Jazz selects Juniper Networks for data centre infrastructure

Juniper Networks has been chosen by Jazz to build fully-automated data centre infrastructure to support data, music and video services

Juniper Networks has been selected by Jazz, Pakistan’s number one 4G operator and the largest internet and leading digital service provider, to create a next-gen data centre network to support Jazz’s services delivery platform for its 74.9 million subscribers.

The new network will support a wide range of customer-facing services that demand reliability and fast data throughput to support a consistently strong user experience. 

These include cloud-based enterprise data services, mobile banking, music and video download/streaming services, as well as professional services such as an agricultural application for four million farmers who rely on it for information, advice and guidance in remote areas.

“In common with all service providers globally, Jazz faces relentless data demand and heightened expectations for seamless digital services. As a result, we wanted to completely rethink our data centre operations, using ground-breaking automation to create the best possible user experiences for our enterprise customers and subscribers. Operational simplicity was another important goal, to deliver cost reductions and improved ease of use for our technical teams in the face of massive demand at scale,” said Abdul Rehman Usmani, Vice President of Technology at Jazz

“We evaluated multiple vendors, but Juniper’s ability to deliver the exact networking outcomes we needed meant that a highly strategic decision was very straightforward to make,” he added.

Improving user experience

Jazz offers a portfolio of digital services to enterprises and subscribers in Pakistan. It selected Juniper’s technology and expertise to underpin its latest project. 

Jazz will deploy the Juniper Apstra System to deliver intent-based networking (IBN) capabilities. This enables Jazz to design and operate its data centre network based on outcomes, with the entire data centre lifecycle automated, from Day 0 (design) through Day 1 (configuration and deployment) to Day 2+ (ongoing operations).

The new data centre infrastructure includes a spine-and-leaf architecture built with the Juniper Networks QFX Series Switches and fully integrated with the Juniper Apstra System.

“The power of automation, bound within a single operational framework thanks to intent-based networking, enables Jazz to address the relevant operational questions, find the right answers quickly and make the best decisions. This means its network becomes a strategic business tool, leveraging data to deliver robust deployment and operational efficiencies and eliminates traditional network constraints that force choices between speed and reliability. Based on data from other Juniper customers, the result will be dramatic savings on downstream costs and tremendous returns on networking investments,” said Mike Bushong, Vice President, Cloud Ready Data Center at Juniper Networks.

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