Long term Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) supporter, Juniper Networks, renews sponsor contract for six years.
In today’s connected world, it’s more important than ever that the internet is open and available to everyone. Operators, vendors, researchers and network designers all need a common place to collaborate on standards development. To support this need, the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) provides an environment where widely adopted and supported standards are created.
The mission of the IETF is to make the Internet work better by producing high quality, relevant technical documents that influence the way people design, use, and manage the Internet.
Continuation of IETF and its activities is essential to support and maintain an open and global internet where no party or technology is dominant, with all decisions based on consensus. This model is unique to IETF and ensures a neutral venue for industry standards development.
To ensure IETF can progress this important work, three meetings per year are organized, with over 100 working groups and over one thousand participants per meeting. None of this is possible without the support of industry sponsors.
Juniper Networks Remains a Proud IETF Sponsor
Juniper Networks commits to support IETF globally for the next six years to ensure long term financial stability and help drive IETF’s mission. Supporting the IETF mission fully aligns with Juniper’s own values and mission, “Power Connections. Empower Change.”
At Juniper, we believe the network is the single greatest vehicle for knowledge, understanding and human advancement that the world has ever known.
Over the years, Juniper has contributed to IETF in many ways, such as chairing Working Groups, participating in Nomination Committees and in the Internet Architecture Board and authored numerous standards documents (RFCs). Renewing our sponsorship commitment with IETF further emphasizes how greatly we value the development of open standards.
The results of these supporting efforts are sometimes almost invisible, but at the same time, present in everything our industry uses the internet – and more importantly, the network – for on a daily basis. Every protocol used to connect the thousands of networks that form the internet and connect millions of users worldwide are developed and written in one of the IETF Working Groups.
For example, consider the protocol that connects the internet: Border Gateway Protocol (BGP). BGP is defined in IETF’s RFC4271 and is supported by every routing vendor. While IETF standards are widely supported and implemented, today, the majority of work in the IETF is centered on BGP, whether to make it more secure or add capabilities to support new mechanisms that classify transport planes.
Without IETF, technologies like these would remain proprietary. Solutions, such as routers from different vendors, wouldn’t be interoperable or multivendor. Simply put, the IETF is a critical component for an open and interoperable internet and Juniper Networks is proud to be a sponsor.
Juniper Networks is the Global Host for the latest IETF111 meeting, beginning on Monday, July 26 through Friday, July 30, 2021. As such, we welcome all comers to join, participate and collaborate for a better, open and more sustainable internet.