Biztech Jun 12, 2013
Juniper Networks, the network solutions provider, has announced a holistic set of network automation and orchestration tools for simplifying datacentre operations. Extending the benefits of a simple to manage, flat, any-to-any network architecture, Juniper’s automation solutions incorporate continued advancements on its networking platforms and Junos operating system, as well as integration with leading orchestration and IT automation platforms, such as OpenStack and Puppet.
Designed with a flexible and open standards-based framework, Juniper’s network automation solutions simplifies the datacentre by enabling automation across the full operations lifecycle – from network provisioning to management to orchestration – to streamline processes and eliminate the risk of human error. These solutions allow enterprises to capitalise on the benefits network automation has to offer today, with the flexibility to implement new and emerging technologies in the future, such as software-defined networking (SDN), as dictated by evolving business needs.
Zero-touch provisioning, available on Juniper Networks EX Series and QFX Series switches, enable network administrators to provision new switches within the network without manual intervention. Once initial set-up is complete, Juniper Networks Junos Space Network Director provides a single network view, delivering a full lifecycle management solution that includes configuration, event management and monitoring.
To increase business agility through IT automation, Juniper has integrated Puppet Labs software into the Junos operating system. Available now on the EX Series, QFX Series and the MX Series platforms, Puppet Enterprise for Junos OS lets IT teams seamlessly manage compute resources and networking infrastructure simultaneously. Rather than opening change tickets and waiting for network administrators to add VLANs to top-of-rack (ToR) switch ports, server administrators can use Puppet Enterprise for Junos OS to make these changes the same way they configure and provision servers today. Building upon Juniper’s continued commitment to open standards, this solution is vendor-neutral and open source, allowing customers to modify it to suit their needs.
A Gold member of the OpenStack community, Juniper’s EX Series switches, QFX Series switches and QFabric integrates with OpenStack via the OpenStack Networking plugin. This integration simplifies the deployment of private, public and hybrid clouds through a set of standard application programming interfaces (APIs). Customers can deploy multi-tiered datacentre applications faster and have greater flexibility managing both the physical network and virtual network infrastructures through either JunosV Contrail or VMware-based solutions.
“It’s a given that enterprises today are constantly being asked to do more with less. Yet new applications, services and workloads are being introduced all the time, putting additional strain on a network that’s already operating at full capacity. Other vendors try to solve the problem through point products that require network upgrades and new hardware. At Juniper, we are working with customers to help them increase network agility and simplify network operations through programmable platforms and reliability at scale based on hardware and software solutions that protect our customer’s investment. Everything we do, from new product development, incorporating open standards, to collaboration with leading technology partners, stems from this approach,” said Jonathan Davidson, Senior Vice President, Campus and Datacentre Business Unit, Juniper Networks.