He says that Juniper has engineered just such a multi-vendor network for a European service provider that is now in production. He didn’t say what provider but that its success could prompt standardizing the interfaces used.
More near-term, Rahim says that this year Juniper will make it possible for its switching to enforce policies issued by a centralized policy engine as part of what the company calls its secure fabric. The fabric is part of the larger Juniper Software Defined Secure Network, which is a vision to leverage network elements to gather information, ferret out anomalies and enforce policies “to stop threats in the place that it makes most sense to stop them.”
Next year, Juniper will expand the enforcement points to include Juniper’s broadly deployed MX routers as well as third-party gear, Rahim says.
Next month, Rahim will celebrate his second anniversary as CEO of Juniper, though he has been with the company since it was founded 20 years ago. He says one of the skills he has developed over those years is spotting what technologies Juniper should jump on in order to improve its products and customer satisfaction.
“You don’t want to go too fast,” he says, “because you’ll be ahead of the market but you also don’t want to go too slow and get left behind.”
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