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Making it One

F.Y. Teng | May 27, 2010
In its drive to transform data centre economics and experience, Juniper Networks rolls out a whole host of solution offerings, backed by its high-performance networking technologies and expertise, and further bolstered by stellar partners such as VMWare and IBM. Asia Pacific Enterprise Architect Greg Bunt explains how Juniper is going to reduce the complexities of data centre networking economics.

Security: Junipers world-class network security helps IT adapt to new user behaviours and changing data flows in the data centre, driven in part by virtualisation, Web 2.0 and cloud services deployments. This dynamic security model is brought to life on Junipers SRX Series Services Gateways through new AppTrack software, which gives IT managers unprecedented application and user visibility to better manage data flows and pinpoint bottlenecks. In addition, Junos Pulse (now shipping) and Junos Space (including Security Design) enable IT to dynamically manage identities, applications and policies across their network from devices to data centres. Juniper also announced that IBM has started shipping OEM versions of the SRX Series, enabling IBM customers to get the worlds fastest network firewall as part of their integrated data centre solutions.

Also unveiled were services under the new Juniper Care Plus portfolio, which gives enterprise customers designated high-touch support, proactive automation tools…and personalised services such as education, network consulting and account management, and is available not just through Juniper but also its partners, including IBM, globally.

Greg Bunt, Junipers Asia Pacific Enterprise Architect (as well as Regional Director for Ethernet Switching), spoke with Computerworld Singapore

on the day of these big announcements. He provided us with the context of Junipers business moves to date in the networking and data centre space, explains the 3-2-1 concept (i.e. the three-, two- and one-tier data centre), and talked about the state of Asias data centres and networks at present and as they should move forward.

Below is the transcript of the first part of the interview.

Computerworld Singapore: Whats the state of networks and data centres today and whats the significance of this latest set of announcements?
Greg Bunt:
Its been two and half years since we launched our Ethernet switching portfolio. And a couple things we talked about then were around the economics of what we were trying to do. 2000. It was a beautiful year. Everybody had lots and lots of money, and the global financial crisis was something that happened in the 1930s.

It was a very buoyant time, and we came to market with values that we were bringing to enterprises and businesses in general. Our message: Were very good for you, we help you save money in a buoyant economy.

As it turned out, in 2009, our message resonated even more: Were great for you in a down economy. CIOs were driving cost containment or cost reduction efforts, and yet were still, in a lot of cases, trying to grow their business at the same time.

Really, what were talking about here is effectively a continuation of our vision when it comes to the data centre and networking as a whole, which is very much focused on the end-user experience. End users want their information resources fast, delivered to them quickly with no lag. Whether were in the middle of a recession or in a booming economy does not matter. As an end user accessing information, you want things to be going really, really quickly, and you want that to be a really good experience.


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