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Juniper launches Junosphere Classroom

Service gives virtual, cloud-based learning environment for students, professionals

Juniper launches Junosphere Classroom
Juniper has announced its new cloud-based education software, Junosphere Classroom.

Juniper Networks has announced the new cloud-based Junosphere Classroom service, which is designed to aid educational institutions, partners and customers to educate networking students and professionals more efficiently and cost-effectively.

The Junosphere Classroom software is based on the new cloud environment Junosphere, which enables the creation and modelling of virtual networks and elements running the Junos operating system.

Junosphere Classroom allows customers to create and operate virtual Junos-based networks designed to ensure that students do not need the physical classroom environment and physical hardware.

"The research and education we perform at Georgia Tech's Network Operations and Internet Security Lab depends on the ability to experiment using OS and protocols running in today's commercial networks," said Nick Feamster, associate professor, Georgia Institute of Technology. "Junosphere Classroom is an exciting new product because it enables programmes like ours to experiment and learn with the Junos OS in a virtual environment, which could free us from the expense and scalability limitations of a physical networking lab."

Juniper Networks hosts Junosphere Classroom resources in data centres, designed using Juniper's networking and security technologies. These data centres are accessible to students via a secure internet connection, any time and any where.

"Junosphere Classroom is a first-of-its-kind offering that highlights Juniper's innovation and the value of our focus on a software business model," said Manoj Leelanivas, executive vice president, Junos Application Software Group, Juniper Networks. "Junosphere Classroom brings the power of Junos to the cloud, enabling our customers to learn and experiment in ways never before possible. Ultimately, this ground-breaking service extends the value of our new network strategy built on a single Junos OS to customers and Juniper alike."

In addition to Georgia Institute of Technology and Princeton University, Queen Mary, University of London is using Junosphere Classroom as part of its internet and networking education and research programme.

The Junosphere Classroom is available immediately as both a standalone offering and as part of Juniper Networks Academic Alliance (JNAA) and Juniper Networks Authorized Educations Partner (JNAEP) programmes, which provide pre-packaged curricula and courseware.

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