Written by Jennifer Lin
Prior to joining Juniper through the acquisition of Contrail Systems, Jennifer was a member of the early team and VP, Product Management at Contrail Systems, where she led the product management and marketing activities.
Receiving the benefits of a cloud environment and keeping the control in a private IT environment is a one of the primary driving factors for SDN and IT as a service in the financial services market. Moving forward, in order to enforce network and security policies, Jennifer Lin envisions the public cloud environment to be an extension of the private cloud.
In financial services, the biggest interest has been around this notion of IT as a service, getting some of the benefits of a Cloud environment but still keeping the control in a private IT environment. Yes, a lot of the users of IT would like the AWS type experience of a Cloud where they can just go to a portal and grab what they need without filing a trouble ticket. The reality is many of the applications in that enterprise environment are on premise, in a private environment in their data centers and they need to be pretty diligent about where they move.
The example that I was thinking about in financial services, we're working with one banking customer who has implemented open stack for their mobile banking environment and they've been needing to move very quickly to roll out new mobile banking applications. For those development teams, they need to quickly move from development to QA and testing to production in a more SASS like web model, mobile application model. That's in deployment today for their private Cloud.
Moving forward, a lot of what they want to be able to do is make the public Cloud environment an extension of that private Cloud environment so that they can enforce network and security policies, whether it's on premise or not.