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Cisco Vs. Juniper

SAJAN PAUL,

MAHESH GUPTA,

Director–Systems Engineering, Juniper Networks, India

VP, Borderless Networks, Cisco India and SAARC

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Who will have an edge when Software Defined Networks become a reality?

ISCO HAS aligned itself with the definition of SDN

as proposed by the Open Network Foundation, and has led several aspects of technical specification development over the past year. We believe that the future of networking will be categorized by a unification of hardware and software. Since customers prefer an application-centric view of their networks, we have adopted a multi-threaded approach for our strategy around SDN. Leading the SDN wave, Cisco recently unveiled its Open Network Environment strategy—popularly known as Cisco ONE. The Cisco ONE approach will be executed through a rich set of APIs, agents and controllers, and overlay networks. New offerings included onePK (One platform kit)— a developer kit across Cisco’s entire network infrastructure, spanning across IOS, NX-OS and IOR-XR. Further, Cisco’s Nexus 1000V has been enhanced to include OpenStack support, VLAN-VXLAN gateway functionality, as well as multi-hypervisor support for deployment in cloud and multi-tenant environments. For us, SDN and OpenFlow are integral aspects of the Cisco ONE strategy. They provide different solutions based on customer motivation, whether they are enterprise users, service providers, cloud providers, or massively scalable datacenters. Our strategic roadmap around SDN involves educating the workforce and partners to come up to speed with these emerging concepts. The acquisition of privately-held vCider is well-aligned to Cisco ONE’s strategy and solidifies Cisco’s stance in this space. As a company, we will continue to invest in, and bring synergy across both hardware and software, drive consistency between physical and virtual, and blur the boundaries across the network.

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T ITS core, the SDN approach aims to extract more value from the network, by allowing applications to interact with the network, optimize resource allocation, and collect important intelligence from the network. Long before the term SDN was coined, Juniper’s disruptive network architectures were built on the premise of using innovative software to give customers unprecedented levels of flexibility and control, with the end goal of transforming the economics and experience of networking. By simultaneously simplifying and opening up the network, Juniper pioneered the core capabilities and concepts behind SDNs. With the QFabric datacenter architecture, Juniper has leveraged the SDN approach to challenge the status quo in datacenter switching. In the process, QFabric has reset the bar on datacenter connectivity and performance, and is the first commercially available SDN. We have introduced a series of groundbreaking innovations through our “programmable network” initiative. Junos SDK is the first in industry to open up a world-class routing engine for open development. In addition to this, Juniper is dedicated to accelerating key capabilities and technologies that will be critical for SDNs to realize their full potential over the long term, like simplifying networks to optimize SDNs, initiating and accelerating SDNs, and fusing innovation in network software and hardware. Juniper is in a unique position with its ‘New Network’ vision to drive the SDN wave.

— As told to Shantheri Mallaya

Channelworld Magazine November 2012 Issue  

Channelworld Magazine November 2012 Issue

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