Case Study

Using SDN and Automation to Scale Globally and Speed Service Velocity

Internap’s high-performance Internet infrastructure blends cloud, hosting, and colocation services across a global network of data centers, with a mission of “performance without compromise.”

“The Juniper infrastructure allows us to build automation and SDN tools and leverage more intelligent infrastructure and protocols.”

Mike Palladino, VP of Network and Support at Internap


Internap delivers high-performance Internet infrastructure for customers around the world. The company offers virtual and bare-metal cloud, hosting and colocation, IP transit and transport services, in addition to managed network services. Internap backs its services with a 100 percent uptime guarantee.

Business Challenge(s)

To keep up with growth and support the next wave of services for customers, Internap needed to revitalize its network and lower operational overhead. The company needed a next-generation routing platform that would meet its stringent requirements and enable it to offer new revenue-generating services while lowering the cost of delivering current services.

Technology Solution

Internap deployed Juniper routing and switching solutions for its next-generation downstream edge network. Internap’s network follows a hub-and-spoke architecture, with the SDN-ready MX960 3D Universal Edge Router as the hub and EX4200 and EX4550 Ethernet Switches as the spokes. Internap is also evaluating the QFX5100 switch as a path to migrate to Junos Fusion technology in the near future.

Business Results

With its Juniper infrastructure, Internap can bring new and incremental services to market faster, and at a lower price point. It can evaluate customer requests for 40/100 GB services, VPLS and EVPN, transit and transport on the same wire, virtual CPE services, and more. Internap is also embracing SDN and automation to gain operational efficiencies.

“Now we can say with reasonable confidence that we can do what our customers are asking for and what our engineers and architects want to do. The new Juniper platform allows us to bring those ideas to life.”

Steve Orchard, SVP and General Manager, Data Center and Network Services Business Unit at Internap

How we put it together

Flagship edge routing platform for enterprise and service provider applications with unparalleled bandwidth, subscriber, and service scale.

High-performance carrier-class Ethernet switches for converged enterprise branch offices, campuses, and data centers, and for service provider deployments.

High-performance, low-latency data center and cloud switches that can be deployed in a variety of network fabrics or architectures to provide maximum flexibility.