Juniper Expands SDN Portfolio for Network Operators

By Jeffrey Burt  |  Posted 2014-02-24 Print this article Print

Juniper officials are focusing the new SDN offerings on three primary areas. The first is automating network operations to increase simplicity and agility to better respond to rapidly changing demand and reducing operational costs.

Junos Fusion is software designed to enable administrators to manage thousands of network elements—such as routers and mobile devices—from Juniper and other vendors from a single point. Junos Fusion, which will be available in the second quarter, complements other Juniper products—including the Contrail controller and Junos Space network management software—that designed to help simplify networks, company officials said.

The vendor also is leveraging its $60 million acquisition in December 2013 of Wandl to help service providers scale their networks, including with the NorthStar Controller. NorthStar, which will be available in the second quarter, is designed to find the best path through a multi-vendor network based on operator-defined needs regarding performance and costs. This will increase network utilization and dynamically adjust the paths to changing network conditions, the company said. It supports open standards like MPLS and Path Computational Element Protocol.

In addition, Juniper in the second quarter is rolling out 1-terabit-per-second line cards that will further scale the vendor's PTX Series router, doubling the capacity of the slot in the routers to increase bandwidth and make the networks more efficient, Marcellin said.

To help network operations create more customizable services, Juniper is bringing new software—Junos Video Focus, Junos Subscriber Aware, Junos Application Aware and Junos Policy Control—to its MX Series routers. Service providers will be able to use the MX routers as service control gateways (SCGs) starting midyear to better customize network experiences based on who is on the network and what they're using it for. They can then use the information together with the Contrail controller for NFV environments and provision new services.

In addition, the company unveiled the CSE2000 Carrier Services Engine, which is a ruggedized server platform that service providers can use to virtualize network functions on the router. The CSE2000 is available now.



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