Juniper Networks has unveiled a series of products which expand the flexibility and reach of its network management platform.
The new offerings, which include an Ethernet switch appliance and management software, will build on the company's vision for software defined networking (SDN) platforms.
Dhritiman Dasgupta, senior director of product marketing for Juniper, told V3 that the new offerings were aimed at both helping to ease the processes of network management for administrators and speed up the time needed to provision and assign network resources to new compute assets.
"The whole announcement is focused on the concept of network agility," Dasgupta explained.
"Given what has been happening in the last couple of years and what we expect in the next three to five years, it really is top of mind."
Among the new products will be the EX9200 Ethernet switch. Designed to be a highly programmable appliance, the appliance will support both VMware and OpenStack orchestration tools along with a number of system automation and management tools from Juniper and third party developers.
The company believes that by adding programmability to its switches, first the EX8200 and now the 9200 series, it can dramatically reduce network configurations for new resources which had previously taken weeks to set up.
Additionally, the programmability of the 9200 will allow firms to move the switch from high-performance deployments such as datacentres to less-demanding environments in the future without the need for tedious protocol reconfigurations.
Early next year, the company also plans to add the option for virtual wireless network controller functionality on the EX9200. The platform would allow an appliance to manage wireless deployments throughout a network regardless of where it is based on the corporate infrastructure.
Dasgupta said that the company's aim was not only to expand its SDN platforms, but also to improve the usefulness and longevity of its appliances.
"We see a lot of vendors using protocols as a way to do a rip and replace," he explained.
"We want the 9200 to say in the customers network for at least a decade."
The company is also hoping to reduce the complexity of managing network services. Juniper's Junos Network Director application will seek consolidate the process of controlling network services over its platforms.
Designed to work with the company's network management applications, the Network Director will reduce multiple control screens into a single interface.
"This allows an administrator to stop swivel chair management, starting at five panes of glass and manually co-ordinating the management," said Dasgupta.
"We consolidate it into a single pane of glass."
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