Juniper Networks on Tuesday announced updates to its enterprise portfolio that will make it easier for organizations to deploy, operate and troubleshoot campus networks.
The improvements include a new campus structure management capability which is expected to help businesses manage the growing number of mobile phones andon their networks. Juniper is also extending the capabilities of Marvis Virtual Network Assistant to provide more proactive problem resolution.
Both updates are ultimately aimed at improving the user experience, said Christian Gilby, senior director of product marketing at Juniper for the AI-driven company.
“It’s about the user device experience, but also the computing experience,” he said. ZDNet. “I think that’s one of the things the industry really hasn’t paid enough attention to in the past – how can we make it easier for an IT team to manage and operate the network, especially if you look at what is happening at the device level.You have more and more devices coming into the network, and you need to start automating and leveragingso you can manage all of those devices. “
Juniper provides AI-powered campus fabric management capabilities to customers through Juniper Mist Wired Assurance, the platform used to manage wired access on campus. With EVPN-VXLAN campus fabric management, customers will be able to segment traffic critically. A healthcare customer, for example, may need to segment their network to handle an increasing number of types of devices, from patient smartphones connected to Netflix to heart monitors and infusion pumps.
Traditionally, campus networks have used VLANs for fabric management, but this solution does not provide the ability to scale or separate traffic as required by today’s device landscape.
“For example, you don’t want an HVAC system on the same network as a point of sale, because historically a lot of these security breaches have happened there,” Gilby said. “So it’s a question of how to secure the network and do it with ease.”
Juniper Mist Cloud provides administrators with a simple user interface from which they can choose a topology, define the networks of interest, identify the physical connections required, and apply the correct underlying policies.
Meanwhile, Juniper is also extending Marvis Virtual Network Assistant (VNA) for proactive, AI-driven troubleshooting. Marvis Actions uses information derived from the Mist AI engine, such as the root cause of a problem, and recommends solutions to IT managers. Juniper adds new actions including persistently failing wired / wireless clients, bad cables, access point (AP) coverage holes, bad WAN links, and insufficient RF capacity, among others.
One of Juniper’s customers, a large retailer, used the service to analyze its more than 150,000 store access points. He found blanket holes in seven of his stores.
“It’s for a needle in the haystack kind of thing, and that’s what AI is really well suited to do,” Gilby said.