Digital cohesion: a new era
NETWORK DEVELOPMENT IS TAKING US ONTO NEW PATHWAYS. JASON MCGEE ABE ANALYSES THE VISION WHICH RAMI RAHIN, CEO, JUNIPER NETWORKS OUTLINES FOR THE FUTURE OF DIGITAL COHESION AND THE VERY DIFFERENT WORLD IT WILL USHER IN
Juniper Networks CEO Rami Rahim recently laid out a new vision of networking innovation, not just for the company, but for the industry he believes is behind and has a timid view on automation.
“This innovation journey we’re on has no destination,” said Rahim, who was appointed CEO exactly two years ago, in his “Digital Cohesion: A new era being born” presentation at the company’s Open Disruptive Decade event. “Digital cohesion is a future in which applications connect and self-assemble to deliver compelling mega-services that enhance our lives,” said Rahim to delegates in London.
He believes that “backed by the power of the cloud” digital cohesion will see application move away from point services and static user-initiated tasks to holistic end-to-end mega services which are adaptive, predictive and autonomous. “No manuals will be needed and with technology working seamlessly in the background we’ll have little to no human intervention, which will free us up to focus our efforts to realise and reach digital cohesion. In the future, we believe that machines will be constantly learning based on your interests, habits, requirements and your peers and this will be the next key wave of innovation,” said Rahim.
However, a lot of things need to evolve – government programmes, regulation, data privacy shields, IOT and M2M - to enable this and ensure the true success of digital cohesion.
In Rahim’s opinion there are four key barriers to digital cohesion: (1) Economics of automation; (2) Performance; (3) Interoperability; and (4) Trust. The ‘economics of automation’ barrier, certainly linked to the ever-growing pursuit of better value at lower prices, “conjures up a few misconceptions”, warns Rahim. “Some people see it as a way of killing jobs, we see it as a way to free up capacity to innovate. We believe automation is the next big thing in networking.” He adds: “It also doesn’t matter what I think about it, but the economics of automation is inescapable,” as he adds - it is crucial to deliver the next generation of applications and services. “When we reach the limits of a single data processor we will move to multi-core processors, from racks we move to full data centres, and then we connect all the data centres together to provide the cloud.”
“What we are doing is putting space between compute storage and the consumers which puts unprecedented pressure on the networks themselves. Through the power of the cloud it puts more importance on the network. We are moving to a world where we need to scale-out,” Rahim adds. “The power of interoperability has allowed us to build the greatest platform the world has ever seen, the internet,” but interoperability and openness at every layer is another hurdle. “The future of networking will be one of class layers – optimised, automated and orchestrated - that reaches the full potential of interoperability networks. “The barriers that need to be countered have never been larger. Fundamental laws [such as Moore’s law] are coming to an end, some things are breaking down,” Rahim said. “Industries will have to provide common language, governments the legislation, and we all have to keep things safe. What should not be taken for granted is the basic building blocks for progress.”
Finally, in order to reach digital cohesion there must be trust between operators and consumers. “A new way of thinking about securing networks is also going to be required. We believe trust and security in networks will be built as each and every part of the network must adhere to all. The future is exciting,” concluded Rahim.
We believe automation is the next big thing in networking” Rami Rahim, CEO, Juniper Networks