and programmability enables IT organizations to automate network functions with a reduction in operating cost.
The firm’s open SDN solutions for cloud and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) help improve business agility with performance, automation, security, availability, and elasticity. It delivers production-ready SDN solutions across numerous network domains. Existing infrastructures require no replacement, hence, making it easier for enterprises to reap the benefits of SDN while protecting their existing networking investments. Users can evade pricy vendor-lock-in with an open architecture that interoperates with a range of networking and service options: virtual or physical; implemented in software or hardware. This enables users to choose the best building blocks for their SDN solutions.
New Levels of Control and Visibility
Juniper’s Contrail, an SDN-enabled management and control software, work’s with the firm’s existing network devices, delivering intelligent automation, application security, and reliability for cloud and NFV. The Contrail Enterprise Multicloud, a cloud-grade solution delivers application security, high-performance connectivity, and unified operability for enterprises, helping with networking challenges for automated, self-service and vertically integrated cloud architecture. From network virtualization and automation to turnkey cloud management platform, Contrail Cloud, an integrated telco cloud platform is built to run high performant NFV, enabling delivery of innovative and agile services. Delivering an automated multicloud SD-WAN, the Contrail SD-WAN helps enterprises create an evolvable architecture to simplify growth from SD-WAN to SD-Branch. It combines Contrail Service Orchestration with NFX Series, SRX Series, vSRX Virtual Firewall, and MX Series platforms for secure SD-WAN and SD-Branch. The Contrail Networking is future-proof for the cloud era building virtual networks from virtual machines (VMs) and bare-metal servers.
Our focus is on engineering simplicity for our customers and partners and helping them in their transition to the cloud
As network managers are required to move to efficient operational models, Juniper automates the creation of traffic-engineering paths across networks through NorthStar Controller. A powerful and flexible toolset, NorthStar Controller increases network utilization, ensuring a customized programmable networking experience providing granular visibility into, and control over, IP/MPLS flows in enterprise networks and large service providers. Besides, the firm also provides a WANDL IP/MPLSView - a multivendor, multiprotocol, and multilayer operations support systems (OSS) traffic management and traffic engineering solution for IP and MPLS networks.
Exponential Growth of SDN
As the helmsman of Juniper, Rahim has driven the company by applying his engineering acumen to the design and development of numerous industry-leading products. He also promotes the company’s forward-looking approach to fostering simplicity in networking. Juniper’s approach of ‘Engineering Simplicity’ is a move towards user-friendly, intuitive networking. The company has always been determined by innovation that stems from a focus on engineering. “We believe that creating simplicity through engineering is the highest form of innovation.” The company designs solutions with the primary aim to handle complexity so that clients don’t have to. “And if we are truly transformative in handling the complexity within our products and our solutions, what we provide becomes useful. It becomes elegant. It becomes, simple. And simple is powerful,” says Rahim.
In addition to its vast array of SDN solutions, Juniper’s center for innovation, OpenLab works as a resource for innovators across the globe to build network integrated software applications. OpenLab provides hands-on and cloud-based access to Juniper’s and third-party solutions. Innovators can speed the development of their applications while reducing infrastructure costs and risk through the company’s innovation lab. OpenLab has been instrumental in accelerating innovations from SDN sandboxes to NFV interoperability tests. In addition, the lab offers the right resources to build and test new solutions that interoperate with Juniper SDN and programmable networking assets. “We will only succeed by challenging ourselves to incorporate a diverse set of viewpoints and invest in the next generation of innovators,” exclaims Rahim.
"Our goal is to become the world’s most trusted technology provider for next-generation networking solutions"
Backed by a strong team of experts, Juniper’s success is determined by the ability to foster new ideas and turn them into breakthrough innovations that solve the networking challenges the world faces. “At the center of our success are talented people and a culture that encourages them to share a broad range of perspectives and experiences,” says Rahim. Moving forward with the growth of cloud, Juniper plans to move beyond developing the infrastructure for cloud environments and become a cloud provider delivering software-driven value to customers. Given the exponential growth of connectivity spreading across devices, Juniper believes that enterprise networks in the future will be an amalgamation of traditional networks and SDN and that SDN will deliver benefits when implemented rightly with the apt infrastructure. “Our goal is to become the world’s most trusted technology provider for next-generation networking solutions. As the boundaries around networking products evolve over time, achieving this goal will require that software become a much more meaningful component of the value we deliver to our customers and of our own business,” concludes Rahim.