Networks are getting more complicated by the day, and as Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS), software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) continue to provide better solutions, automation is the next logical evolution in the technology. Juniper Networks says the next overarching theme is how to evolve from network management to orchestration, and it is bringing its Self-Driving Network to the MPLS + SDN + NFV World Congress in Paris to highlight the need to move in this direction.
The MPLS + SDN + NFV World Congress brings together more than 1,500 representatives from service providers, networking companies and enterprises from 65 countries to discuss these technologies and announce innovations that have been developed.
For Juniper Networks, the issue is automation and how to drive the adoption of autonomous networks with little or no human intervention that are able to configure, monitor and maintain themselves by adapting to their operating environments. Although SDN and NFV have advanced this concept and they are key components of the future of network technology, Juniper believes there should be a comprehensive system, the Self-Driving Network.
The Self-Driving Network will, according to Juniper, restore the economic sustainability of your infrastructure by adaptively meeting your business goals on its own. This is being made possible with artificial intelligence and advances that are taking place in the segment. With this technology, Juniper says the complex programming and management tasks that are needed to run today's networks can be eliminated with an autonomous network that's programmed to independently carry out your objectives.
Autonomous networks can predict performance issues before users are affected and they will self-configure, monitor, manage, correct, defend and analyze these functions on their own or with minimal intervention from IT personnel.
Juniper Network says, “Working together, automation and orchestration simplify network operations that involve complex configurations. They also lower configuration and provisioning errors, improving network availability. This combined solution helps IT teams improve both efficiency and effectiveness.”
If the Self-Driving Network delivers as promised, it will get rid of operational tasks that are resource intensive and free IT staff. This will lower operational costs and accelerate the deployment of new services to market while improving the security, reliability and resiliency of the organization.
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