Juniper Networks and Sonus on Tues announced an alliance to develop Software Defined Network capabilities, integrating the Sonus 5000 Series of Session Border Controllers with Juniper’s MX Series routers and SRC Policy Engine. That all sounds complicated (and it is), but the main takeaway is that the combo aims to let service providers handle the surge in video and Unified Communications traffic without resorting to the expensive overprovisioning of networks. The companies are also working on ways to enable service providers to more rapidly scale their services up or down based on user demands, as well as use APIs to improve service delivery.
 
The partnership is all part of Juniper’s Technology Alliance Program aimed at simplifying how service providers deliver differentiated Cloud-based UC and video to enterprises. The companies point to the explosion in cloud-based services, noting that Gartner predicts that end user spending to result in a 16.8% compound annual growth rate from 2011 to 2017 to a whopping $237 billion market. Sonus and Juniper will demo the wares at Juniper Networks’ OpenLab, The Junos and SDN Center for Innovation in Bridgewater, NJ.
 
“By partnering with Sonus to fully integrate and test these solutions, we believe we are simplifying the delivery of tiered services required by our service provider customers,” said Aruna Ravichandran, Juniper’s vp, product and solutions marketing.

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