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August 29, 2014

Why the Internet of Things needs to include High-IQ Networks

Juniper’s CEO reveals IoT strategy.

By Amy-Jo Crowley

The Internet of Things needs to focus on High-IQ networks and cloud builders in order for the emerging market to be successful.

That is according to Juniper’s CEO Shaygan Kheradpir, who highlighted the company’s IoT strategy in a blog post.

He said: "Why cloud builders? Because in this current, ‘everything-as-a-service’ application-driven economy, the cloud is our customers’ new delivery engine of innovation to their customers. As enterprises and service providers adapt to this new business model, the network experience is critical to their business.

"We are moving beyond just focusing on the question of ‘what is happening’ to answer the question of ‘why it is happening.’ Networks of today are static systems meaning you configure it for an outcome, input data into the system and then expect the system to work in a certain way."

The problem with this approach, he explained, is that it "reduces agility and the ability to change quickly", adds too much cost and "is incapable of delivering insights".

He said: "A High-IQ Network is a very different, dynamic system approach as it self configures based on what is needed from the network and what is the highest priority for the network at any moment in time.

"It does this much like a biological nervous system, getting input and understanding from all the connections and data flowing across the network, and feeding that back to intelligently and automatically update and optimise network operations."

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He pointed to a network tweeting its own status or sending information to an operator at an event.

"Imagine…a network that knows immediately identifies the source, flags it for action and limits further activity until the issue is resolved. A network that knows alerts you to the need for increased bandwidth when a social media video goes viral, automatically load balancing for a seamless experience," he said

"A network that knows allows you to deploy a competitive, new high-value service on the edge, automatically turning on in three new geographies once benchmarks are met – not in months but in minutes."

He added that Juniper has adopted a "co-creation" relationship with customers, which aims to address business challenges and provide a solution to a customer’s own individual need.

"This approach is the precise reason that just in the past few months we were selected by AT&T for their Domain 2.0 User-Defined network Cloud; by Cloudwatt for their large-scale public cloud deployment; by UBS and Nike Inc. to help them build global, next-generation data centers to enhance flexibility, ensure carrier-class resiliency and improve application performance to better serve their clients."

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