SOURCE: Juniper Networks

Juniper Networks

May 17, 2010 13:02 ET

"There's An App for That?" Juniper Unveils New Software, Services to Automate Data Center Networks

Junos® Space Accelerates Provisioning, Management and Support; Automated Service Eliminates "20 Questions" Routine

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwire - May 17, 2010) -  Juniper Networks® (NYSE: JNPR) today introduced new software and services that significantly improve the automated provisioning, management and support of enterprise and data center networks. The software applications help businesses of any size dramatically lower the cost of data center operations, while enhancing user experiences through improved service delivery, reliability and security.

The new applications are built on Junos Space, which Juniper introduced last October as an industry-first open development and deployment platform for network applications. Junos Space enables customers and third-party developers to create specialized applications that simplify network operations, automate support and accelerate service delivery. Together with the Junos operating system and Junos Pulse client software, Junos Space provides an open cross-network software platform that allows customers to directly program multiple layers of their networks for rich user experiences, smart economics and fast time to market.

Today's announcements include four new applications that enable IT managers to orchestrate the automation and security of networks from a single user-oriented management interface:

  • Juniper Virtual Control - The first open, web-based application to accelerate virtual server deployments, Virtual Control (expected availability in Q3) enables network administrators to manage not just physical networks but also virtual networks -- from a common orchestration interface. This minimizes errors, reduces operational complexity and cuts costs while delivering on the promise of the virtualized data center. To enable Virtual Control, Juniper announced a new collaboration with VMware that takes advantage of their open APIs to achieve seamless orchestration across both physical and virtual network elements.
  • Juniper Ethernet Design - A unified Ethernet management application that enables the data center or campus network to dial up or down as needed in response to the needs of applications and users. This includes automating configuration, visualization, monitoring, administration and protection of large-scale switch and router networks. Ethernet Design (available now) enables an administrator to deploy and manage thousands of network devices as easily as a single device.
  • Juniper Security Design - A new software application (expected availability in Q2) that allows point-and-click turn-up of both security devices and services (such as firewall, NAT, and VPN) with minimal human intervention while meeting stringent compliance mandates. Security Design's unique policy abstraction techniques mean network administrators, not security experts, can manage user rule sets and deploy security services.
  • Juniper Service Insight - A new software-and-services application (expected availability in Q3) that delivers unmatched proactive detection, diagnosis and resolution of network performance issues. These services enable rapid network planning and troubleshooting, as well as reduced cost and time-to-resolution by eliminating time-consuming manual operations, cutting the time spent per case or escalation dramatically. Juniper also announced that IBM's Hardware Maintenance Services will leverage Service Now to support Juniper devices worldwide

In addition to the four new applications above, Junos Space already ships with three existing applications from Juniper: Network Activate, which enables customers to quickly create and activate services, including activation of VPN services up to 10 times faster than competitive products; Route Insight, which provides DVR-like recording and playback capability to plan, simulate and troubleshoot MPLS networks; and Service Now, which speeds resolution of service issues by having Juniper systems "call" Juniper support experts with troubleshooting data and details, saving valuable time for both customers and service technicians.

"Data centers are the lifeblood of enterprise and service provider networks. Adding transparency to the user experience while cutting total operating and maintenance costs is a critical need in the marketplace," said Manoj Leelanivas, executive vice president and general manager of Junos Ready Software at Juniper Networks. "Our new automated software and services help eliminate complexities, streamline operations and improve management controls for a better network."

To enable Virtual Control, Juniper announced a new collaboration with VMware that takes advantage of their open APIs to achieve seamless orchestration across both physical and virtual network elements. Working together with VMware vSphere™, Juniper Virtual Control is expected to improve business agility by accelerating server virtualization deployments. Prior to the arrival of Virtual Control there has been no simple, automated and open solution to synchronize physical and virtual networks.

"Customers want an open environment with choice and flexibility rather than proprietary lock-in," said Parag Patel, vice president, Global Strategic Alliances, VMware. "Juniper shares this vision and is now offering a solution to Juniper and VMware customers that provides collaborative management between VMware and Junos Space. The Juniper Virtual Control application takes advantage of the open APIs in VMware vSphere™ to achieve seamless orchestration across both physical and virtual network elements. The result is a faster and simpler operations environment that reduces human errors and saves time and money."

"Network managers often lack access to the virtual switch, and if they need multiple tools to manage physical and virtual networks, it naturally creates obstacles to service creation and streamlined operations," said Zeus Kerravala, distinguished research fellow with Yankee Group. "With Junos Space as a platform combined with Juniper's new automation applications, administrators can quickly improve data center performance, while lowering the overall complexity and cost of implementing and managing virtual environments."

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