Juniper Networks Partners With Affirmed Networks to Boost Adaption of NFV-Based Architectures

By CIOReview | Monday, February 29, 2016
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SUNNYVALE, CA and ACTON, MA: Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR), the industry leader in networking innovation, and Affirmed Networks, the leader in virtualized mobile networks, have joined hands to help mobile operators quickly and profitably embrace next-generation NFV-based architectures. This will be achieved by developing solutions that shall assist service providers’ transition quickly and efficiently to a virtualized mobile architecture. The mission also includes empowering wireless service providers to deploy new services faster and at a lesser cost than legacy solutions.

Today’s mobile service providers increasingly face pressures from nimble startups and an Over-The-Top (OTT) provider to innovate faster than what is typically permitted by traditional networks. Adding to the woes is the inability of networks to support millions of new connected devices due to lack of flexibility and scalability. These impediments will be alleviated through strong and dedicated partnership between Juniper Networks and Affirmed Networks.

The reference architecture integrates Affirmed Networks' Mobile Content Cloud vEPC (virtualized evolved packet core solution) with Juniper Networks' virtualization portfolio, to forge the solutions needed for data center deployments.

"Network Functions Virtualization offers several benefits in terms of capital and operational savings, agility and service creation, but, as is the case with the adoption of any new technology architecture, operators are looking to the vendor community for best practices and guidance for accelerating initial deployments," stated Michael Howard, senior research director and advisor at IHS. "We believe that service providers will want to consider the combination of Juniper Networks and Affirmed Networks' proven technology and real-world experience with deploying virtualization in commercial networks. They are providing a valuable blueprint that will help operators to quickly begin experiencing the positive impact that virtualized mobile networks can deliver."

"The debate is over–the architectures supporting mobile networks will be virtualized, the only question remaining is how successfully and how profitably this evolution will occur," said Amit Tiwari, vice president of Strategic Alliances and Systems Engineering at Affirmed Networks. “We believe that the establishment of this technology partnership creates a unique combination of unparalleled technical innovation with expertise deploying virtualized networks that is capable of enabling the evolution of today's mobile networks."