Juniper Networks broadens its SDN portfolio

Summary:While MWC is best known for its parade of gadgets, networking giants are courting wireless carriers with software defined networking.

Juniper Networks on Sunday outlined its latest effort to chase the virtual telecom dream at Mobile World Congress 2014.

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While MWC is best known for its parade of gadgets, networking giants are courting wireless carriers with software defined networking as well as tools that allow carriers to roll out Network Functions Virtualization (NPV), which promises to enable services to be deployed faster.

Last week, Alcatel-Lucent rolled out its NPV plans and touted a pilot with China Mobile.

On Sunday, it was Juniper's turn. The company said it will expand its software defined networking (SDN) portfolio with the following:

  • Junos Fusion, which ties together network parts from Juniper or third parties. Like Alcatel-Lucent and Cisco, the game appears to be to use software to run networks to minimize the dependence on hardware revenue. Fusion is interoperable with Juniper's routing platform and third party hardware too. Fusion will combine Juniper's Junos Space and Contrail technologies and be available in the second quarter.
  • Juniper's NorthStar Controller, a traffic engineering controller based on open standards. NorthStar, which will analyze costs and performance, will optimize network paths within networks and be available in the second half.
  • 1 TB line cards to scale Juniper's PTX routers.
  • New software for Juniper's MX Series routers to manage video, subscribers and applications.

Intelligence to implement security firewalls on the fly.

Juniper cited Sprint, Telefonica and NTT as reference customers.

Topics: Networking, MWC

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