Juniper Networks integrates network portfolio with SONiC platform

Juniper Networks integrates network portfolio with SONiC platform

Juniper Networks has integrated its own portfolio of network products with the Software for Open Networking in the Cloud (SONiC) platform of the Open Compute Project (OCP) Foundation.

According to the network and cloud specialist, this will provide cloud providers in particular with a simplified and automated platform for managing their network components. In particular, this concerns the management of switches, supplemented by extensive routing functionality and new developments in the field of telemetry.

Network switch programming

Launched by Microsoft in 2016, the OCP Foundation’s SONiC platform aims to improve the functionality of network switches by programming them. This makes it possible to manage switches and other network components from a central location. In the meantime, an entire ecosystem of hardware and software suppliers has developed around this specific functionality for network equipment.

Flexibility, more automation and extensive ecosystem

In concrete terms, the now launched integration of this open platform with network products from Juniper Networks cloud vendors offers the possibility to program these components in an open way. This allows these components to be integrated more quickly into their networks. This increases the flexibility of the use of these products for end users. This allows them to adapt their (cloud-based) networks faster to changing market conditions.

In addition, the integration with SONiC offers end users a highly modular architecture that separates the integrated network components from the software. This gives end users more flexibility and also more freedom of choice.

The combination of the open programming of the network components and the disconnection of components with the software also leads to more streamlining of the network diagnostics, automation of complete workflows and further optimisation of the network management, according to the supplier.

Finally, the integration with the SONiC platform of Juniper Networks’ network products naturally provides end users with access to an extensive ecosystem. This allows these end-users to use all the latest functionality available within this ecosystem for the supplier’s routers, switches and network analysis products.

Active role in programming network components

By integrating the SONiC platform with its own network products, Juniper Networks wants to show even more that it likes to be at the forefront of the development of cloud-based data center networks, especially, of course, in the programming of network components for greater flexibility and deployability.

The network and cloud specialist attaches great importance to open programmability for network components. The integration with the SONiC platform that has now been presented falls into the same category as the support that the supplier now offers for OpenConfig, Open/R and the intent based programming language P4, among other things.

This news article was automatically translated from Dutch to give a head start. All news articles after September 1, 2019 are written in native English and NOT translated. All our background stories are written in native English as well. For more information read our launch article.