Juniper Networks is wooing enterprise buyers with a fresh-baked batch of new products and a strategy built around multicloud.
That is, Juniper wants to be able to connect enterprise workloads regardless of where they are, and enable the requisite policies and security controls to extend from the premises data center into and across the public cloud. And do it simply and effectively.
“The promise of multicloud is workload mobility, so policies and security need to be mobile too,” said Mike Bushong, Juniper’s Vice President of Enterprise Cloud Marketing in a briefing.
“So we are driving to make multicloud simpler and more consumable for the enterprise.”
To that end, the company is rolling out new products for the data center, the campus, the branch, and (of course) the cloud.
In The Data Center
First, Juniper is rolling out new QFX spine and leaf switches for the data center, including switches built on Juniper’s custom ASIC as well as Broadcom silicon. These switches, as well as other QFX models, support EVPN VXLAN for an L2/L3 overlay fabric.
The models include:
-Spine or edge/DCI
-Deep buffer interfaces
-48x25GbE, 100GbE uplinks
Juniper also announced new QFX MACsec line cards for the QFX1000 family to encrypt within the data center or between data centers.
In The Campus
Juniper now offers cloud-based management of EX Series and SRX Series switches and firewalls via a service called Sky Enterprise.
Offered as a SaaS product, administrators can use Sky Enterprise to provision and deploy devices, change configurations, monitor resource usage and capacity, push bulk software updates, and monitor threats in SRX security devices.
The company has also partnered with Aerohive so that you can monitor some brands of Aerohive APs from Sky Enterprise. However, you can’t manage the APs; that still falls to Aerohive’s own HiveManager.
“We aren’t trying to create a competitive product for Aerohive,” said Bushong. “They are a partner, not a competitor.”
Juniper positions Sky Enterprise as “Meraki-like.” At present, it only works with Juniper gear (aside from the Aerohive APs), but because it’s API-driven, it could be extended to cover other third-party equipment.
The campus also gets new switches, including:
-Up to 12 ports
-1 or 2.5GbE
-Up to 24 ports
-1 to 10GbE
In The Branch
Juniper’s SD-WAN solution is built on its NFX line for the customer CPE, with Contrail as the cloud orchestration platform.
The NFX boxes include the vSRX for firewall, security, and application identification; a hybrid WAN capability to combine MPLS, broadband, and LTE connectivity; and the ability to support VNFs from Juniper and third parties.
The company has announced a new set of devices, the NFX 150 line, in the product family. The NFX 150 family runs Intel’s ATOM processor and is available in either desktop or 1RU form factors.
In The Cloud
Finally, Juniper is making its vSRX virtual security appliance and its vMX virtual router available in AWS and Azure. The goal is to make it easier to spin up secure connections between data center or branch locations and public cloud services.
Juniper has developed templates for customers to automate the setup of these virtual appliances. Customers can use Terraform from HashiCorp, CloudFormation from Amazon, or Ansible playbooks.
By providing these templates, Juniper aims to make it easier for developers to provision cloud services while enabling network and security teams to ensure these services meet policy and security requirements.
Flowers, Candy & Love Poems
Juniper, Cisco, VMware and other traditional IT vendors are watching customers put more and more workloads into the public cloud. If these legacy companies want to stay relevant and profitable, they know they have to do two things:
1. Make their own products easier to operate.
2. Convince customers that they have software and services that are relevant in public cloud environments.
Neither of these are simple tasks, but you can see the vendors tackling them through efforts such as Cisco’s SD-Access and DNA Center, VMware’s push to build an overlay fabric that goes from the data center to the branch to the public cloud, and now Juniper’s multicloud strategy.
For those in the enterprise IT trenches, these are interesting times. The legacy vendors are going to come calling with flowers, candy, and love poems that promise the moon.
Enjoy the attention, but make sure you know exactly what you want out of a relationship before you commit to a suitor.