Photo - Wan Kamal, MD of ASEAN, Juniper Networks.
The most comprehensive software-defined networks (SDN) framework in the industry is now available to the Malaysian market, said networking provider Juniper Networks.
Juniper Networks ASEAN managing director Wan Kamal said that as companies in Malaysia move to cloud and other computing environments, Juniper's SDN strategy would help companies speed the design and delivery of new services, lower the cost of network operation, and provide a clear path to implementation.
"SDN is a major shift in the networking industry," said Wan. "At Juniper, we think the impact of SDN will be much broader than others have suggested. It will redefine networking and create new winners and losers."
"We're embracing SDN with clearly defined principles, a four-step roadmap to help customers adopt SDN within their business, and the networking industry's first comprehensive software-centric business model," he said. "We're incredibly excited about the value that SDN will deliver to our customers and are committed to leading the industry through this transition."
Analyst firm IDC's senior vice president, Vernon Turner, said: "SDN is frequently discussed in narrow terms rather than holistically, with solutions focused mostly in the forwarding and data planes. Juniper's approach is one of the most comprehensive that we've seen to date from any networking provider - from both a technology and business model perspective."
Juniper's Wan said Juniper's SDN strategy, rooted in six principles, directly addresses the most pressing networking challenges facing Malaysian enterprises and service providers today. These are:
1. Cleanly separate networking software into four layers (or planes) - management, services, control and forwarding - providing the architectural underpinning to optimise each plane within the network.
2. Centralise the appropriate aspects of the management, services and control software to simplify network design and lower operating costs.
3. Use the cloud for elastic scale and flexible deployment, enabling usage-based pricing to reduce time-to-service and correlate cost based on value.
4. Create a platform for network applications, services and integration into management systems, enabling new business solutions.
5. Standardise protocols for interoperable, heterogeneous support across vendors, providing choice and lowering cost.
6. Broadly apply SDN principles to all networking and network services including security from the data centre and enterprise campus to the mobile and wireline networks used by service providers.
Juniper Networks is the only networking provider with an SDN strategy that addresses the key challenges customers face with networks today and provides a clear set of steps that can enable Malaysia to start taking advantage of the promise of an SDN-enabled network in 2013 and beyond, he added.
"SDN promises a way for the networking industry to deliver two critically needed benefits to its customers," said Juniper Networks co-founder and chief technical officer, Pradeep Sindhu. "The first is the ability of vendors to deliver innovation at a faster rate and the ability of customers to absorb it at a faster rate. The second is a dramatic reduction in the operational cost of running a network, achieved primarily through simplification. Juniper pioneered the first step in the separation of control and forwarding functions in networking equipment. This is the next logical step in the evolution of networking technology."
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