You hear the word network and application together more and more frequently today. Why? Because you actually can build applications more easily than ever using tools that are developer and network friendly and utilize tools you already know how to use (ie: Eclipse IDE).
Historically there's been a divide. But the network and applications need to work together.
The good news? The divide between IT and Developer is getting smaller and smaller - you can now access the network through a series of APIs and an orchestration layer that make it easier to build and scale applications specific to your network. The two need to work together to be successful. We're making this happen today through what we call "Programmability," which enables developer access to data trapped in the network - without frustrating the network engineers who have to deal with the network intricacies (which is *not* an easy task). Essentially we're making it simple for developers to access this network data without mucking up the network.
Now, let's dive into an example.
Junos Space SDK is a toolkit for developers to build and deploy applications across their network. Easy enough. But what we're finding is that it's not taking months to build these applications anymore - it's taking a couple weeks. And these applications are pretty complex. By utilizing RESTful web services & APIs, developers are building faster and smarter apps - smarter because the application is able to access data from the network.
Here's a great example of one of our partners, Firemon, and what they've done with the Space SDK. Firemon has almost finished their security application that enables visibility for security breaches across the (your) entire network. It allows network security managers to see how attacks propagate through the network and show them where to stop attacks at the perimeter. Check it out here:
We have lots of amazing appplications that have been built with Junos Space SDK, and soon you'll see more of them.
If you'd like to start building or get our help doing so, just reach out to us at [email protected] - we've got a slew of experts ready to help you start developing.
For more information as always, ping me direct ([email protected]). I'd love to hear questions, feedback, and more.