Juniper Networks Takes OpenLab Global

By Casey Houser June 24, 2016

Juniper Networks develops networking software and delivers networking services to businesses to assist them with every stage of infrastructure creation. It released the innovative OpenLab in New Jersey to offer enterprises a home base for creating and testing their own software-defined networking tools. Now it has taken OpenLab to the global stage.

In addition to the New Jersey site, OpenLab now claims six new locations that reach from North America to Europe and Asia. Each site means to give developers, such as Juniper’s own customers and its existing partners, the resources they need to create the next big thing in networking. Developers can use OpenLab education materials that teach the basics of software-based networking, and they can test their existing creations against Juniper products for interoperability purposes.

Jerry Passione, the general manager of OpenLab at Juniper, commented that this can advance the future of networking and assist businesses with all the networking problems they need to solve.

“OpenLab is a globally accessible resource created primarily to spark new ideas for network innovation through education and collaboration,” Passione said. “Juniper offers the technology, resources, and education that enables our customers to push the boundaries of networking, drive innovation, and create technologies that help them tackle their toughest business challenges.”

The global expansion is an ongoing process. It has already reached the cities of Sunnyvale, Calif.; London; Tokyo; Singapore; and Sydney. Future plans mean to take it to several more cities by the end of this year. Each site will sport educational programs such as seminars and competitive events such as hackathons – all of which Juniper host.

The Solutions Innovation Program offered at these sites can help developers take their own creations to market-ready performance. Vendors can access a number of Juniper applications and various software and hardware from Contrail, NorthStar, and vSRX. Extensive testing with these products can show developers where their creations can improve to be ready for commercial release. Juniper also offers professional support with its custom assessments and support for public releases of new products.

These global labs can offer something to developers that they may have a hard time finding outside their own walls. Personalized support and interoperability testing tools can be found at each physical site and in online portals Juniper has set up. For all beneficiaries of these assets, their development times should improve while also becoming more accurate. Public releases of new networking software and hardware should also improve and push the entire market forward.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

Contributing Writer

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