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British Airways picks Juniper Networks to build out cloud, core network

British Airways enhances the digital customer experience through a private cloud datacentre and IP MPLS core backbone

British Airways (BA) has deployed a private cloud network from Juniper Networks to underpin and reinforce customer-facing operations such as ticketing, check-in and baggage tracking.

Juniper CEO Rami Rahim announced the new customer at an event in London during a keynote on digital transformation in the enterprise.

The airline selected Juniper’s MetaFabric datacentre architecture – comprised of its QFabric System and EX Series Ethernet switches – backed by an IP MPLS core backbone network to speed up the deployment of new services and applications at scale. BA said it was attracted to the responsiveness and agility of the supplier’s technology and its emphasis on business continuity.

The core network – made up of MX Series 3D Universal Edge Routers at the core and EX Series Ethernet switches at the provider edge – will connect BA’s datacentres and other operational sites in the UK to ensure fast, reliable connectivity and digital communications as it rolls out flight and customer management systems during the course of 2015.

The system is underpinned by the supplier’s network operating system, Junos, which Juniper said would enable BA to simplify its network management ops and support a straightforward upgrade path when the time comes.

“British Airways is an iconic global brand synonymous with quality and customer service. Its ongoing expectations of online capacity growth and dependence on critical applications to drive the business require an intelligent network that delivers automated, secure, agile networks,” commented Juniper senior vice-president of Europe, the Middle-East and Africa, Gerard Allison.

“The company is a vivid example of how fundamentally important the datacentre has become for today’s innovative enterprises that are building clouds.”

Digital transformation

Juniper’s BA announcement came on a day filled with talk of digital transformation from Rahim and supplier executives alike.

Rahim shared Juniper’s perspective on digital transformation in the enterprise as a combination of hybrid cloud, big data, social and ubiquitous mobility.

Paul Renucci, vice-president of Europe, the Middle-East and Africa sales at Juniper, said: “BA is a good example of an older, well-known business that is leveraging transformative technology as a way to keep ahead of the game.

“I don’t think businesses will necessarily make it into the next decade if they don’t harness these transformational components.”

To help enterprise customers smooth this transition, the supplier launched Juniper Networks Unite, a new reference architecture providing simplified and secure network infrastructure systems to modernise enterprise campus and branch networks into cloud-enabled service platforms.

It said Unite would provide an agile and secure network architecture for businesses looking to quickly deploy cloud apps and services through a single, easily managed platform.

The platform is comprised of enterprise switching, security, routing and software products, as well as third-party systems through the open convergence framework (OCF).

It also launched an advanced threat prevention service called Juniper Sky, a security management platform and new services gateways. ..........................................

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