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Juniper Networks Announces Cloud CPE Software-Defined Networking

By Casey Houser November 04, 2015

Juniper Networks, a provider of software-defined networking (SDN) services for enterprises, recently announced the inclusion of Cloud CPE into its portfolio.

Cloud CPE, a virtual version of the typical consumer premises equipment, which allows businesses to connect to third-party developed networks, replaces physical hardware with software applications. As a network that utilizes network functions virtualization (NFV), its Cloud CPE comes with Juniper’s Contrail Service Orchestration management software and the NFX250 network services hardware that runs on-premise at any business location. Although hardware still exists at the client’s site, it remains limited to a single box that software manages.

Jonathan Davidson, the executive vice president and general manager of Juniper’s Development and Innovation department, commented that SDN can help enterprises scale their service delivery at a moment’s notice.

“As more and more of our service provider customers look to realize real business value from SDN and NFV, the need to have flexible solutions that effectively scale is critical. With the innovations we’re announcing today, service providers will be able to harness the power of scale-out services to improve their service delivery economics.”

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“For us at Juniper, it’s all about infusing automation into our customers’ networks to reduce time to market and speed time to revenue.”

The core of the Cloud CPE release truly lies in the Contrail Service Orchestration software. It handles all facets of networking by managing all the virtual services a business may need, including service provision and application and network security. It harnesses the power of the Juniper cloud to which the NFX250 device can attach.

While Contrail allows IT admins to access the entirety of their network functions, NFX250 puts those functions into play. It is powerful enough to handle both Juniper and third party applications throughout the course of a working day. Businesses need only one device to handle an entire network – a counter to the multiple pieces of hardware required in traditional, hardware-driven network infrastructures.

The name of the networking game is software. Hardware-driven systems are becoming as obsolete as they are clunky. It used to take months to provision an entire business network and deliver and set up the necessary components on site. That same process can now finish in a matter of days. Juniper is trying to get some of the action of that growing market.

Edited by Kyle Piscioniere

Contributing Writer

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