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|Juniper Networks Partners with Affirmed Networks and Netronome to Deliver a Scalable Cloud Solution for Mobile Subscriber Services|
|Posted: Mon Feb 27, 2017 04:44:31 PM|
Joint Solution Harnesses the Power of Virtualization and Hardware Acceleration to Provide Improved Total Cost of Ownership and Greater Performance for Mobile Operators
SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwired - February 27, 2017) - Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR), an industry leader in automated, scalable and secure networks, today announced the availability of a carrier-grade cloud solution that allows the rapid implementation of mobile subscriber service virtual networks functions (VNFs) with the performance, reliability and scale that customers expect. The solution combines Affirmed Networks® Mobile Content Cloud™ virtualized evolved packet core solution (vEPC) with Juniper Networks® Contrail Networking and Netronome® Agilio® SmartNICs to significantly improve performance and efficiency compared to software-only virtual routing solutions.
The growth in mobile data, 5G and IoT has caused mobile operators to be under pressure to enable the benefits of cloud services in their infrastructure, with Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) at the forefront of this architectural shift to the cloud. "Service providers looking to deploy cloud-based mobile subscriber solutions recognize the benefits offered by Network Functions Virtualization, including capital and operational savings, agility and reduced time to launch new services. It is also imperative that carrier-grade performance and reliability is maintained," said Cliff Grossner, Senior Research Director and Advisor, Cloud & Data Center Research Practice at IHS Markit. "In a recent IHS Markit report, 44% of service provider respondents indicated they would deploy NFV for improved real-time network optimization and 63% said carrier-grade performance was an important barrier that had to be overcome. Operators are signaling that integrated and highly scalable solutions that can scale with demand will get their attention."1
Unfortunately, in pursuit of realizing the benefits associated with leveraging NFV, many organizations have been challenged by the limitations of commodity hardware running software not optimized for cloud-scale virtualized environments, resulting in limited throughput and scalability. To address these challenges, Juniper Networks, Affirmed Networks and Netronome together deliver a carrier-grade, highly scalable solution that enables hardware acceleration of cloud-based VNFs for mobile operators. This approach enables the benefits of both SDN and NFV while offering up to six times cost per unit core savings compared to software-only virtual routing solutions. The solution also enables the best of both worlds by combining the flexibility and agility of a software-based solution with the performance of a hardware platform.
The solution includes the following components:
"Juniper is dedicated to helping our customers build highly scalable and reliable networks that utilize automation and intelligence to deliver new services efficiently and economically. Teaming up with Affirmed and Netronome allows us to deliver solutions that enable mobile service offerings, without compromising performance, reliability or scalability. This announcement also further solidifies Contrail Networking as a leading SDN Controller in a carrier-grade cloud platform to empower virtualized network functions as demanding and distributed as the Affirmed Networks Mobile Content Cloud for mobile core services." -- Paul Obsitnik, vice president of Portfolio Marketing at Juniper Networks
"We are thrilled to continue to work with Juniper Networks to help mobile operators experience the many benefits that virtualized networks provide. By increasing the performance of virtualized applications, operators benefit from significant capital and operational savings, while also gaining a level of performance that far exceeds what is possible in legacy environments." -- Angela Whiteford, vice president of Product Management and Marketing at Affirmed Networks
"The need to deliver high-performance and efficiency across a wide range of VM and VNF workloads in cloud data centers is fracturing the networking infrastructure into silos and vendor locks, defeating the very purpose of NFV and SDN. Combining Juniper's Contrail Networking solution, Affirmed Networks Mobile Content Cloud and the Netronome Agilio SmartNIC platform enables a high performance and homogenous NFV infrastructure where VM and VNF workloads can be optimally placed and moved to deliver the needed performance and scale for next generation 4G and 5G applications at the lowest TCO." -- Sujal Das, chief marketing and strategy officer at Netronome