At Juniper Networks’ recent NXTWORK customer summit and analyst day, the major announcement was Software Defined Secure Networks (SDSN), a platform for policy, detection, and enforcement for every element of the network. This has been covered in the press and on Juniper’s web site. The photo to the left includes Rami Rahim (CEO), Jonathan Davidson (EVP), and Mike Marcellin (CMO) during the analyst day Q&A.
Equally interesting was Juniper’s long-term vision for an automated network, which they called a self-driving network. In the same way automated cars may start to take over many manual driving tasks, so too might automated networks take over manual networking tasks. This vision, which happens to go by the same three letters as Software Defined Networks, is ambitious. At the closing session, Pradeep Sindhu, Founder, Vice Chairman, and CTO presented a view of the state of the network, and Dr. Kireeti Kompella discussed the self-driving network.