AI-Driven SD-WAN

Reliable connectivity, zero-trust security, and AI-based insights

Juniper SD-WAN, driven by Juniper Mist AI™, enables exceptional IT-user and end-user network experiences. Powered by Juniper Session Smart™ Routing and Juniper Mist WAN Assurance, it simplifies network operations and safeguards business matters from client to cloud.

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For a limited time Juniper is offering a special pricing promotion for AI-driven SD-WAN with advanced security.

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How Juniper can help

Juniper’s SD-WAN solution delivers secure and resilient connectivity to today’s cloud-centric businesses. AI-based insights and automation simplify deployments and reduce troubleshooting time, while a tunnel-free architecture eliminates inefficiencies, scaling limitations, and cost constraints of legacy solutions.

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Enhance user experiences

Deliver deterministic, optimized user experiences across the WAN. The Juniper SD-WAN solution improves WAN performance by eliminating the tunnel tax. Paired with the Juniper Mist WAN Assurance service, it delivers AI-based insights and automates troubleshooting for improved uptime and performance enhancements.

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Streamline operations

Deploy sites in minutes, not days, with automated templating tools and zero-touch provisioning (ZTP). Troubleshoot network issues faster to free up IT staff for more strategic business initiatives.

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Strengthen security

Safeguard users and devices across your WAN while streamlining IT operations. Zero trust session integrity driven by secure vector routing and deny-by-default access policies are just some of the ways we ensure simple but effective security in your Juniper SD-WAN and Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) architecture.

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Managed SD-WAN

Juniper SD-WAN is an integral part of a unique, secure client-to-cloud networking approach designed to provide the best operational experience for operators, as well as the best network and application experience for enterprise customers. It leverages AI and the Juniper Mist Cloud Architecture for proactive insights and automation that take the complexity out of network operations and support.

Managed Services

With Juniper’s comprehensive set of industry-leading, AI-Driven solutions, you can deliver managed services differentiated by experience, for you and your enterprise customers. Using Mist AI and the Juniper Mist Cloud Architecture, our solutions arm your NetOps team with proactive insights and automation for the best day 0 through day 2 operations experience.


Make your network threat aware. The Juniper Connected Security portfolio safeguards users, data, and infrastructure by extending security to every point of connection, from client to cloud, across the entire network.

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Simplify branch-office communications with cloud-managed routing, switching, Wi-Fi, and security. Our AI-Driven SD-Branch solution automates and accelerates operations across wired and wireless LANs and WANs, allowing IT teams to do more with less.


Seagate to Leverage Juniper Networks' AI-driven Enterprise Solutions

Seagate Technology® has selected Juniper’s full stack AI-driven enterprise portfolio to support its evolving business needs. The Juniper solution, driven by Mist AI and the cloud, offers Seagate proactive automation and unique client-to-cloud insight, as well as optimized performance and cost savings in key areas of their IT infrastructure.

Seagate, a world leader in mass-data storage infrastructure solutions, has multiple sites in 18 countries that share a vast amount of data. As a way of decreasing network costs and optimizing the performance of key applications between these locations, Seagate is moving from a traditional MPLS network to Juniper’s AI-driven SD-WAN solution. Juniper’s unique tunnel-less SD-WAN architecture can help reduce Seagate’s telco and hosting costs, which is ideal for high bandwidth activities like data transfers.

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AI-driven SD-WAN FAQs

What is AI-driven SD-WAN?

Juniper AI-driven SD-WAN is a tunnel-free, application-aware, and zero-trust secure solution for reliable and secure WAN connectivity. 

What products comprise the Juniper AI-driven SD-WAN solution?

The Juniper Session Smart Router, Mist AI, and Juniper Mist WAN Assurance make up the Juniper AI-driven SD-WAN Solution. 

What are the benefits of Juniper AI-driven SD-WAN?

Juniper AI-driven SD-WAN improves end user and IT user experiences by simplifying operations and improving application performance. Inherent zero trust policies and a tunnel-free architecture enable strong network security without sacrificing performance. AI-driven SD-WAN also collects rich telemetry on network traffic, which—when combined with Mist AI—provides actionable insights into user-experience and possible network issues. 

