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InterCloud, Juniper Demo Benefits of NFV

By Paula Bernier December 08, 2014

Managed services provider InterCloud Systems Inc. and network infrastructure giant Juniper Networks this week will be demonstrating how enterprises and service providers can leverage network functions virtualization to more efficiently run their networks and power their businesses. These joint activities will take place at a customer event Dec. 11 at Juniper’s open lab in Bridgewater, N.J.

NFV – which can eliminate physical appliances like application servers, load balancers, firewalls, and gateway routers, and instead bring their functionality to the network via software that can run on industry-standard servers – allows for automated network operations and expedited service introduction.

InterCloud System is a growing company that provides applications, cloud and managed services, infrastructure, professional services, and staffing. A year ago this month it revealed plans to purchase Integration Partners-NY Corporation.

Juniper is best known as a supplier of routers, and has been aggressively moving forward with a software-centric strategy. The company got its NFV strategy rolling with the acquisition of Contrail several months ago. Just last month, the company introduced a virtualization version of its MX Series 3D Universal Edge Routing platform, and unveiled the OCX1100 switch, which combines Open Compute Project hardware with its Junos OS operating system. OCX1100 will be available in the first quarter of next year.

"The introduction of the OCX1100 is an example of Juniper Networks not only embracing the disruption brought on by emerging cloud technologies, but also moving the industry forward by providing the largest cloud providers with a viable option to create cost-effective and reliable large scale data centers,” commented Mike Marcellin, senior vice president, strategy and marketing at Juniper Networks.

The move to software-centric solutions isn’t the only important recent change at Juniper Networks. The company’s CEO resigned unexpectedly last month. Shaygan Kheradpir, who in addition to holding the CEO post had also been a director at Juniper, was shown the door due to conduct during a customer negotiation.

Juniper also announced last month a new CEO, Rami Rahim, a 17-year employee of the company, who previously was executive vice president and general manager of Juniper Development and Innovation.

Want to hear more about the latest developments in Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and Software-Defined Networking (SDN)? Be sure to attend Software Telco Congress, taking place Jan. 28-29, 2015 at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

Executive Editor, TMC

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