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Juniper Networks Introduces Its Vision, Strategy & Licensing Model for Software-Defined Networks

The cloud redefined networking. Now SDN is redefining the cloud.

Las Vegas, January 15th, 2013 - Software Defined Networking. It's the current buzz of the networking world. But as popular as the topic has been over the past year, it's still shrouded in misconception. Not only are there myths surrounding what it's about—is it about software? Reducing CAPEX? Data center networking? There are plenty of myths about where to get started, how long it will take before it catches on and even more myths about its potential.

The reality is that SDN really does hold exceptional promise for the future of networking. And Juniper has spent a great deal of time with some of the sharpest minds in the industry not only developing a point of view, but a plan.

Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR), the industry leader in network innovation, at its annual Global Partner Conference, introduced the most comprehensive vision in the industry to transition enterprises and service providers from traditional network infrastructures to software-defined networks (SDN) and outlined its strategy to lead the SDN market. Juniper's SDN strategy will enable companies to accelerate the design and delivery of new services, lower the cost of network operation, and provide a clear path to implementation.

Juniper's SDN strategy is rooted in six principles that directly address the most pressing networking challenges facing the industry today:

1. Cleanly separate networking software into four layers (or planes) -- management, services, control and forwarding -- providing the architectural underpinning to optimize each plane within the network.

2. Centralize the appropriate aspects of the management, services and control software to simplify network design and lower operating costs.

3. Use the cloud for elastic scale and flexible deployment, enabling usage-based pricing to reduce time-to-service and correlate cost based on value.

4. Create a platform for network applications, services and integration into management systems, enabling new business solutions.

5. Standardize protocols for interoperable, heterogeneous support across vendors, providing choice and lowering cost.

6. Broadly apply SDN principles to all networking and network services including security from the data center and enterprise campus to the mobile and wireline networks used by service providers.

More information: Juniper Networks