Nowadays, for most large enterprises and organizations, over 60% of their applications and workloads have shifted to the cloud. Customers and employees expect applications and digital services to be available at all times and immediately responsive. Remote work has become a strategic imperative. New business requirements are emerging faster than ever and the network must support these opportunities and needs.
SD-WAN consumes much of the attention today. While Juniper Networks offers excellent SD-WAN solutions, most of the underlying enterprise WAN infrastructure hasn’t changed for more than a decade, ultimately interfering with the pace of digital transformation.
Why Modernize the Enterprise WAN Now?
Legacy enterprise WANs simply aren’t ready to meet today’s rapidly changing business needs. Traditional enterprise WANs are rigid and inflexible. They’re difficult to manage. They’re vulnerable to rising cybersecurity attacks and prone to outages.
Scaling connectivity to support new applications and new locations is expensive and can take weeks of planning, followed by weeks of waiting for the changes to go live. The WAN must shift from rigid to flexible so IT can adapt to business needs quickly.
Managing the enterprise WAN has always been a manual process for most organizations. Changes to the WAN setup are made with extreme care and each modification is a chance for human error. There’s little if any time for service windows. Manual operations simply aren’t scalable as IT teams support more users, more applications and more locations with the same resources. The enterprise WAN must shift from manual to automated operations.
Cyberattacks are sophisticated and unrelenting as criminals try to steal data and disrupt operations. As people access applications and data from anywhere, the attack surface has expanded and the WAN is more vulnerable than ever before. Protecting the enterprise perimeter and data center is no longer sufficient. The enterprise WAN must shift from vulnerable to secure.
There’s no tolerance for poorly performing applications, service unavailability or outages. But traffic patterns are more unpredictable than ever as users access applications spread across the cloud and on-premises data centers. It’s harder for IT to get full visibility into the user experience so that problems can be resolved quickly and easily. The enterprise WAN must shift from fallible to resilient.
Enterprises Need Agility for the Unknown
With Juniper’s solution offerings, enterprises can modernize mission-critical infrastructure such as data center interconnect, cloud connect, IP transit/peering and aggregation nodes to be flexible, automated, secure and resilient, always ready for the next requirement. IT leaders can move quickly to support the business, whether it be rolling out new SaaS apps, connecting new locations, adjusting to work-from-home or embracing IoT systems to drive operational efficiency.
Juniper Networks® MX Series Universal Routing Platform delivers a flexible foundation for the enterprise WAN. MX Series routers provide maximum performance, agility and resiliency with a choice of consumption models. Automation gives IT new levels of visibility into the user experience and greater operational efficiency across network domains. IT can automate the full lifecycle of the network, from planning, designing and implementing to ongoing operations.
Juniper Connected Security enables a threat-aware network. Security extends far beyond the perimeter and is built into the network itself, with advanced threat prevention, encrypted traffic insights, intrusion detection and prevention and DDoS protection. Users are protected regardless of application, device or location. The network moves from vulnerable to secure.
Resiliency is built into MX Series routers from top to bottom, maximizing uptime and optimizing user experience. IT teams are empowered with full visibility coming from both on-box and off-box telemetry. High-Availability (HA) architecture design and protocols such as ISSU (In-Service Software Upgrade) and NSR (Nonstop Active Routing) ensure no traffic impact during service upgrade or the maintenance window and zero traffic loss even during control plane failure.
Join our live webinar on November 17 at 9am PT for a look at the key considerations that should factor into planning next year’s investment priorities for enterprise WAN infrastructure. You’ll learn the latest industry trends and best practices for enterprise WAN modernization from Shin Umeda, chief analyst and Vice President of Dell’ Oro Group and Andrew Vaz, Product Management Vice President for Automated WAN solutions at Juniper Networks.