Businesses are increasingly embracing dynamic applications, such as web, mobile, cloud, and big data services to drive more revenue. These new-generation applications need to run in a distributed fashion and process asynchronous tasks and requests in parallel. In addition, they must always be available to serve the needs of all the users spread across a wide geographic region. As a result, telecom operators are finding they need to deploy special purpose hardware appliances for each new in-demand IT-as-a-service (ITaaS) solution they want to offer. This can add complexity, cost, and management overhead that reduces any ROI they hope to achieve on these new services.
Two new videos featured on the SDNCentral Juniper Channel demonstrate how enterprises and operators alike can build virtualized networks that not only deliver the elasticity, agility, and multi-tenancy that ITaaS requires, but also the workflow automation and mobility demanded across physical and virtual environments.
By taking a look at Mock Financial, a global organization relying on Fast and Furious as its service provider, the “Production-ready Network Function Virtualization through Contrail” video shows how operators can take advantage of network functions virtualization (NVF) to more quickly deploy new services and capture increased opportunity. It demonstrates how IT virtualization technology can be used to consolidate many network equipment types onto industry-standard, high-volume servers, switches, and storage solutions. In turn, these can be used to run different functions in software wherever they are needed in the network.
The video also discusses how NFV can enable operators to more efficiently provision and scale out new services, reduce time to market for those services, and reduce capex and opex. It’s a good illustration of how NFV integrates with virtual appliance markets and can open up pure software vendors for new innovation. Of course, NFV complements SDN, because once network functions are virtualized they can be dynamically chained in the required sequence by an SDN Controller.
The second video explains how Mock Financial built its own enterprise private cloud and launched a big data application – with a front-end web tier and a back-end database tier – in a matter of minutes. More specifically, the demo provides a step-by-step look at how Mock Financial was able to get two networks up and running and connected to one another using Juniper Contrail. This implementation allowed employees to deploy multi-tier applications, connect a dynamically instantiated VM to the Internet, and troubleshoot with granular network analytics.
It’s a good example of how a proactive overlay approach, with network virtualization and orchestration on top of the IP fabric, can create an open architecture to support an elastic and highly available infrastructure and deliver powerful analytics to monitor and troubleshoot physical and virtual networks.
These two videos, found in the Demonstrations section of the Juniper Channel, are part of a series addressing the elastic cloud and ITaaS. The demo series showcases how the approach of the Juniper Contrail solution can help operators meet the challenges of network virtualization. It’s an example of how they can start to take advantage of the dynamic service automation and powerful analytics capabilities promised by NFV and SDN to help them build elastic, open, and secure multi-tenant clouds that can be used to quickly roll out new services.
Watch the Contrail video demo series and learn more at the Juniper Networks Channel featured on SDNCentral.
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