What are the limitations of tunnel-based SD-WAN solutions like IPsec?

Tunneling protocols like IPsec (Internet Protocol Security) add about 30 percent additional bandwidth per packet sent, which reduces available network capacity and slows application performance. (We refer to this wasted overhead as “badput.”) Additionally, setting up tunnels between every site in a network is time-consuming, error-prone, and scale-limiting. See the ACG Research Report: Tunnel-based versus Tunnel-free SD-WAN to learn more.  

What are the benefits of tunnel-free SD-WAN?

Tunnel-free SD-WAN offers many benefits, including these top three: 

  1. User experience guarantees, along with application performance assurances: Tunnel-free SD-WAN does not add additional overhead to traffic, enabling improved application performance and costs savings. WAN Assurance further enables better user experiences.
  2. Huge scale improvements: Sessions tying an application to a user are addressed individually for as long as the session is open. 
  3. Inherent zero-trust security: This is achieved with a deny-by-default approach to all new traffic accessing the network. 

How does tunnel-free SD-WAN secure traffic?

In a tunnel-free, session-intelligent WAN, traffic is not allowed on the network unless it meets the requirements (such as users, applications, groups, etc.) defined by the session. This deny-by-default approach ensures a zero-trust network.

What are the limitations of tunneling protocols like IPsec?

Tunneling protocols like IPsec add about 30 percent additional bandwidth per packet sent, which reduces available network capacity and slows application performance. (We refer to this wasted overhead as badput.)

Tunneled architectures limit scaling and are inflexible in terms of their topology requirements. They can be hub and spoke, but the hub will slow down real-time traffic. Attempting a point-to-point architecture is possible but becomes very unwieldy and difficult to maintain. A session-based architecture is much more flexible and can optimize for both real-time and asynchronous traffic. 

What are the scaling differences between tunneled SD-WANs and session-intelligent, tunnel-free SD-WANs? 

The difference is huge orders of magnitude in fact. Tunneled WANs can often scale to thousands of sessions; whereas a session-intelligent WAN can scale to millions of sessions. This is because sessions are not kept alive after the user-application transaction is complete. Tunnels continue to exist even when they are not being used. 

What are the main security features in Juniper’s SD-WAN solution?

Juniper’s tunnel-free AI-driven SD-WAN is inherently zero-trust secure with deny-by-default access policies. The Session Smart Router has built-in firewall functionality, such as intrusion detection and prevention (IDP) and URL filtering. It is also FIPS 140-2 certified and PCI and HIPAA compliant. For advanced network security, the Juniper SD-WAN solution integrates with Juniper Secure Edge and third-party security providers to support a complete Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) Architecture. 

What are the deployment options for Juniper AI-driven SD-WAN?

Juniper AI-driven SD-WAN is powered by the Session Smart Router, which is software-based and deployable on Juniper SSR Series Routers, white-box customer premises equipment, data center network servers, and the cloud. Session Smart Routers can be managed on-prem or in the cloud by the Session Smart Conductor or via the Juniper Mist Cloud. 

Who should use the Juniper AI-driven SD-WAN?

Small- and medium-sized business, enterprises, telecommunications providers, and managed service provides looking to modernize their network and improve network user experiences should all consider Juniper’s AI-driven SD-WAN. 

What are the use cases for Juniper AI-driven SD-WAN?

Juniper AI-driven SD-WAN supports the following use cases:

  • Providing optimized experiences for users in all network domains
  • Reducing operational costs, especially to and from the cloud
  • Accelerating cloud migration initiatives
  • Expediting and simplifying WAN deployments and management operations 

Where can I get help with the Juniper AI-driven SD-WAN?

For information regarding AI-driven SD-WAN deployment services, read the AI-driven SD-WAN Deployment services Datasheet. For help with the Session Smart Router, view our Session Smart Router Documentation, take a Training Course, or join our SD-WAN Community.

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