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Nokia and Juniper Networks team up on NFV, SDN cloud offering #SDEnterprise

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Network services and equipment provider Nokia has teamed up with IT networking vendor Juniper Networks to extend the development of SDN and NFV technologies for mobile operators.

The Finnish firm will bring together its Liquid Core NFV solution with Juniper’s MetaFabric datacentre architecture, which includes its NFV and cloud network automation solution Contrail, based on SDN, to create a “core on cloud” solution. The solution will be targeted at operators facing pressure to bring new services to market, the firms added.

The solution will be available later this year and will see Nokia provide its Liquid Core application suites implemented as virtualized network functions, such as virtualized Mobile Management Entity, virtualized IMS and virtualized Home Subscriber Server.  Juniper said that its MetaFabric architecture and Contrail SDN/NFV controller will also enable operators to create a mobile edge that is secure, automated and scalable. This will support operators in creating new services based on actionable intelligence, it added.

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The Race for the Software-Defined Enterprise

A recent article on CIO Insight explores the next generation of enterprise IT, and asks: Is it all a contest between VMware, Microsoft and OpenStack? 

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Rather than relying on expensive human labor, IT organisations are increasingly using software to automate the management of data centers in a way that scales to unprecedented levels.

This fundamental shift in the way IT is managed is creating an intense contest for control of those data centers between VMware, Microsoft and a host of vendors that are actively promoting the emerging OpenStack framework. At the moment, thanks to a significant head start and the deep loyalty of many CIOs, it appears that VMware is building an early lead that its rivals might find difficult to overcome.

VMware says that license bookings for the vCloud Suite more than doubled in 2013. While VMware concedes that those licenses are only about 10 percent of its customer base, the company is clearly gaining a lot of momentum in the private cloud computing space, which is expected to be a $50 billion market by 2016. “vCloud Suite is the fastest growing product in the VMware,” says Raghu Raghurham, executive vice president for cloud infrastructure and management at VMware.

Obviously, VMware is hardly the sole vendor with an eye on that market. Microsoft has gained a fair amount of virtualization ground with Microsoft Hyper-V virtual machines that are free with various flavors of Microsoft Server. And a broad alliance of vendors backing OpenStack are making a case for a lower cost framework for managing clouds that promises IT organizations much greater levels interoperability across different instances of cloud computing.

But VMware is trying up the ante. What initially started out as an effort to create the software-defined data center is now a race to define the software-defined enterprise in a way that brings server, network and storage management under one common framework. And VMware is counting on the loyalty of its customers to put a significant amount of distance between it and the competition.

Whether VMware can sustain its lead over the long haul remains to be seen. By the time rival architectures catch up, however, VMware might be fairly well ahead in defining the next generation of enterprise IT.

The way an enterprise approaches its IT is changing through software defined technology and this is on track to dominate discussions in 2014. There is a lot for enterprise CIOs, CTOs and enterprise IT Managers to learn and evaluate how they can adopt their existing infrastructure as well as their current Cloud investment plans to fit a ‘Software-defined’ future.

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