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Meanwhile, Juniper unveiled Thursday new services and solutions intended to cement the broader SDN strategy it laid out at its Global Partner Conference last month.
Among the new lineup is Junos Space Services Activation Director, an application that allows mobile operators to centrally manage services, including multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) and carrier Ethernet. According to Juniper, the new Activation Director slashes service providers' overall costs by streamlining deployment, along with network management and analytics.
Juniper also announced its Mobile Control Gateway (MCG) network management solution for 2G, 3G and LTE networks is now available as a virtualized function based on its JunosV App Engine. The move, Juniper said, will allow mobile operators to more quickly manage network capacity on-the-fly, scaling it up or down based on demand. The new virtualized MCG appliance will be rolled into Juniper's Mobile Packet Core solution and was co-developed with Hitachi, Juniper said.
The virtualized MCG solution is shipping now, while the new Services Activation Director and Junos Space applications are slated for availability sometime during the first half of 2013.
At its partner conference, Juniper emphasized the importance of solution providers breaking into the SDN space and said it would be rolling out new software licensing and maintenance models to help partners make bigger margins on software integration.
"SDN is a major transformational shift that partners need to understand and be able to explain to their customers and cut through the confusion for their customers," Bob Muglia, Juniper's executive vice president, software systems, told CRN in an interview. "Understanding the software side of things is a very, very major aspect of how partners need to make investments in the way that they do business."