& cplSiteName &

Juniper Expands Its Virtual World

Mitch Wagner
2/23/2014
50%
50%

Juniper Networks added meat to its software-defined networking (SDN) bones Sunday with the launch of new hardware and software products designed to help carriers automate network management, scale networks, and create new products quickly. Oh, and build clouds.

"We want to enable carriers to use highly-available networks to become cloud builders," Stephen Liu, Juniper Networks Inc. (NYSE: JNPR) senior director, service provider marketing, said in a phone interview with Light Reading. "How do we help cloud builders monetize networks? They have a good role as service providers, but how do they expand that?" he added.

Juniper's new offering, announced at Mobile World Congress, builds on its existing SDN portfolio, and is designed to let carriers build highly-customized networks that can boost their ability to create new services and drive new revenues. (See Juniper Opens SDN, Clouds OpenDaylight.)

For automation, Juniper introduced Junos Fusion, a network management system designed to allow service providers to use the Juniper Networks MX series or PTX series routers to manage thousands of endpoints as one. The endpoints can be of any type -- routers, microwave systems, optical devices, wireless platforms -- and be from any vendor, not just Juniper. That tool becomes available during the second quarter.

For scalability, the vendor announced a set of 1 Tbit/s line cards for its PTX Series routers, which double the capacity on offer from that platform. Those new cards will become available in the second quarter.

In addition, Juniper unveiled the NorthStar "traffic engineering controller," which is designed to provide for wide area networks the level of SDN agility made possible within a datacenter. NorthStar, which has been developed using network planning and optimization capabilities brought on board through the acquisition of Wandl late last year, chooses and selects dynamic paths through the network based on detecting congestion in real time and routing around it. (See Juniper Waves Its Wallet at Wandl.)

For service creation, Juniper is offering a range of virtualized functions, namely the Junos Video Focus, Junos Subscriber Aware, Junos Application Aware, and Junos Policy Control, as applications that can reside on MX Series routers, which can act as a Service Control Gateway. Network operators can use this gateway to customize services, based on who is using the network and what they're using it for. These functions will be available in mid-2014.

The vendor also unveiled a server platform, the CSE2000 Carrier Services Engine, that can house applications on a router, in a central office or in a datacenter.

Categorization and legitimization (without cannibalization)
The theme for service providers is monetization, said Liu. "The key to monetization is customization, and the way to make that happen is virtualization," he said, without mentioning standardization, aggrandization or reorganization. "This is where SDN and NFV [network functions virtualization] come into play."

The announcement from Juniper comes on the heels of a reorganization (oh, there it is) plan for the company, which was just announced by the company's new CEO, Shaygan Kheradpir. (See Juniper Bows to Investor Pressure, Refocuses.)

It also comes as Juniper has lost a number of key SDN executives -- namely, Tom Nadeau, Benson Schliesser, and Lloyd Carney -- to Brocade Communications Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: BRCD). (See Brocade Poaches Key SDN Exec From Juniper and Brocade's Datacenter Push Paying Off.)

In addition, SDN executive Doug Murray left Juniper and took a position as CEO of Big Switch Networks , while former Juniper staffer Joe Palazola joined the same company as VP operations and customer support. (See Murray Leads Big Switch Into Bare Metal Battle and Big Switch CEO: We're Not for Sale.)

Delivering differentiation
Juniper is working to differentiate itself from a pack of companies with similar SDN and NFV offerings, among them major players including Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) and VMware Inc. (NYSE: VMW), along with startups such as Big Switch and PlumGrid Inc. .

And at times it can be tough to differentiate them: Many pitches sound very much the same.

"That's part of the problem. The vendors are having trouble coming up with differentiated messages," said Current Analysis analyst Glen Hunt. "They're trying to provide the same thing, which is agile service capabilities that respond to business needs."

Juniper differentiates by backing open standards, and also talking about services more than they have in the past, Hunt said. Previously Juniper talked mostly about the benefits of SDN, and now they're trying to put it together with specific examples, such as video and virtualized services to enterprises.

