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Juniper disaggregates even further

Jim Duffy | Nov. 4, 2015
Unveils more open Junos OS and a leaf switch for it that supports 25/50G.

Also this week, Juniper introduced a product suite designed to allow cloud operators to deploy virtual CPE on the subscriber premises for faster service delivery and activation/deactivation. Juniper’s Cloud CPE includes the company’s Contrail SDN controller and orchestration tool, and a new appliance called the NFX250.

The NFX250 is a 1RU x86 server with storage, network interfaces and a virtual image of Juniper’s SRX firewall that functions as an on-premises device capable of running multiple virtual network functions (VNF) from Juniper and third-parties. NFX250 is designed to allow service providers to update network functions for their customers without having to purchase new CPE hardware.

Juniper is one of the vendors supplying AT&T with virtual CPE.

For orchestration of VNFs, Juniper rolled out Contrail Service Orchestration. Contrail Service Orchestration is software designed to deliver virtualized network services, such as virtual security, and manage the VNF lifecycle from design to activation with no disruption to existing applications.

Contrail Service Orchestration will be available in December. The NFX250 will be available in the first half of 2016.

Juniper also said this week that its products are being integrated into converged and hyperconverged IT systems that combine compute, storage, networking and virtualization. Converged stack offerings from Juniper partners FusionStorm, InterCloud Systems, InterVision, ITQAN, Redapt, Technica and Virtual Armor include Juniper routers, switches, firewalls and Contrail controllers, the company says.

Juniper said it is also providing validated reference architectures and joint support services with these partners.


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