Dutch Broadcaster VPRO Taps Juniper to Modernize Data Center Network

Juniper Networks

Juniper Networks has announced that VPRO, an independent Dutch broadcasting organization, has deployed Juniper’s solutions to modernize its data center network in support of the video-heavy requirements of three public broadcasters using a shared infrastructure.

VPRO deployed QFX Series switches and EX Series Ethernet Switches from Juniper to set up a world-class data center network that can deliver a superior experience to content editors, producers and staff creating thought-provoking documentaries.

As viewers’ appetite for VPRO’s distinct perspective has grown internationally, the organization needed a more powerful IT infrastructure to support its editorial and production teams as they create content for websites, mobile apps, television, radio, live events and print.

The VPRO team also needed to support the technology needs of NTR, a Dutch educational public broadcaster, and BNNVARA, a youth-oriented public broadcaster.

The technology solution will provide a host of operational benefits including:

Faster service delivery as a result of automated, programmable fabric architecture. VPRO’s production environment supports applications that move hundreds of gigabits per second of uncompressed video every day.

Increased flexibility and simplicity to meet the extreme demands of a broadcast environment for all types of production services, including cloud-based video production, video display, post production, playout and uplink communication for all three broadcasters: VPRO, NTR and BNNVARA.

Reduced time-to-market by 17 percent with revenue-generating new content as a result of automated systems and processes.
· Reduced troubleshooting time and optimized, consistent performance, due to streamlined application infrastructure resources, which has a significant impact on end-user experience.

Increased return on investment as a result of centralization with reduced physical footprint on location.

To accomplish this, VPRO implemented the following Juniper solutions:

Juniper Networks® QFX5110 Switch acting as the leaf and spine device. The 10/40/100GbE QFX5110 switch is optimized for high performance and density in a demanding data center environment. VPRO’s new data center network is designed for scale, manageability and sustainability.

EVPN/VXLAN architecture, supporting efficient Layer 2/Layer 3 network connectivity. With VPRO, BNNVARA and NTR sharing the infrastructure, the data center network needed to support multi-tenancy while remaining flexible. With EVPN/VXLAN, VPRO can maintain network separation between the three companies.

EVPN/VXLAN also allows VPRO to extend its Layer 2 networks to other parts of the organization to support its disaster recovery site.

“Editing, storing and transferring high-definition video places big demands on the network nowadays and video and audio files get bigger and bigger, so we needed more bandwidth to support our day-to-day activities. The powerful data center network, enabled by Juniper, can easily scale to support the objectives of the three public broadcasters as well as the work of sales and marketing, finance, human resources and legal,” said, Valentijn Flik, Lead Architect, VPRO.

“Media companies in the Netherlands are embracing cloud applications for communications, collaboration, file sharing and storage at a time when the broadcast industry has never been more in demand or so fiercely competitive. VPRO is a prime example of a company realizing that its network can differentiate in this climate and build a new network that is cloud-ready and engineered for simplicity and reliability to deliver a better user experience,” explained, Steven Blees, Enterprise Lead, Benelux, Juniper Networks.