NEC Corporation and Juniper Networks, the industry leaders in network innovation, have announced the expansion of their global alliance relationship to deliver Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV)-based solutions that allow service providers and enterprises to gain greater service agility to transform their business operations and help them lower overall costs.
The joint solutions combine the NEC Cloud System (OSS building model), which is an OpenStack-based cloud infrastructure, with NetCracker’s OSS/BSS systems, end-to-end service orchestration, systems integration capabilities and consulting options, along with Juniper Networks’ networking equipment and virtual network functions (VNFs), such as the Juniper Networks vMX routing platform and vSRX Virtual Firewall.
Juniper Networks’ networking equipment and VNFs (vMX and vSRX) are the building blocks that enable NFV solutions to deliver greater levels of business agility through automation. NEC will leverage Juniper Networks’ NFV-ready hardware and software within their enterprise virtualised Customer Premises Equipment (vCPE) solution to enable the flexibility of a virtualised service environment. When combined with NetCracker OSS/BSS and end-to-end service orchestration capabilities, the solution can provide service providers and enterprise customers with a viable means of delivering cloud-based business services in a fully automated fashion in near real-time.
NEC and Juniper have been working together since 2003 with a common goal of offering robust solutions for service providers and enterprises, and focusing on key areas, such as microwave/IP backhaul and optical/IP integration, that deliver dynamic, application-aware network performance. With this announcement, their global alliance relationship expands to include software-defined networking (SDN) and NFV-based solutions to aid customers in the business transformation journey.
The two companies are also working together to expand into new and developing markets, with a focus on Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific. The key investment areas include integrated technical teams and state-of-the-art lab environments to road-test the latest solutions and targeted innovative industry initiatives, such as the Internet of Things (IoT), Retail as a Service and Surveillance as a Service offerings. All NEC and Juniper Networks solutions are supported by a full breadth of professional services programmes.
Atsuo Kawamura, Senior Vice President, NEC Corporation , said, “As part of its commitment to delivering an open, best-in-breed NFV-based solution, NEC has led a an SDN/NFV ecosystem programme with more than 40 partners worldwide. NEC is thrilled to be working closely with Juniper through this expanded alliance, which will further reinforce the ecosystem and allow NEC and Juniper to jointly offer NFV-based solutions that enable the introduction of innovative new services at higher speed and lower cost.”
During the announcement, Vince Molinaro, Executive Vice President and Chief Customer Officer at Juniper Networks, said, “We see enormous potential in our expanded, long-standing relationship with NEC because it represents the combination of industry-leading technology coupled with a global GTM approach that is strategic and allows both companies to play to their strengths. By harnessing the power of automation and orchestration through SDN and NFV, and by supporting customers as they navigate their OSS transformation journey, Juniper and NEC are well-positioned to help customers capitalise on their IT and network investments.”