NEC Corporation and Juniper Networks have expanded their global alliance relationship to deliver Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV)-based solutions that allow service providers and enterprises to gain greater service agility and lower overall costs.
The joint solutions combine the NEC Cloud System (OSS building model) - which is an OpenStack-based cloud infrastructure - with NetCracker's OSS/BSS systems, end-to-end service orchestration, systems integration capabilities and consulting options, along with Juniper Networks' networking equipment and virtual network functions (VNFs) such as the Juniper Networks vMX routing platform and vSRX Virtual Firewall.
According to a joint press release, the solutions will deliver greater levels of business agility through automation. NEC will leverage Juniper Networks' NFV-ready hardware and software within their enterprise virtualised Customer Premises Equipment (vCPE) solution to enable the flexibility of a virtualised service environment. When combined with NetCracker OSS/BSS and end-to-end service orchestration capabilities, the solution can provide service providers and enterprise customers with a viable means of delivering cloud-based business services in a fully automated fashion in near real-time.
NEC has been working with Juniper Networks since 2003, with a common goal of offering robust solutions for service providers and enterprises. The partnership focuses on key areas including microwave/IP backhaul and optical/IP integration, which delivers dynamic, application-aware network performance.
"This expanded alliance will allow NEC and Juniper to jointly offer NFV-based solutions that enable the introduction of innovative new services at higher speed and lower cost," said Atsuo Kawamura, Senior Vice President at NEC Corporation.
"By harnessing the power of automation and orchestration through SDN and NFV, and by supporting customers as they navigate their OSS transformation journey, Juniper and NEC are well-positioned to help customers capitalise on their IT and network investments," added Vince Molinaro, Executive Vice President and Chief Customer Officer at Juniper Networks.
The two companies are also working together to expand into new and developing markets, with a focus on Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific. Key investment areas include integrated technical teams and state-of-the-art lab environments to road-test the latest solutions and targeted innovative industry initiatives, such as Internet of Things (IoT), Retail as a Service and Surveillance as a Service offerings.
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