Juniper Networks has developed a joint network orchestration platform to enable IT-OT convergence for the utilities sector in association with Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL), which designs and builds digital systems to protect power grids.
Juniper Networks said the integrated solution brings together Juniper Event Driven Infrastructure (EDI) with SEL’s software-defined networking (SDN) controller to unlock network telemetry data that ends unplanned downtime, improves asset utilization and automates condition-based maintenance.
The introduction of the Juniper and SEL joint programmable network solution puts utilities on the path to realizing the Self-Driving Network vision, providing the ability to centrally manage these IT-OT environments as a single asset. This allows them to use network telemetry from the field to proactively engineer application traffic with the extreme reliability required for safe operations.
This jointly developed solution can reduce costs by providing centrally managed circuit provisioning and near real-time telemetry monitoring and improve network performance with microsecond network healing and availability of every path and port. Lastly, the solution brings fortified security with deny-by-default, whitelisted multi-layer packet inspection flow provisioning.
“API-converged software and IoT systems offer new insights, new efficiencies, and greatly reduce costs. SEL and Juniper Networks are leading this change together, making the Self-Driving Network a reality by bringing the most advanced security and networking orchestration to the utilities industry,” said James Kelly, Lead Cloud/SDN Architect, Juniper Networks
“SEL and Juniper Networks simplify network control systems whether they are core or substation technologies. Juniper’s ability to orchestrate and automate network elements, combined with our industry leading SDN controller and hardware technologies, greatly simplify how the energy industry can manage infrastructures in the digital age,” said Dave Whitehead, chief operating officer of SEL.