@import url(http://admin.itworldcanada.com/CuteSoft_Client/CuteEditor/Load.ashx?type=style&file=SyntaxHighlighter.css);@import url(/arca/css_new/editordropdown.css); The last of the big networking manufacturers has revealed its software-defined networking strategy.
And while Juniper Networks doesn’t have all of the pieces yet, the company says it will have one major component in a few weeks that some customers will be able leverage to begin their SDN voyage.
In an interview Brad Brooks, Juniper’s vice-president of marketing and strategy, said the company’s vision differs from others in its completeness.
“We’re not talking about something that might happen in a couple of years,” he said. “We’ve given explicit steps with a time frame against each step.”
One part of the Juniper plan, for a software controller based on technology from its December purchase of Contrail Systems, won’t be on the market until 2014. Applications that will use the services platform Juniper is creating may be released later this year.
However, industry analysts say Juniper has done a good job in explaining its vision.
Zeus Kerravala, principal of ZK Research, admitted the presentation by Juniper executives left him wanting more detail on upcoming products that will take advantage of the strategy. But, he added, it was better than what a number of other companies have done.
Juniper may not want to tip its hand too soon, he added. He believes the company wants to avoid the problem suffered by its QFabric data centre fabric announcement, which was made long before product capable of delivering on the vision was ready.
“From a vision perspective, it certainly has substance, it seems to be well thought out and leverages Junipers technical strengths and existing assets (like the Contrail controller),” Bob Laliberte
of the Enterprise Strategy Group said in an email. “The really hard part however is still to come, and that is turning the vision into reality.”
Juniper said its strategy for creating an SDN architecture and products is built around six principles:
--Separating networking software into four layers or planes – management, services, control and data forwarding – within networking devices.