Competitors in this market include Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Cisco, and Huawei. "Everyone is trying to encompass the same thing, but they're all coming out it from a different perspective," Hunt said. "They all meet in the middle."

Juniper's comes from its base as a high performance network provider. It's trying to maintain that image at the same time as promoting the openness of its platform. Juniper is also promoting the ability for third parties, including resellers and technology partners, to contribute.

— Mitch Wagner, Circle me on Google+ Follow me on TwitterVisit my LinkedIn profileFollow me on Facebook, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading. Got a tip about SDN or NFV? Send it to mwagner@lightreading.com.

(5)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
pcharles09
50%
50%
pcharles09,
User Rank: Light Beer
2/27/2014 | 11:00:26 PM
Re: Cloud builders
Do you see them catching up? If yes, what additional features do you think they'll have to offer to make a run for it?
mhhf1ve
50%
50%
mhhf1ve,
User Rank: Light Sabre
2/27/2014 | 6:55:00 PM
Everyone says they're supporting open standards...
It's interesting how nearly every big tech company claims to support open standards, but when it comes to the details of it, there's a lot of variation in the meaning of the word "open"... 

eg. Google has its open Android platform, but it's not very open in that your locked into using it the way Google wants you to, or else you have to fork it and miss out on all the stuff that Google has developed for it.

So I wonder how "open" Juniper (or any tech manufacturer -- HP, Dell, etc) will really be.
Mitch Wagner
50%
50%
Mitch Wagner,
User Rank: Lightning
2/24/2014 | 2:50:40 PM
Re: Cloud builders
wanlord – If what you're hearing is true, that's bad news for Juniper. Having a bully as boss is terrible for productivity and innovation.
wanlord
50%
50%
wanlord,
User Rank: Light Sabre
2/24/2014 | 1:28:58 PM
Re: Cloud builders
If Shaygan is like anything I heard about from VZ folks, he will shake the place up, turn it upside down and shake it out. He was a micro manager, very controlling, ruled like a bully.
DOShea
50%
50%
DOShea,
User Rank: Blogger
2/23/2014 | 9:08:14 PM
Cloud builders
Well, Juniper quickly made good on its promise a few days earlier to have cloud builders in its strategic sights, Though, after the company announced its new operating plan last week, at least a couple of analysts noted Juniper is already behind in this market segment.
From The Founder
Cisco's Conrad Clemson, recently promoted to head up the company's Service Provider Apps & Platforms developments, talks to Light Reading's Founder and CEO Steve Saunders about how he's bringing cloud video, mobile and virtualization together to empower network operators.
Flash Poll
Live Streaming Video
Charting the CSP's Future
Six different communications service providers join to debate their visions of the future CSP, following a landmark presentation from AT&T on its massive virtualization efforts and a look back on where the telecom industry has been and where it's going from two industry veterans.
LRTV Custom TV
Live Demo: DevOps in Service Chains & 5G Network Slices PoC

3|29|17   |     |   (0) comments


Executives from PoC collaborating companies – Patrick Waldemar, VP and Head of Technology at Telenor Research, John Healy, VP of the Datacenter Network Solutions Group at Intel, Vincent Spinelli, SVP of Global Sales and Marketing at RIFT.io, Mats Eriksson, CEO and co-founder of Arctos Labs, and Mats Nordlund, CEO and co-founder of Netrounds – review ...
LRTV Documentaries
The Year of Fat & Skinny Bundles

3|29|17   |   21:06   |   (0) comments


In this fireside chat, Roku's Andrew Ferrone predicts that 2017 will be the year of multichannel OTT video bundles and spells out other trends in the OTT and pay-TV markets.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
BBWF 2016: Orange Poland's Next-Gen Central Office

3|28|17   |     |   (0) comments


Introduction to Orange Poland's legacy next-generation central office solution.
LRTV Custom TV
Viavi at OFC 2017

3|28|17   |   4:15   |   (0) comments


Light Reading's Editor-in-Chief Craig Matsumoto reports from the Viavi booth at OFC and gets an update on the 400G testing market from Tom Fawcett, VP and GM of LAB & Production. At this year's event, Viavi won three awards from Lightwave magazine and showcased an interoperability demo with Ethernet Alliance and Finisar.
LRTV Custom TV
Connecting the Entire Home With DOCSIS 3.1

