New engineering community, advanced trainings and education services give engineers a fast track to automating day-to-day network operations
LAS VEGAS, Oct. 10, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- (NXTWORK 2018) – Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR), an industry leader in automated, scalable and secure networks, today announced a breadth of new offerings to accelerate the industry’s adoption of automation practices. With this latest announcement, Juniper is unveiling a collaborative community that includes tools, labs, libraries and an exchange of innovative applications to accelerate automation adoption for companies and individuals. Juniper EngNet features access to virtual devices that run in the cloud, complete with documentation, along with a full suite of tools to move from manual to automated operations. To complement Juniper EngNet, Juniper designed NRE Labs, a web-based, on-demand automation curriculum focused on the emerging network reliability engineering (NRE) role. Juniper is also announcing additional professional services to help enterprises break ground on automated testing, a key thrust for any enterprise looking to leverage automation to do more in their network.
Despite nearly two decades of industry effort to drive network automation, network operations are still dominated by manual operations issued through the command line interface (CLI). Compare this to a Gartner report that forecasts that “by 2022, only 25 percent of network operations teams will use the CLI as their primary interface, which is down from more than 70 percent today.”1 Migrating an industry from 70 percent CLI to 70 percent automation requires industry-wide rethinking of the approach to network automation. If automation is to become a mainstream practice, the industry needs to do more than create new products. The success—or failure—of automation in networking will depend as much on the people as on the technology. This means that the education and upskilling of the existing network engineering teams are critical in modernizing the network to keep pace with advances in compute, storage, applications, cloud and multicloud.
With the offerings released today, Juniper is making the individuals behind network operations—not the vendors and their products—the centerpiece of this industry evolution. Juniper EngNet and supporting tools and services are about moving individuals forward in both their skillsets and careers. By providing tools, virtual resources and a collaborative community for free, Juniper is putting customers first. Through hands-on practice and experimentation, these new offerings aim to ease and accelerate the adoption of automation across network operations, processes and workflows. This will give NetOps teams an industry advantage by advancing their automation skills, practices, and processes so that automation doesn’t remain a mostly specialized practice that only a select few can leverage.
1 Gartner, “Jump-Start Network Automation to Scale Digital Initiatives” June 22 2018 A. Lerner, S. Ganguli
“Imagine a world where car makers kept pushing out new vehicles every year, but drivers’ education never existed. You’d end up with stagnant automobiles that no one knows how to drive. Automating the network is no different. Every year we hear of a new product that can automate “this” or program “that,” but if you don’t first start with the people, process and cultural change of automation, then you’ll never see anyone actually adopt it. Our multifaceted initiative announced today aims to close the gap between automated product and automation skillsets to foster adoption across the industry.”
“For years, the industry has relied on incumbent network vendors to guide them toward a more automated future. At some point, we have to realize that this isn’t working. For a company whose greatest incumbent strength is the CLI, perhaps it’s not even in their best interest to move the industry forward. It’s time for a new crop of companies to step in, providing more than just products. If we are to move forward, we need leadership in both technology and practice. Today, Juniper Networks is taking an important step forward for Juniper and all the network operations teams for whom continued inaction represents an existential threat.”
“Juniper Networks’ consistent support of automation has enabled us to embrace automation in a straightforward, cost-efficient way. Automation is now one of the key capabilities of the team, acting as a multiplier of our work and allowing us to scale while keeping costs under control. We have turned Juniper's automation capabilities into a powerful tool to deliver value to the organization by dramatically reducing configuration mistakes and time to deliver, ultimately positioning the network team as a reliable partner for the business."
“In a world where more data is being created in a single year than in the previous 5,000 years combined, network automation is quickly moving from a nice-to-have prerogative to a must-have imperative. And while many networking vendors have historically focused on developing automated products to assist businesses in keeping up with the pace of change, it's the actual practice of automation that needs to be addressed if the industry is going to finally realize its promise. Juniper Networks’ new tools, labs, educational offerings and collaborative community are a welcome addition in a monolithic CLI-driven world, providing a gift to the community of sought-after resources to assist in a successful automation journey. These resources provide engineers with the skills and means required to support, manage and accelerate automation in day-to-day operations, whether your organization is just starting out or well versed in automation and DevOps principles. It’s a win-win for the industry.”
“IDC finds that network engineers within enterprises invariably recognize that network automation is essential to achieving greater business and operational agility, but they often don’t know where to begin their journey. In launching Juniper EngNet in conjunction with NRE labs, Juniper is providing network engineers with an opportunity to advance their automation skillsets through an extensive free curriculum, virtual resources, and hands-on practice, all of which is designed to accelerate adoption of automation across network operations.”
“Juniper Networks has enabled us to create an entirely automated network architecture to enable dynamic, real-time connectivity services. We’ve certainly realized many of the benefits in terms of operational efficiencies, helping us do more with less and freeing us up to focus on bigger strategic things that move our business forward. But we also realize that starting the journey toward automation can be difficult for many in the industry. We think what Juniper’s doing with its new Engineering Network is a big step in the right direction toward making automation easy and accessible for anyone, especially those just starting their path to full automation.”
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