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Paragon Automation Overview

As networks have become pervasive and more important in our daily lives, the stakes for ensuring a high quality of service and operational experience have increased. In addition, networks have expanded in scale, making them extremely difficult to manage manually. Because human errors are the cause of many network outages, an increase in scale means that there's a greater likelihood of human errors.

To improve the operational and service experience, it is essential for network operators to have fewer network errors, faster resolution times, and better visibility into and control of their networks. These outcomes can be achieved only by using automation.

Juniper’s Paragon Automation is a modular portfolio of cloud-native software applications that help operators to simplify their network operations by eliminating manual tasks, processes, and workflows that are often repetitive and prone to human error. Paragon Automation delivers closed-loop automation to translate business intent into service performance across the entire service delivery lifecycle. Paragon Automation builds on Juniper's existing automation portfolio to meet the most pressing challenges of current and next-generation networks and services.

The Paragon Automation portfolio includes the following products:

  • Paragon Pathfinder (formerly NorthStar Controller): Design, provision, and optimize segment routing (SR) and MPLS path flows. See Paragon Pathfinder Overview.

  • Paragon Planner (formerly NorthStar Planner): Plan, model, and verify services before deploying them, and forecast the impact of network changes such as latency, traffic flows, and new traffic, and the impact of new services. See Paragon Planner Overview.

  • Paragon Active Assurance (formerly Netrounds): Actively test and assure services across physical, hybrid, and virtual networks. Paragon Active Assurance utilizes synthetic traffic to verify application and service performance at the time of service delivery and throughout the life of the service. See the Paragon Active Assurance technical documentation page.

    Note:

    Currently, Paragon Active Assurance features are not accessible from the Paragon Automation GUI because Paragon Active Assurance is not yet integrated with the Paragon Automation suite of applications.

  • Paragon Insights (formerly HealthBot): Diagnose network health and services health by using streaming telemetry and machine learning (ML) analytics, which provide actionable insights into network behavior to help identify and resolve issues quickly. See Paragon Insights Overview.

  • Anuta Networks ATOM: Provides multi-vendor provisioning, orchestration, and workflow automation for networks and services to eliminate costly errors while increasing operational speed, accuracy, and quality. See the Anuta ATOM Resource Center page.

Key Use Cases

  • Automated service provisioning and monitoring: Service deployment with automated service monitoring.

  • Software-defined networking (SDN) IP transport management: Automated management of IP transport using an SDN controller.

  • Zero-touch testing: Automatically verify service quality prior to onboarding customers.

  • Automated root cause analysis: Spot a service quality problem, and root cause and remediate the problem.

  • Anomaly detection: Understand network anomalies and assess impact.

  • Coordinated maintenance: Fix issues without traffic impact.

Benefits of Paragon Automation

  • Shorten time-to-revenue for new infrastructure and services by leveraging the power of automation.

  • Assure service experience throughout the service lifecycle by using active testing, monitoring, predictive analytics, and closed-loop remediation.

  • Minimize risk associated with upgrades, changes, and new deployments. Reduce failed service delivery rates, mean-time-to-repair (MTTR), and SLA penalties, resulting in higher service uptime, better quality of service, and increased customer satisfaction & retention.

  • Obtain OPEX savings and higher workforce efficiency, and increase network utilization by automating device and service deployment, management, and compliance by using workflow automation, for greater network visibility and repeatable, best-in-class service delivery.