3|28|17   |   3:58:   |   (0) comments


Hitron Technologies had the first cable modem certified for DOCSIS 3.1 and already has over 120,000 units in the field. Greg Fisher, CTO of Hitron, provides an update on his company's rollout of new gateways and why he thinks DOCSIS 3.1 will continue to drive value for operators into 2017 and beyond.
LRTV Interviews
Amazon Prime's Hand of God Creator on Producing for OTT

3|28|17   |     |   (1) comment


Ben Watkins is the creator, writer and producer of Hand of God, a series on Amazon Prime. At Light Reading's Cable Next-Gen conference in Denver, he explained the advantages of producing for an OTT platform versus traditional TV.
LRTV Custom TV
How Metrological Keeps Cable Customers on the Couch

3|28|17   |     |   (0) comments


Metrological offers an open source solution that reduces the time it takes cable operators to integrate OTT content into the linear television viewing experience.
LRTV Documentaries
The ABC of OTT

3|28|17   |     |   (0) comments


At Light Reading's Cable Next-Gen conference in Denver, Ben Watkins, creator of Amazon Prime's Hand of God show, explained how producing content for an OTT platform differs from producing content for traditional TV.
Shades of Ray
Why Analytics Is the Tech World's Digital Glue

3|27|17   |   02:20   |   (0) comments


It was obvious at the massive annual CeBIT enterprise tech trade show that the foundation for tech innovation right now is real-time analytics.
LRTV Custom TV
CommScope – Meeting the Demands of Tomorrow's Networks

3|24|17   |     |   (0) comments


Phil Sorksy, Vice President International at CommScope, discusses addressing the challenges faced by service providers today, and as future trends emerge.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
AMS-IX & Huawei's OSN 902

3|24|17   |     |   (0) comments


Huawei shows how its OSN 902 platform helps the Amsterdam Internet exchange to connect the world using multiplexing.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei's Smart Energy Innovation Center

3|24|17   |     |   (0) comments


In Nuremberg, Huawei showcases its latest capabilities in the digitalization of Internet resources, network infrastructure and intelligence at its Smart Energy Innovation Center.
Upcoming Live Events
May 15-17, 2017, Austin Convention Center, Austin, TX
May 15, 2017, Austin Convention Center - Austin, TX
June 6, 2017, The Joule Hotel, Dallas, TX
All Upcoming Live Events
Infographics
With the mobile ecosystem becoming increasingly vulnerable to security threats, AdaptiveMobile has laid out some of the key considerations for the wireless community.
Hot Topics
FTTH No Slam Dunk for Cable
Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 3/23/2017
Unlocking China's $194B Telecom Market
Robert Clark, 3/27/2017
Welcome to the Wild West of Privacy
Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 3/24/2017
WiCipedia: Supergirls, No More Excuses & Media Monitoring
Eryn Leavens, Special Features & Copy Editor, 3/24/2017
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
TEOCO Founder and CEO Atul Jain talks to Light Reading Founder and CEO Steve Saunders about the challenges around cost control and service monetization in the mobile and IoT sectors.
At MWC 2017, Qualcomm's CTO Matt Grob talks to Light Reading's CEO and Founder Steve Saunders about the progress being made in the development of the technologies and standards that will underpin 5G.
Animals with Phones
Working From Home Doesn't Work for Everyone Click Here
You shouldn't nap on your keyboard, for instance.
Live Digital Audio

Playing it safe can only get you so far. Sometimes the biggest bets have the biggest payouts, and that is true in your career as well. For this radio show, Caroline Chan, general manager of the 5G Infrastructure Division of the Network Platform Group at Intel, will share her own personal story of how she successfully took big bets to build a successful career, as well as offer advice on how you can do the same. We’ll cover everything from how to overcome fear and manage risk, how to be prepared for where technology is going in the future and how to structure your career in a way to ensure you keep progressing. Chan, a seasoned telecom veteran and effective risk taker herself, will also leave plenty of time to answer all your questions live on the air.