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Juniper aims at SDN, NFV at GITEX

Company focuses on software-defined networking, network function virtualisation

Juniper aims at SDN, NFV at GITEX
Juniper expects to see SDN deployments in the next 24 months.

Juniper Networks says that it is hoping to focus on software-defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualisation (NFV) at this year’s GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK.

According to the company’s Vice President for the MEA Region, Adrian Pickering, Juniper expects most of its conversations with customers and partners to revolve around these next-generation networking technologies, despite the fact that both networking trends are still in their infancy.

“We’re getting a lot of interest from people who are just passing by. A lot of the customers are trying to figure out how they incorporate that into their planning, but it’s early days,” he says.

“I think over the next 12 to 24 months, we’ll start to see that type of tool being deployed into the infrastructure, which is quite interesting.”

Aside from leading discussions on NFV and SDN, Juniper Networks is also looking to head discussions with its regional carrier customers. According to Pickering, these discussions come as regional telecoms operators move to become more relevant to their enterprise customers by providing managed services and cloud offerings.

“Telcos have the infrastructures, and they’re looking to become more relevant to their business-end customers. We’re looking at how we can work together on cloud-type infrastructures and provide services to organisations who provide citizen-type services,” he says.

Indeed, the cloud conversation is also extending to Juniper’s enterprise customers, Pickering says, as more companies become more confident using cloud technologies and want to enable their networks for hybrid deployments.

Pickering adds that security is also top of the agenda for a number of Juniper’s enterprise customers, so the vendor is keen to meet customers this week to explain to them how they can better secure their networks.

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