Circle of Trust

For Al Rasheed, trust was one of the central concepts that kept coming up during Juniper Networks’ presentation at Cloud Field Day earlier this year. Whether discussing the company’s approach to simplify a cloud-everywhere model, to leveraging Mist Systems AI, to multi-cloud management, the concept of trust was a persistent theme throughout. Be sure to check out their full presentation video to get caught up.


“The Network Guy, the Network Guy Wants to Manage Firewalls All Day.”…An Introduction to NRE Labs

A comment about network admins administering firewalls got David Ball about Juniper Networks’ presentation from Cloud Field Day. They spent a good portion of time talking about a new initiative called NRE Labs. This was birthed out of the realization that the organization needs for network engineers is changing, with a need for more automation skill and knowledge. NRE Labs provides a free way to hone automation skills without the need for a home lab environment. Whether admins want to manage firewalls all day or not, NRE Labs can help develop the skills to make it not necessary.


Mist in the Machine

David Ball attended Cloud Field Day earlier this year and got to hear the latest on Juniper Networks, and the interesting assets they recently acquired with Mist Systems. This marks Juniper getting into the wireless market in a big way, with Mist’s focus being on simplifying wireless using artificial intelligence. Their overall goal was to create a simple, agile, scalable, intelligent, resilient, and programmable network, which is what Juniper Networks discussed during their presentation.


Off the Cuff – NFD20 Wrap Up

From a rainy recording in Silicon Valley, Jordan Martin gathered together some fellow delegates from Networking Field Day to discuss what they heard at the event. They run down each presenter and discuss what stood out and struck their interest. Guests include Mario Gingras, Nick Shoemaker, Richard McIntosh, Brian Gleason, and Drew Conry-Murray.


Juniper Buries the Headline at NFD20

Brian Gleason thought Juniper Networks had one of the best presentations at Networking Field Day last month. Instead of focusing on routing and switching, the company took the time to highlight their free educational tools. NRE Labs particularly impressed Brian. Instead of being a lead-gen bait and switch, NRE Labs is a GitHub-hosted set of learning resources for network engineers not yet comfortable with automation and programming. It has lessons for beginners, but is also designed to help move beyond the basics. It’s a refreshingly helpful set of resources from Juniper.


Network Field Day 20 Recap – Juniper’s Hedging Their Bets

Nick Shoemaker was impressed by the frankness that Juniper Networks presented with at Networking Field Day earlier this month. The company made a compelling case that network automation isn’t just a hip buzzword, it’s a vital skill that network engineers need to have right now. To that effect, Juniper showcased their EngNet community to provide resources to engineers learning about automation. This was further enforced by the Juniper NRE Labs platform, which is a browser-based way to test automation out.


NFD20 – Juniper

Networking Field Day saw the return of Juniper Networks as a presenting company. Rodrigo Rovere was a delegate at the event and found what he saw interesting. From a deep dive into their automation solutions, to a look at their EngNet community, it definitely had a lot to offer.


Juniper NRE LAB

Mario Gingras got a look at Juniper Networks’ NRE Lab at Networking Field Day. This software portal provides a way for network admins to learn device configuration automation without having to install or configure additional modules on your workstation.


A Special Automated Valentine – NRE Labs V0.3.0

Matt Oswalt announced a new version of NRE Labs, v0.3.0 just in time for Valentine’s Day. The reason for this rapid release is that he demoed the new version at Networking Field Day last week. This new version adds in whole new lesson categories, to get you up to date on the latest tools and workflows around automation. Be sure to watch the full video of Matt’s presentation from the event!


Getting Out From Under the Policy Boulder with Juniper’s Contrail Policy Framework

Rich Stroffolino looks at Juniper Networks Contrail and how it can be used to scale policy management across hybrid networks. He first saw this at their Networking Field Day presentation earlier this year.


Considering The Future Of Juniper’s Contrail And OpenContrail/Tungsten

Greg Farro runs down the implecations of OpenContrail moving from a more Juniper Networks controlled open source project to the Linux Foundation. To accompany this change, OpenContrail is being rebranded to Tungsten Fabric. Greg compares this to what he saw of Juniper’s main Contrail platform, which continues to add features specifically for the enterprise market to make it viable in multi-cloud and hybrid cloud deployments.


OpenContrail & dNOS Join The Linux Foundation, Get New Names

Drew Conry-Murray highlights the addition of two projects to the Linux Foundation, OpenContrail and dNOS. Drew got to hear about developments on OpenContrail at Networking Field Day from Juniper Networks, which is an open source derivation of their proprietary Contrail software. Drew isn’t sure if either project will become a major disruptor in the enterprise networking space, but he thinks the increasing move to open sourcing these projects will lead to “breaking the stranglehold of legacy vendors on how networks are built and operated.”


Secure Multicloud Networking with Contrail

At Networking Field Day, Chris Grundemann got hear the latest updates from Juniper Networks’ Contrail team. The team demonstrated their growing product line, which will feature Contrail Networking, Contrail Security, Contrail Cloud, and Contrail Multicloud by the middle of 2018. For Chris, this development is a reflection of the prevalence of leaf-spine architectures, and the virtualized networks often needed to overlay them.


Orchestration From the Top Versus Automation From the Bottom

Extreme Networks and Juniper Networks made an impression with Tom Hollingsworth after Networking Field Day in January. For him, the Extreme Networks showed why they lead the way in their bottom-up approach to automation. He then breaks down how Juniper distinguishes themselves with their top-down orchestration tooling.


Juniper Woos The Enterprise With New Products

In this post, Drew Conry-Murray details the new offerings from Juniper Networks around multicloud networking. This comes from Drew’s most recent experience as a delegate at Networking Field Day last month.


The Winds of Change From January

Tom Hollingsworth had a whirlwind last two weeks of January, leading both Networking Field Day in Silicon Valley and Tech Field Day Extra at Cisco Live Europe from Barcelona. In this post, he begins to organize his thoughts on the two events, including the state of Cisco turning away from hardware, the death of the CLI in 2018, as well as the continuing importance of containers and automation.


BiB 027: Juniper Networks At NFD17 – A Platform Emerges

In this episode of Briefings in Brief, Drew Conry-Murray and Greg Ferro discuss the presentation from Juniper Networks at last month’s Networking Field Day. The company demoed their analytics platform AppFormix, clarified the divergence of Contrail from OpenContrail, and discussed the adoption of the P4 language across a variety of hardware.


Intentional Infrastructure

For Matt Oswalt, network automation is more than simply about making the lives of network engineers a little easier. It’s a nice side benefit to be sure, but for Matt, the goal for automation must be to make the network more responsive to the applications that use it. You can hear more of Matt from his presentation with Juniper Networks from last month’s Networking Field Day.


Off the Cuff – NFD17 Wrap Up

In the most recent “Off the Cuff” episode of Network Collective, the crew discussed what they saw at Networking Field Day last week. What happens when six delegates sit on a podcast together? Magic!


Networking Field Day 17: Hawt or Naught

WIth Networking Field Day in the rearview mirror, Chris Grundemann looks back at some of the trends from the presenters. He breaks down what’s in and out, and includes a lot of animated GIFs as a bonus!