Partner POV | The Power of a Full Stack Solution: Exploring the Juniper Mist AI-Driven Enterprise
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Article written by Abhi Shamsundar, Sr. Product Manager, Juniper Networks.
In today's fast-paced and interconnected world, businesses and organizations rely heavily on robust network infrastructures to enable seamless communication, collaboration and data access. As the demand for efficient networking solutions continues to grow, the concept of a "full stack" solution has emerged, offering comprehensive, secure and holistic experiences throughout the network ecosystem.
A full stack solution, in the context of networking, refers to a comprehensive approach that encompasses the entire network infrastructure, from user access to the network, via wireless and wired access, across the Wide Area Network (WAN) and all the way to the data center or cloud. It aims to deliver an integrated and seamless experience for both users and network administrators, ensuring optimal performance, security and manageability at every stage of network connectivity.
Juniper Mist pioneered a full stack, client-to-cloud solution that encompasses all aspects of network management and optimization. This is made possible through two key elements: its microservices cloud architecture and common AI engine.
Microservices Cloud Architecture: We adopted a microservices-based cloud architecture, which breaks down complex network functionalities into smaller, independent services. This architecture enables flexible scalability, agility and rapid deployment of new features or updates. By leveraging cloud infrastructure, we eliminate the burden of managing on-premises hardware while ensuring high availability and reliability. Check out this recent ZKast conversation with industry analyst, Zeus Kerravala, and Sudheer Matta, Group VP of Products at Juniper Networks, on why the microservices cloud architecture is so important.
Common AI Engine: The cornerstone of our AI-driven enterprise solution is the common AI engine, which utilizes artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms to deliver advanced network intelligence and automation. The AI engine continuously collects and analyzes vast amounts of network data, enabling real-time insights, predictive analytics and proactive issue resolution. This intelligence empowers network administrators to make informed decisions, optimize network performance and enhance the overall user experience.
Let's explore the elements of Juniper's full stack portfolio that make up our comprehensive solution:
By integrating Juniper's full stack elements, including Wireless Access, Location, Wired Access, SD-WAN, Cloud NAC and Security Service Edge, Juniper delivers a comprehensive network solution that addresses every aspect of network management and optimization. Now, let's explore the power of this full stack solution in transforming the way organizations operate and ensuring seamless user experiences.
With Juniper, IT teams have the unique ability to engage in dynamic conversations with the network itself through our Marvis Virtual Network Assistant. This innovative approach enables IT to interact with the network infrastructure in a new and intuitive way, unlocking immediate insights and driving enhanced experiences.
Let's dive into how Marvis transforms the user experience and resolves issues, such as the challenges faced by Bob during his video conferencing call.
Imagine Bob, an employee at a company, jumps on an important business call. Unfortunately, he encounters various quality issues with the call that prevent him from seeing and hearing others on the call. This leaves him frustrated and unable to effectively communicate. This scenario has happened to all of us at some point and highlights the complexity of the challenge. To what extent is the network contributing to a bad experience? Are there any other factors causing these issues? Ultimately, Bob's user experiences and overall productivity are affected.
Juniper Mist's solution with Marvis brings immense value to users like Bob. Marvis serves as the intelligent digital network expert that supports your own team of network experts—network administrators, site reliability engineers (SREs) or anyone based in network operations centers (NOC). Marvis is the first network assistant in the industry to bring conversational AI to networking, transforming the way IT teams interact and engage with enterprise networks. In this scenario, using AI, Marvis correlates across the entire network stack, including the wired, wireless or SD-WAN, and identifies issues that led to Bob's poor user experience.
Juniper's full stack solution, with Marvis, revolutionizes network operations and optimization by providing end-to-end visibility, proactive issue detection, root cause analysis, collaborative troubleshooting and adaptive network optimization. By addressing the challenges faced by users, Juniper empowers organizations to deliver seamless user experiences, maximize productivity and drive business success in an increasingly connected world.