Sterling Perrin, Light Reading

Cloud Metro- One Converged Metro for the 5G Era

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Side-by-side photographs of host Sterling Perrin, Light Reading, and Brendan Gibbs, VP Product Management, Juniper Networks, as they talk about Cloud Metro.

The 5G transformation isn’t optional. Here’s how to manage it. 

Network operators, how are you managing the 5G revolution? This episode of Light Reading features Juniper’s Brendan Gibbs as he discusses how Cloud Metro portfolio can help network operators with the transformation to 5G.

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You’ll learn

  • How Gibbs thinks 5G will transform the Cloud Metro (hint: there’s going to be a sea change) 

  • How network operators can differentiate themselves during this time of change

  • The biggest challenges for current metro architectures, and how to meet them with Juniper Cloud Metro 

Who is this for?

Network Professionals Business Leaders


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Sterling Perrin
Light Reading 

Guest speakers

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Brendan Gibbs
VP Product Management, Juniper Networks



0:05 [Music]

0:06 i'm sterling parent with heavy reading

0:08 and i'm here today talking with brandon

0:10 gibbs brendan is the vp of product

0:12 management with juniper networks

0:14 and today we're going to be talking a

0:15 little bit about the metro cloud hi

0:17 brandon welcome good to talk to you

0:19 hey sterling thanks for having me here

0:21 yeah sure exciting times

0:23 um 5g you know every every all talk is

0:26 about 5g

0:27 these days certainly in our our surveys

0:29 5g is the

0:30 top priority among operators globally

0:32 over and over again how do you see 5g

0:35 transforming the metro

0:38 you know i think 5g is really going to

0:40 drive a sea change in

0:41 requirements as well as network

0:42 architectures i think it's doing a few

0:45 things first of all one of the original

0:46 premises of 5g

0:48 was to dramatically increase the

0:50 bandwidth

0:51 so just having numerous new 5g

0:54 devices attached to the network is going

0:56 to drive a dramatic

0:58 increase in bandwidth requirements

1:00 another key requirement

1:01 was latency as in reduced latency and so

1:04 having reduced latency is going to force

1:06 service providers to push

1:08 more and more applications ever closer

1:10 to the edge of the network and that's

1:12 going to include

1:13 super high bandwidth applications such

1:15 as video

1:16 but also security and one of the things

1:18 5g also is going to do is dramatically

1:20 increase the number of devices on the

1:22 network so

1:23 increased capacity and lower latency and

1:25 increased number of devices

1:28 and so we're going to start seeing more

1:29 and more video caching get pushed closer

1:31 to the end user

1:32 we're going to see security

1:33 authentication and security applications

1:36 pushed ever closer

1:37 and also 5g user planes pushed ever

1:39 closer

1:40 so it creates a dramatic you know uh

1:43 huge sea change of dynamics in the metro

1:47 right so a lot of change we're certainly

1:49 hearing this as well

1:50 in our interviews and surveys what um

1:53 given that what do you see as the main

1:55 opportunities then for for network

1:56 operators

1:58 well i think um service writers have a

2:00 huge opportunity to differentiate

2:02 themselves in this time you know they've

2:05 got a huge opportunity with

2:07 so-called beachfront property service

2:09 writers

2:10 own compelling central office space

2:12 close to end users it gives them the

2:14 opportunity to really exploit that low

2:16 latency capability

2:17 that their competitors even some public

2:19 cloud operators really can't match

2:22 so being able to exploit that capability

2:24 for business benefit is a key

2:26 advantage for them by being able to

2:28 monetize those applications

2:30 on top of the network where previously

2:32 they were really focused more on

2:34 basic network connectivity and i think

2:36 it's going to drive an extra level of

2:38 stickiness as well because with more and

2:40 more applications distributed it's going

2:42 to drive more focus on

2:44 customer experience and that's another

2:46 area where

2:47 operators can really differentiate

2:48 themselves and we at juniper start

2:51 uh calling this the idea of an

2:52 experienced first network and i think

2:54 service boarders are really a prime

2:56 opportunity to leverage that capability

2:58 right so moving from connectivity

3:01 or you know what gets uh talked about

3:04 for years the the bit pipe provider

3:07 up to differentiated services which is

3:10 you know absolutely critical as you look

3:12 at the um the revenue

3:14 trajectory for operators even in

3:16 mobility it's

3:17 um been a fairly flat line so they need

3:19 to boost that up

3:20 um you know so the metro architecture of

3:22 course is part of that

3:24 um but the um you know from juniper's

3:27 view from what i see and hear from you

3:28 guys

3:28 the current architectures are kind of

3:30 falling down in the face of that

3:32 that change what do you see as the

3:34 biggest challenges then for the current

3:35 metro architectures

3:37 given the shift yeah i mean given

