The AT&T Foundry, UT Dallas and Juniper OpenLab Hackathon Update
We are off to a roaring start at the AT&T Foundry and Juniper OpenLabs Hackathon in conjunction with the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Texas in Dallas. Yesterday the students attended a session on Entrepreneurship and today they are diving into an overview of Software Defined Networks and the Junos Developer Network. It’s events like this that give students the opportunity to demonstrate their skills as developers, future business leaders and entrepreneurs.
Later today the students will start building applications using the Junos Space SDK to monitor real-time traffic, aggregate data for operators and dynamically provision network elements based on what they have learned. These are real life examples of problems and opportunities that customers face daily.
I’m always amazed at what these students come-up with and their ability to think outside of the box. Hal summed it up correctly yesterday when he alluded to the magic that occurs when a student goes to the whiteboard and starts the discussion with the simple phrase “what if.” My hope is that these students walk away from this event with new insights on what is possible.
Who knows we may have the next AT&T or Juniper Distinguished Engineer in the crowd or better yet maybe the next Pradeep Sindhu or Alexander Graham Bell participating this week.
Keep checking back throughout the week for more updates on what is happening at the event.
Juniper’s first OpenLab, based in central New Jersey, is a center for software excellence to drive new network innovation across an entrepreneurial IP networking ecosystem embracing our customers, partners, universities and other industry organizations. We’ve been testing out the new facility for a couple of months now and will be holding the official grand opening in June.
OpenLab ‘s focus is on igniting the development of new network-integrated software applications as enabled by our suite of programmable software platforms. In concert with our progressive software mission, OpenLab will serve as a key instrument in enhancing the network’s value as a strategic and competitive asset for our customers.
If you would like to learn more about this incredible resource visit our website at https://developer.juniper.net/content/jdn/en/community/openlab.html.
I was reading an article in Network World yesterday and ran across an interesting new term called cloudwashing. Cloudwashing is when a vendor slaps the cloud label on existing products – Oh the shame. This is another classic example of marketing attempting to replace engineering with the latest buzzword.
The article goes on to explain how companies like Juniper don’t fall into this class by sticking to their core strengths and positioning themselves as enablers of the cloud. They do this by providing the underlying hardware and software just like they’ve been doing for enterprise and service provider customers for decades.
A good example of this can be found with QFabric. QFabric is a new switching architecture announced in March that creates a single logical switch connecting the entire data center. It replaces Spanning Tree which links access, aggregation and core switches. By flattening the three-tier network, QFabric reduces latency in the data center, where most of the networking communication happens between servers or between servers and storage.
When you get a minute, checkout the Network World article at http://bit.ly/u1ZK6O.
Junos Space is an Open Programable Platform that allows you to create network aware applications. JouleX leveraged the Junos SDK in their energy management solution to enable our joint customers to be more successful. By leveraging our REST based APIs, JouleX was able to bring their solution to market in weeks instead of months. Here’s a short video of Kevin Johnson and the CEO of JouleX discussing the JouleX solution.
Deployment of the Juniper Networks® Junos® Pulse Mobile Security Suite and Juniper Networks SA Series SSL VPN Appliances – initially in India – enables Essar to provide remote and mobile employees, customers and partners with anytime, anywhere secure SSL VPN access to corporate network resources and applications from a wide range of mobile devices. The Juniper Networks® Junos Pulse Mobile Security Suite – which integrates mobile security, secure connectivity and mobile device management – supports the adoption of a “bring your own device” policy for Essar employees.
Read more about this win – http://www.juniper.net/us/en/company/press-center/press-releases/
Good paper just posted on the Juniper Developer Network (JDN) about the evolution of the Network Operating System. The paper discusses the requirements and challenges inherent in the design of a carrier-class network operating system (OS). Key facets of Juniper Networks® Junos® operating system, Juniper’s network operating system, are used to illustrate the evolution of OS design and underscore the relationship between functionality and architectural decisions. The challenge of designing a contemporary network operating system is examined from different angles, including flexibility, ability to power a wide range of platforms, nonstop operation, and parallelism. Architectural challenges, trade-offs and opportunities are identified, as well as some of the best practices in building state-of-the-art network operating systems.
It’s great to be partnering with AT&T on Mobile Security. Junos Pulse is an integrated, multi-service network client which through mobile or non-mobile devices provides dynamic connectivity, security, and application acceleration with a user experience that requires little or no user interaction. It is identity- and location-aware, and seamlessly migrates from one access method to another based on device location.
Junos Pulse provides:
Identity-enables network security, access, and application acceleration, increasing visibility and manageability. It allows secure access to network resources based on user identity and role.
Reduces the cost and time associated with deployment.
Uses industry and open standards-based Trusted Network Connect (TNC) specifications.
Junos Pulse is the only integrated access, security, and acceleration client that today’s businesses need. Learn more at http://www.juniper.net/au/en/products-services/software/junos-platform/junos-pulse/.
To learn more about our developer programs at Juniper visit http://www.juniper.net/us/en/products-services/junos-developer/.
The study, conducted by Forrester Consulting, Inc. (NASDAQ: FORR), demonstrates that through the use of JUNOS Software and Juniper switches and routers, companies achieved an overall reduction in operational costs for specific network operations tasks, including planning and provision, deployment, planned and unplanned network events.
Among other top-line results, the study reports a 41% reduction in overall network operations costs based on dollar savings across specific task categories: planned events, reduction in frequency and duration of unplanned network events, the sum of planned and unplanned events, the time needed to resolve unplanned network events and the “adding infrastructure” task. The study also reveals:
* 54% reduction in maintenance and support costs (a “planned events” category)
* 27% reduction in network downtime (based on reduction in frequency and duration of unplanned network events)
* 41% increase in network stability/reliability (the sum of planned and unplanned events)
* 40% decrease in time to resolution (the time needed to resolve unplanned network events)
* 25% reduction in cost to deploy (the “adding infrastructure” task)
Junos demonstrates the power of one operating system to reduce complexity. Read the complete report at http://www.juniper.net/us/en/company/press-center/press-releases/2009/pr_2009_02_24-08_02.html and stay tuned for more news about how you can leverage Junos to program the new network.