Juniper unveils Juniper Secure Edge aimed at delivering new capabilities, such as Firewall-as-a-Service, that can ease organization migration to a SASE architecture. Futurum’s Ron Westfall delves into why Juniper Secure Edge provides the single-stack, cloud-delivered security and unified management and visibility key to engendering organization transitioning towards a SASE architecture as well as boosting Juniper’s competitive prospects against major security players like Fortinet, Palo Alto Networks, and Cisco.
Juniper Networks is steadfastly evolving its 5G portfolio development and marketing with emphasis on supporting capabilities such as RIC in driving Open RAN adoption and enabling operator network slicing and use case networking. Futurum’s Ron Westfall examines why Juniper has the portfolio-wide assets in areas such as Metro Cloud, AI, and security to bolster its strategic 5G market message and exercise more influence across the 5G ecosystem in scaling and monetizing operator 5G applications and services.
Juniper debuts its Security Cloud Director, the cloud-based portal developed to aid customers in migrating securely to a SASE architecture by protecting users, applications, and infrastructure amidst cloud journeys and organization-wide transformation. Futurum’s Ron Westfall explores the capabilities and competitive benefits of the Juniper Security Director Cloud solution and how it bolsters Juniper’s overall Connected Security strategy, especially in emerging SASE frameworks, as well as Juniper’s near-term competitive positioning.
Juniper unveils its Cloud Metro vision advocating that operators need to refresh their approach to metro architectures to assure an indispensable and prime influential role in the scale out and monetization of swiftly expanding 5G, IoT, and edge services. Futurum’s Ron Westfall analyzes how operators can use Juniper’s portfolio to build massively scalable IP fabrics, embedded service intelligence, and automated, service-assured network slicing to deliver the premium, differentiated services key to determining their own ecosystem destiny in the 5G digital era, as well as the competitive implications for Juniper’s rivals.
Juniper’s debut of Paragon Automation demonstrates the ability to execute on its Experience-First Networking strategy. The formation of Paragon Automation indicates Juniper has the blueprint to bolster its portfolio through a well-executed acquisition strategy that most recently includes 128T and Apstra.
Futurum’s Ron Westfall views the formation of Juniper Paragon Automation as boding well for Juniper’s prospects in further assimilating its 128T assets to make deeper inroads into the AI-driven enterprise realm as well as successfully integrating its Apstra assets to alter the competitive dynamics within the automated cloud DC realm. Through Paragon Automation, Juniper is ready to win new mind share and move the needle across the automated WAN, AI-driven enterprise, and automated cloud DC market realms.
Juniper closed out its 4th quarter beating top and bottom line expectations on strong demand for networking expected to carry over to 2021.
Overall, Juniper made a smart choice in pulling the trigger on acquiring Apastra. Data center environments will require Apstra AOS-enabled IBN intelligence to handle the fast-emerging demands, such as compute-intensive AI/ML workloads, HPC clusters, and 5G-IoT builds, on their resources (e.g., DCIs, 400G upgrades). In the near future, however, the main portfolio development and marketing question for Juniper is “How soon is now” in orchestrating all of its recent acquisition pieces into a more cohesive, fully integrated data center networking proposition that challenges Cisco more broadly and directly.
Juniper’s acquisition of 128 Technology is essential to providing enduring and strategic differentiation in the SD-WAN market segment. Juniper gains 128T’s distinct session-smart networking capabilities designed to enable enterprises and CSPs to produce a user experience-centric fabric for WAN connectivity which is efficient, agile, and secure. However, Juniper needs to first demonstrate that its AI-driven SD-WAN proposition is substantially differentiated from established SD-WAN solutions to warrant accelerated consideration. Next Juniper needs to show it can quickly integrate 128T’s session-smart capabilities into its relatively new AI-driven SD-WAN approach. Rivals will fully challenge Juniper’s ability to rapidly execute 128T portfolio integration and make inroads with its latecomer SD-WAN proposition.