Juniper Networks is serving up a platter of new products and services at its inaugural Nxtwork Customer Summit Tuesday, including a new cloud platform and the separation of its Junos operating system from its hardware.
More than two years in the works, Juniper’s Cloud CPE is as an end-to-end platform for telco and cable service providers, and it’s the latest addition to the company’s NFV stable. Denise Shiffman, vice president for Juniper Developer and Innovation, says that Cloud CPE is based on ETSI’s management and orchestration (MANO) software stack and that it’s designed to help service providers virtualize and automate their data centers.
“Today at the edge, you have these secure routers sitting there that can’t run a virtualized service on them, and you have a bunch of appliances providing the services that the customer wants,” Shiffman says. “We want to replace all of those pieces with a network services platform that runs virtual services, and it’s part of this end-to end Cloud CPE automation solution, meaning those services are brought up, managed and configured in an automated way from the data center.”
The end result for service providers is the spinning-up of services at a faster rate, which allows their enterprise customers to cash in sooner without needing “IT knowledge,” Shiffman says — these being the basic tenets of NFV as a service.
The Cloud CPE service has three delivery models: from a telco’s data center to the end user, a point-of-presence (PoP), or at the customer edge.
Cloud CPE makes use of Juniper’s Contrail Software Suite, which is comprised of Contrail Networking, Contrail Cloud, and Contrail Service Orchestration. The first two pieces are available now, but Contrail Service Orchestration is new, a software suite that sits on top of the other Contrail platforms, controlling virtual network functions from Juniper or other vendors. It also includes an administrator’s web portal and a customer self-service portal.
Another element to Cloud CPE is Juniper’s NFX250 on-premises device, designed to eliminate the need for multiple boxes at customers’ sites. First in a series of network devices coming from Juniper, the NFX250 can run multiple virtual network functions from Juniper and third parties.
The NFX250 is slated to ship in in the first half of next year, while Contrail Service Orchestration will be available next month. The Contrail Software Suite suite will be available in the fourth quarter.
Junos OS Flies Solo
Juniper Networks is also announcing that it’s disaggregating Junos, which means customers can develop and install third-party applications directly onto supported Juniper switches. It also means that Junos software now works on Open Network Install Environment (ONIE) third-party switches.
“Another key to this modularization and virtualization of Junos is that we’ve taken some of functionality out of Junos and put it in a Linux container,” Shiffman says.
“The reason we did this is because it enabled our customers, even our channel partners, to run full DevOps on a switch,” Shiffman says. “They can design and define applications, scripts, or capabilities that they want to run directly on the switch without having to use or go through Junos.”
Juniper also introduced the QFX5200 series of access switches as the first full platform that can run the disaggregated Junos software as well as support the emerging 25- and 50-Gb/s Ethernet standard. Shiffman says that the 5200 will help drive the migration from 10 Gb/s to 100 Gb/s in data centers.
The QFX5200 switch with Junos disaggregation will start shipping next month. Pricing, to be announced when the product ships, will be available via perpetual and subscription-based models.