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Better Product Execution
Juniper then outlined a four-step process to solve those problems, including centralizing network management, analytics and configuration functionality to provide a single master that configures all networking devices; extracting networking and security services from the underlying hardware by creating service virtual machines (VMs); introducing a centralized controller that enables multiple network and security services to connect in series across devices within the network, known as "SDN Service Chaining"; and optimizing the usage of network and security hardware to deliver high performance .
"SDN is frequently discussed in narrow terms rather than holistically, with solutions focused mostly in the forwarding and data planes," said Vernon Turner, senior vice president of research at IDC. "Juniper's approach is one of the most comprehensive that we've seen to date from any networking provider -- from both a technology and business model perspective."
Zeus Kerravala, principal analyst at ZK Research, said he agreed with the principles Juniper laid out, and feels focusing on the service provider audience is a good bet. But he said he was still left a little disappointed after watching via webcast.
"Juniper didn't give any indication of upcoming products or solutions," Kerravala told us. "When I look at most SDN vendors out there, they've done a good job coming up with products without clearly defining problems. Juniper clearly highlighted the problems but didn't give any indication of solutions. This is a good first step but we need to see better product execution from Juniper."