3:39 everything i just said

3:40 um nothing that's really deployed today

3:42 for 3g and 4g services is really going

3:45 to be suitable for 5g

3:46 there's new protocols that are required

3:49 new

3:49 phase and frequency timing that aren't

3:52 not generally

3:53 available in prior gen metro platforms

3:55 there's just not enough capacity in the

3:57 the prior generation of platforms either

4:00 so for that reason alone you're going to

4:02 need a completely

4:04 new refresh of metro access and

4:06 aggregation platforms

4:08 but also think about the the the shift i

4:10 talked about with

4:11 service distribution into the metro

4:13 that's going to change in

4:14 the entire traffic pattern flow because

4:16 it used to be

4:17 where traffic would come in from the

4:19 access and they would just go out

4:20 linearly kind of east to west

4:22 uh to uh you know in one area

4:25 and out the other from from the router

4:27 from access to aggregation to edge to

4:29 core kind of a linear traffic pattern

4:31 but with traffic moving into the metro

4:34 and with the advent

4:35 to host these applications uh such as

4:37 edge compute or mobile edge compute

4:39 now you're going to start seeing a

4:41 dramatic pattern shift

4:42 a network traffic pattern shift where

4:45 you're going to have east and west

4:46 north south all the same architecture

4:49 all the same

4:49 point within the network so that drives

4:52 new architectures that

4:54 drives new traffic patterns that further

4:56 increases the bandwidth requirements of

4:58 the platforms themselves

4:59 also so i think there's just going to be

5:02 a massive

5:03 new shift in architectures and platforms

5:06 that providers are going to need to

5:07 react to

5:08 and nothing to deploy today for 4g is

5:10 really capable

5:12 great yeah so obviously juniper's

5:14 getting ready for that

5:15 i know there's a new strategy instead of

5:17 products around cloud metro maybe

5:19 in the few minutes we have left here can

5:21 you just give a brief overview of what

5:22 the cloud metro

5:24 is and really with a focus on you know

5:26 how this strategy and product set would

5:28 would help

5:28 network operators well you know

5:31 juniper is has some of the most

5:33 extensive expertise building large-scale

5:36 networks in the world from a lot of our

5:37 experience with cloud scale operators

5:40 with public cloud what we're doing is

5:42 we're taking those

5:43 same automated high capacity high scale

5:46 operations

5:47 and bringing that uniquely to the

5:48 service provider network

5:50 and we've coined a phrase for this which

5:52 is the cloud metro

5:53 this is everything i've discussed with

5:55 the new capacity new protocols

5:57 for timing as well as segment routing

5:59 evpn

6:00 uh srv6 with flexalgo etc

6:03 all of that new changes but we've done a

6:06 few things

6:07 we've introduced new platforms that are

6:09 designed for this high

6:10 capacity scale with our acx platform

6:12 specifically the acx

6:14 7100 platforms we've paired that with a

6:18 massive degree of service intelligence

6:20 and awareness built into the platforms

6:22 so the platforms themselves are timing

6:24 aware

6:26 slicing aware for you know new network

6:28 uh transport slicing capabilities

6:30 um and also with the embedded ip

6:34 intelligence to offer that type of any

6:36 to any

6:36 service steering within the metro

6:39 finally though

6:40 we've paired that with our best-in-class

6:42 new paragon

6:43 automation suite so we can offer

6:45 compelling new

6:46 outcomes for operators such as lower

6:49 total cost of operation to manage such

6:51 huge scale operations and also

6:55 dramatic lowering of trouble tickets and

6:58 other sort of

6:59 capabilities that are required for

7:01 management of such large scale networks

7:03 we can offer things such as transport

7:05 network slicing end to end across an

7:07 entire metro

7:08 and we can also help providers realize

7:10 that experience

7:11 first network with the ability to

7:14 actually monitor end-to-end service

7:16 streams

7:17 and this came from our acquisition of

7:18 net rounds late last year

7:20 where we can monitor services at the you

7:22 know application layer whether it's

7:24 video

7:24 whether it's 3g 3gpp mobile service

7:27 traffic

7:28 whether it's voice traffic etc and this

7:30 helps operators themselves

7:32 uh answer the key question of how do you

7:34 know how do you know your network is up

7:36 how do you know your network is having

7:37 great quality for your end customers end

7:39 to end

7:40 so as they move into this new 5g enabled

7:43 network

7:44 and service capabilities they can rest

7:47 confident in the knowledge that their

7:48 network is

7:49 superbly available and with superb

7:52 quality end-to-end

7:53 with juniper solutions all right a lot

7:56 of innovations

7:57 coming in converging all around the

7:58 metro and specifically to to address 5g

8:02 which i think is um

8:04 exactly exactly true it's been uh and

8:06 i'm sure a lot more to come

8:07 so look forward to catching up with you

8:09 and thanks though for sharing your

8:10 insights today brendan look forward

8:12 to following the progress thanks thank

8:24 you

8:27 you

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