IBM, Juniper Partner on Network Analytics Solutions
The companies will integrate IBM's analytics software with Juniper's network gear to enable service providers to improve the end-user experience.IBM and Juniper Networks are partnering to help service providers and enterprises get a better understanding of what's happening on their networks and how they can improve the end-user experience. The vendors will combine hardware and software offerings, injecting IBM's broad analytics capabilities into Juniper's networking gear to give communications service providers (CSPs) and businesses the tools they need to optimize their network operations, more efficiently run their environments, more quickly spin out cloud-based services and manage the increased applications demands that are coming due to such trends as mobility, big data and the Internet of things (IoT). The joint solution will include integrating Juniper's MX Router Service Control Gateway (SCG) and Contrail software-defined networking (SDN) controller with IBM's Now Factory analytics software. Service providers and enterprises will have greater visibility into user behaviors on the network and will be able to configure and optimize the networks accordingly. Using IBM analytics software also will enable the Juniper networking gear to automatically adapt to user trends, according to officials with the companies. In addition, IBM also will integrate its analytics solutions into Juniper's Cloud Analytic Engine and network switches to improve the user experience and application performance, while also addressing issues in such areas as latency before they become problems.
"Integrating predictive analytics directly into the stream of data processing—and embedding it into the network of CSPs—will help to ensure the reliability of the network and improve customer engagement," Bob Picciano, senior vice president of IBM Analytics, said in a statement. "Juniper Networks' focus on cloud-based analytics complements IBM's strategy to apply analytics capabilities to help organizations sense, predict and respond to opportunities."