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Juniper Networks’ expanded portfolio makes enterprises multi-cloud-ready

February 16, 2018
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Juniper Networks, an industry leader in automated, scalable and secure networks, has introduced an expanded portfolio of offerings that will bring businesses closer to a secure and automated multi-cloud environment. Adding to its robust portfolio of data center, campus, branch and cloud networking solutions, Juniper Networks is providing the infrastructure solutions organisations need to become multi-cloud-ready.

Companies are moving more workloads from on-premises to the cloud to keep up with the need for agility and more flexibility. A recent study conducted by PwC and commissioned by Juniper Networks found that a majority of enterprise workloads currently on-premises are expected to migrate to the public cloud in the next one to three years. As a result, enterprises will need to adopt even greater multi-cloud strategies as workloads become more distributed across IT environments.

According to Bikash Koley, chief technology officer, Juniper Networks, “The promise of multi-cloud is to deliver an infrastructure that is secure, ubiquitous, reliable and fungible and where the migration of workloads will be a simple and intuitive process. For IT to be successful in becoming multi-cloud-ready, it is critical organisations consider not only the data centre and public cloud, but also the on-ramps of their campus and branch networks. Otherwise, enterprises will face fractured security and operations as network boundaries prevent seamless, end-to-end visibility and control.”

To eliminate roadblocks that could prevent enterprises from realizing the multicloud promise, end-to-end security and automation must be integrated throughout all places in the network. Enterprises are currently at different stages in their path toward a secure and automated multi-cloud architecture. Juniper’s extended offerings across its data centre, campus, branch and cloud portfolio are designed to enable enterprises to migrate to a multi-cloud architecture on their terms, using natural refresh and expansion activities to meet today’s needs, while also ensuring they are multi-cloud-ready.

Key highlights:

Data Centre: For organisations that are refreshing, expanding or consolidating data centres to prepare their IT environments for a secure and automated multi-cloud, Juniper is introducing new data centre solutions, including:

Universal switch for data centre spine, data center edge and DCI: The new QFX10002-60C switch can be flexibly used as a spine or an edge device for data center interconnects (DCI). It features 60x100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) deep-buffer interfaces. Juniper is also adding the QFX5210-64C, a 64x100GbE port spine switch, and the QFX5200-48Y, a 48x25GbE top-of-rack switch, to its portfolio.

Secure workload transitions with new line cards: The QFX MACsec line card addition to the QFX10000 modular switches provides 30-port 100GbE connectivity for encrypted traffic in and between data centers.

Campus: Recognizing that campus networks will play an integral role in multi-cloud security and operations, Juniper is expanding its campus portfolio to include the following solutions:

Simplified campus management with a single point of control: Juniper Sky enterprise is a cloud management service that enables operators to deploy, configure and manage switching and security devices, reducing change errors by up to 90 percent. With an intuitive and easy-to-use web dashboard, managing campus and branch networks is made simpler. Sky Enterprise also gives network operators visibility into wireless access points using Aerohive Hive Manager NG API integration.

Multigig and compact core switches: The new EX2300 and EX4300 switches bring multi-gig interfaces to Juniper’s campus portfolio. The EX4300 multi-gig switch supports POE++ for new applications and MACsec to enable a secure on-ramp to the cloud. The EX9250 switch is a compact campus core that gives enterprises multiple fabric options by supporting both Junos’ Fusion and EVPN-VXLAN.

Branch: Juniper’s branch approach supports a diverse set of software functions, while enabling applications and security control that is in sync with the rest of the network. Juniper’s extended branch portfolio prepares the branch for multi-cloud with the following offerings:

New network services platform with wireless connectivity: Juniper’s new NFX150 network services platform combines native branch security and hybrid WAN functionality with wireless 4G and LTE connectivity between branches. Built as an extensible platform, it can run third-party virtual network functions (VNFs).

Contrail SD-WAN with new subscription-based pricing: Juniper’s Contrail SD-WAN solution bundles the SRX Series Services Gateway and the NFX Series with the platform and orchestration software required for multi-cloud-ready SD-WAN. New subscription pricing bundles provide several physical and virtual endpoint options with secure SD-WAN management.

Cloud: To securely facilitate the migration of on-premises workloads to the public cloud, Juniper is offering a secure and automated way of establishing connectivity to and within public clouds.

Secure connectivity to public cloud: Juniper’s secure cloud connectivity solution combines on-boarding services with virtual products (vSRX Virtual Firewall or vMX Virtual Router) available in AWS and Azure to automate the setup of secure IPsec connectivity between data centre, campus and branch networks and virtual private clouds (VPCs). The solution gives enterprises operational choice with options that include CloudFormation, TerraForm or Ansible playbooks.

All new offerings announced today are powered by the Juniper Networks Junos operating system, providing users the telemetry, secure programming interfaces and operational tools required to automate across multiple places in the network.

Speaking on the occasion, Michael Bushong, vice president of enterprise and cloud , Juniper Networks said, “For multicloud to yield meaningful improvements in enterprise IT, the boundaries that have historically existed between the various places in the network have to come crumbling down. That requires end-to-end security and automated operations across the data centre, campus, branch and public cloud. We are bringing the full force of our engineering teams in a bid to simplify networking so that enterprises can migrate from legacy to multi-cloud-ready and eventually to full multi-cloud architectures.”

Commenting on the occasion, Jarrod Yuster, chief executive officer, Pico Trading said, “As our global financial clients move more of their workloads to the cloud, they rely on us to provide industry-leading managed services and agile technology hosting. Our IT infrastructure plays a critical role in our ability to meet our clients’ needs during this digital transformation. We are excited to be working with Juniper Networks to implement our high-performance, low-latency global WAN project, which leverages Juniper’s QFX switches to provide optimized services to our clients and prepare our infrastructure for a multi-cloud future.”

Speaking about the occasion, Jeremy O’Dette, managing partner, Cadenza said, “At Cadenza, we work with networks ranging from startups through the Fortune 50. Managing complexity is the #1 challenge all our clients face. We believe Juniper Sky Enterprise is the only cloud networking platform that achieves simplicity without sacrificing functionality. Juniper Sky Enterprise allows our new clients to begin managing their network in minutes while simultaneously extending the reach of our senior engineers to automate complex changes around the globe.”

Brad Casemore, research vice president, data centre networks, IDC said, “As enterprises increasingly embrace multi-cloud environments, they are recognizing the growing importance of intelligent automation and operational simplicity as indispensable contributors to network agility. Furthermore, IDC finds that enterprises also increasingly appreciate the direct correlation between network agility and business agility. With this extension to its product portfolio, Juniper continues its focus on multicloud networking that can provide the operational simplicity that will be essential for the network to become an enabler of business outcomes within the larger context of digital transformation.”

Commenting on the occasion, Amit Dhir, Principal, management consulting, PwC Advisory Services said, “For many years, IT’s top priority has been total cost of ownership but that focus has shifted with the rapid migration of business applications to the cloud. As revealed in PwC's survey, security and automation are now C-level and Board of Director discussions on the path to the cloud. We advise our clients to use natural upgrade and expansion events to ensure they are multi-cloud-ready. We believe solution providers that lay the groundwork to remove complexity and build the multi-cloud infrastructures needed for organizations will win in the next phase of IT infrastructure.”

 

 
 
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