Intelligent Data Centres Issue 39 | Page 51

Juniper Networks brings secure operations to data centres with enhancements to Apstra software

Juniper Networks , a leader in secure , AI-driven networks , has announced new enhancements to the Juniper Apstra platform that further simplify the deployment , troubleshooting and operations of data centre networks . With the latest Apstra software release , Juniper ’ s enterprise , service provider and cloud provider customers can now extend Apstra ’ s intent-based networking capabilities to Edge data centres with collapsed fabric topologies . Additionally , customers can utilise Apstra software to enable tighter Zero Trust security with new policy assurance and Role-Based Access Control ( RBAC ) capabilities as well as simplified migration from legacy data centres with new Apstra professional services .

“ With the latest enhancements to our Apstra software platform , we are continuing our commitment to putting user and operator experiences at the forefront of everything we do ,” said Mike Bushong , VP of Data Centre Product Management at Juniper Networks . “ Apstra uniquely provides a single solution for the design , deployment and operations of data centre networks in
multivendor environments , leveraging true intent-based networking to maximise data centre reliability with automation and assurance . The newest features enable us to double down on these core architectural differences , bringing reliability , simplicity and security to even more use cases and environments .”
Edge data centre support assures reliable operations everywhere
Enterprises and service providers are increasingly deploying small data centres at the network Edge . New use cases , such as industrial automation and Augmented Reality , are driving a need to bring data processing closer to the end user to minimise application latency and improve reliability and user experience . Processing data at the Edge can save substantial networking costs by eliminating the need to send traffic back to centralised cloud data centres .
To address these trends , Apstra ’ s Edge deployment model supports collapsed fabric topologies , commonly used in smaller , remote Edge data centres . With this new model , customers utilise
a simple platform to reliably manage intent-based networking and analytics – from small Edge data centres to large , centralised sites – using a single source of truth . Extending Apstra to Edge data centres allows organisations to benefit from intent-based networking and analytics in smaller deployments that don ’ t need the scale of a large , centralised data centre .
Policy assurance provides Zero Trust security across the network
Juniper ’ s data centre offering , in conjunction with the company ’ s Connected Security portfolio , delivers a wide range of protections for the Zero Trust data centre , including workload protection , threat intelligence and prevention , unified policy management and network segmentation and isolation at scale . Apstra provides a multitude of security benefits for data centre fabrics , including intent-based policy assurance for consistent and accurate policy enforcement and continuous validation across vendors , easy-to-use blueprints and templates for securing the data centre and robust audit trails . �
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