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Vodafone Business Launches AI-driven SD-LAN with Juniper Networks

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New managed services uniquely deliver automation, insight and assurance needed for key enterprise digital transformation and sustainability initiatives

Juniper Networks, a leader in secure, AI-driven networks, announced that Vodafone Business is now delivering a new SD-LAN (Software Defined Local Area Networking) managed service built on its leading wired and wireless access solutions.  

With Juniper as the underlying networking solution for SD-LAN, Vodafone Business’ global customers can leverage the unique benefits of Juniper Mist driven by Mist AI and the cloud, which provides customers with real-time insights into user experiences, as well as automated self-driving operations that streamline deployment and facilitate day-to-day operations. Combined with Vodafone Business’ expertise, the SD-LAN service delivers predictable, reliable, and measurable wired/wireless services that can leverage proactive, automated operations to eliminate an estimated 90% of manually generated trouble tickets based on results from other Juniper Mist customers.

Vodafone Business offers customers fully managed and co-managed SD-LAN services with flexible subscription models, including the opportunity to own their on-premises equipment. It is based on Juniper’s wide array of wireless Access Points and EX switches, managed via cloud-driven wired and wireless access assurance services and the industry’s only AI-driven virtual network assistant (VNA). With advanced AIOps (AI for IT Operations) capabilities, Vodafone Business can offer a superior SD-LAN solution with simple zero-touch provisioning for quick onboarding, proactive problem detection and resolution for maximum resiliency, and customizable wired and wireless service levels for assured user experiences. 

Vodafone Business and Juniper share a focus on the importance of more sustainable networking for their own and their customers’ operations, a philosophy that underpins the SD-LAN service. With AI-driven automation for deployment verification and troubleshooting, the new managed service can significantly reduce the number of site visits (in one case study, site visits were reduced by 85%), saving on carbon emissions. In addition, the cloud-based offering consumes less power and space than alternative wired/wireless solutions by minimizing on-site appliances (e.g., wireless LAN controllers). The SD-LAN service supports the circular economy via the Juniper Certified Pre-Owned Program (JCPO) and a Try & Buy option.

Supporting Quotes

“With the advent of boundless working, it’s imperative to hyper-connect your business with productive and limitless workplaces, utilizing the latest technologies that inspire collaboration and empower staff to work safely and productively. Vodafone Business SD-LAN managed service powered by Juniper Mist optimizes operations, performance and user experience through centralized cloud control, anonymized deep insights and AI analytics. From risk-free migrations to E2E In life support, we are ensuring our customers a worry-free transition with each step. As a core part of the proposition, sustainability options are embedded across the product lifecycle to support customers’ sustainability goals.”

  • Andy Kivell, Head of Connectivity Portfolio, Vodafone Business

“Competing in a digital world is fundamentally important to enterprises in any sector, region. But for some, specifying, owning and managing an intelligent, fit-for-purpose network platform is prohibitively complex and costly. A managed service built on Juniper’s technology and delivered by Vodafone’s expertise solves that challenge very elegantly. This approach enables more enterprises to build their business and scale up on a sustainable, AI-driven experience-first network, without the operational overhead.”

  • Sally Bament, VP, Field & Industry Marketing, Juniper Networks

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