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AI-driven solution automates and simplifies campus network rollouts
Fri, 17th Sep 2021
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Juniper Networks has announced new AI enterprise features enabling customers to scale and simplify the rollout of campus wired and wireless networks.

The Juniper Mist cloud and AI engine enhancements, including EVPN-VXLAN campus fabric management and additional Marvis Actions for proactive problem remediation, expand on Junipers automation, AIOps and cloud capabilities.
"Juniper is committed to experience-first networking, where our enterprise solutions leverage proactive automation, assured user experiences, agile cloud services, and connected security to deliver the best end-user and operator experiences from client to-cloud," says Juniper VP of enterprise marketing, Jeff Aaron.

"In the campus and branch, this means leveraging AIOps, driven by Mist AI and the cloud to maximise user productivity and efficiency while minimising IT costs through simplified operations and prescriptive insights.

"We're excited to accelerate in these areas and further distance ourselves from the competition with new enhancements to our Juniper Mist Wired Assurance, Wireless Assurance and Marvis Virtual Network Assistant (VNA) cloud services. Making it even easier to deploy, operate and troubleshoot campus networks at scale."

The latest additions to Junipers AI-driven enterprise include:

  • AI-driven campus fabric management via the Juniper Mist Cloud: Juniper says Campus networks often leverage proprietary technologies and complicated L2/L3 architectures, not designed to meet the modern requirements of today's rising number of mobile users and IoT devices. By enabling EVPN-VXLAN campus fabric management via the Juniper Mist Wired Assurance cloud service, Juniper offers the ability to simplify wired, wireless and WAN via a common cloud and AIOps engine.
  • New Marvis Actions provide deeper insight for faster problem remediation: Marvis Actions takes insight derived from the Mist AI engine, such as the root cause of a problem, and deliver actionable recommendations for IT managers via a dashboard.

Gartner positioned Juniper Networks as a Leader in the 2020 Gartner Magic Quadrant for wired and wireless LAN access infrastructure. Juniper placed highest in the ability to execute within the Leaders Quadrant. The company was also named a Visionary in the Gartner 2021 Magic Quadrant for Indoor Location Services, Global.

"Juniper Networks has built out a very capable automation portfolio for the enterprise. It has the potential to ease network deployment and ongoing operations," says Moor Insights - Strategy, principal analyst, networking and security practices, Will Townsend.

"From my perspective, this announcement, centred on AI-driven campus fabric management, furthers the company's focus in delivering a best-in-class IT operator experience. The interface looks clean, intuitive, and supports several topologies that should speed up typically tedious configuration tasks."

Novus Technical Services, digital solution's director, Andy Piatek, says they see machine learning and AI adoption for network operations as instrumental in tackling the ever-growing complexity of network configuration and management.

"Juniper Wired Assurance SLEs and Marvis Actions provides IT operators like us with insights into the health of the network beyond isolated SNMP-based metrics," says Piatek.

"The AI-driven infrastructure can correlate events received from various network devices, detect anomalies, take corrective action, and easily integrate with 3rd party systems with the use of open APIs. Plus, the Juniper Mist AI-driven campus fabric management utilises the Juniper Mist Cloud to bring simplicity and automation to deployment that we don't see in traditional campus networks."