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Transforming network economics with NFV solutions

Sejuti Das | June 29, 2016
Sajan Paul, Director Systems Engineering - India & SAARC at Juniper Networks says they’re seeing a strong demand for NVF, particularly from service providers and enterprise customers, and is looking to the technology to help drive enterprise future growth.

How does Juniper's NFV play compare to Cisco's or HP's?

In the network function virtualization domain, we have been providing one of the most innovative solutions to enterprises. Our Contrail platform has truly changed the way enterprises function and has one of the most intelligent automation processes and reliability compared to other solutions available in the market.

Even though Cisco is our formidable competitor, we were born as a challenger to the status quo. It is part of our DNA, and will continue to provide solutions that are different from what is already out there in the market. This radical innovation is at the heart of our NFV solutions and this vision also translates into the ability to orchestrate the service lifecycle from creation to delivery, in a modular open framework sets our NFV portfolio apart from that of other players in this field.

As an organization we are quite proud to provide businesses with unmatched security, availability, performance, automation and elasticity in their network architecture.

Please explain Juniper's disaggregated version of operating system, Junos?

Junos is one of the most reliable and high-performance network operating system designed by Juniper Networks for routing, switching, and security. In order to give IT organizations the flexibility to run the software they need, on the hardware platform of their choice, we decided it would be ideal to have a disaggregated networking hardware and software plane.

The disaggregated version of the Junos software infrastructure is based on Linux, and built from the ground up for automation and programmability. This also allows users to run third-party applications, tools, and virtualized services.

Why do you consider your NFV more 'open' than your competitors?

We have been at the heart of the innovation around network virtualization. Our approach with regard to SDN and NFV have always focused on providing customers with networks that meets their connectivity and security requirements.

Our solutions are designed using open and proven standards, which makes them work smoothly in multivendor physical and virtual environments, for today and tomorrow. Juniper's Contrail Cloud Solution for NFV - an extensible and open network function virtualization cloud connection engine for turnkey NFV deployments - starts with a hardware reference architecture that includes storage, switching and computing with pre-loaded Contrail, for a simple out-of-the box experience making service creation simple and easy.

How is Juniper's cloud strategy compared to HP and Cisco's InterCloud?

Juniper has been among the most aggressive network vendors when it comes to network function virtualization. We have taken bold strides with our NFV strategy, which has virtualized our flagship product, the MX Series 3D Universal Edge Routing platform. The new virtual MX series enables service providers to spin up a virtual version of the router on an X86 server that can be scaled elastically when needed.


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