Juniper grabs a slice of India’s oil industry • The Register


Juniper Networks scored a victory in India’s oil industry this week after the country’s second-largest state-owned oil producer, Oil India, tapped the networking stalwart to modernize its data center and campus infrastructure.

Efforts are part of an ongoing process initiative by the Indian government unveiled on the country’s 75th Independence Day last year, which aims to achieve full energy independence by 2047. The sweeping initiative includes provisions for the electrification of India’s railway system ; waste recycling; hydrogen production; and, fortunately for Juniper, the rapid expansion of oil and gas infrastructure in all 28 states.

As part of this much broader mission, Oil India plans to deploy Juniper’s switches and firewalls across its data center and campus networks to support higher degrees of automation across 2,000 kilometers. company’s oil and gas pipelines. Additionally, the companies say these upgrades will support the use of autonomous drones and video analytics capabilities to deter illegal activity, detect and contain leaks, and prevent environmental damage.

“Having a Juniper network fabric in our data centers and offices gives Oil India greater business resilience, greater flexibility and choices to deliver better digital experiences to our employees and customers,” said Chandan Kumar Barman, deputy general manager of IT for Oil India, in a can. statement.

Under the partnership, Oil India will deploy Juniper’s QFX5120 switches in its flagship data center, located at its headquarters in Duliajan Assam. The appliances support Layer 2-3 switching and sport up to 48 25 Gbps networking ports as well as multiple 100 Gbps aggregation ports.

Meanwhile, for campus switching, Oil India is deploying a combination of QFX5120 and QFX5110 switches for its core network, and Juniper’s PoE-equipped EX4300 for the distribution layer in a spine-leaf topology.

For routing and security, Oil India uses Juniper’s SRX4200 service gateways in conjunction with its Security Director and Juno Space Network Director software suites.

Oil India also relies on Juniper’s automation tools to offset the operational costs of managing its network. Automation remains a key investment area for the networking giant, following Juniper’s acquisition of Mist in 2019 and intent-based networking provider Apstra in 2020.

Finally, to securely interconnect its data centers, disaster recovery facility and campus networks, Oil India leverages EVPN-VXLAN frameworks, which are natively supported on the aforementioned appliances. The technology allows users to treat physically disparate branch offices and data centers as a single interconnected network.

“Previously, if there was a fiber cut, which is not uncommon, the office could lose connectivity,” Oil India senior technical team member Manas Bordoloi said in a statement. statement. “With a campus structure from Juniper, we have the network resiliency required to support our business operations.” ®


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