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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.

SDN goes hand-in-hand with the virtualization with more than 80 percent of the workload, across most enterprises, being virtualized. CIOs will not be able to ignore SDN for a long time due to the fast adoption of cloud computing.

We look at SDN more holistically. The key differentiator for Juniper in relation to the SDN controller and solutions lie in the very fact that - as industry innovators - we are able to provide solutions that are more simple, open and agile when compared to that of our competitions.

The three of our major SDN products are vMX, Contrail Cloud Platform and NorthStar Controller for WAN. In terms of efficiency and being able to cater to the needs of the customer, these solutions are unparalleled in the market and set a new bar for the competition. Contrail technology increases network utilization and delivers new customized services in real-time. With this latest development, we are now delivering the industry's only open, secure, multi-layered, multi-domain SDN solution.

Why are carriers adopting NFV? How do you suggest enterprises should change in order to shift to network virtualization?

NFV is designed to merge the network with cloud to become a service creation platform that empowers end users anddelivers customized experiences. Service providers must evolve towards an open and agile, High-IQ infrastructure that's efficient, programmable and simple to manage.

Our solutions allow operators to automate network operations using Junos, SDN and NFV to speed up the time to market new apps and services, and reduce costs; scale network performance multi-dimensionally, while driving greater efficiency using high-performance silicon together with SDN; and create revenue-generating customized services by leveraging the most flexible, open, multi-domain NFV/SDN solution available today.

According to a recent survey by HIS, 35 percent of telecom operators are planning to deploy network functions virtualization in 2015-16. The global NFV market has been witnessing a slow decline in revenue. However, the delay in the adoption could pose a challenge to the growth of this market. According to ABI research, NFV is poised to be a $6 billion market by the year 2018.

In your opinion, what is the role of network virtualization and SDN in reducing network complexity and controlling costs?

The SDN solutions don't rely on extensive hardware centric network upgrades. Using software, Juniper offers solutions which are capable of adding value to the overall hardware portfolio.

Our Contrail - an open source and open stack distribution code - enables users to download the entire SDN asset from the website and use it for free. Our close alliance with VMware is one of our biggest value proposition in this space. However, our strategy for SDN, keeps in mind the long term goals, and it is in this regard that we have started rolling out aspects of our portfolio to support our customers' SDN journey.


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