Juniper hones product dev for cloud, intelligent networks
19 June 2014 | 0
Rahim says Juniper’s current switching line-up, highlighted by the EX9200 and QFX5100, address a “very large segment” of the enterprise and service provider private, hybrid and public cloud data centre market, and this is what helped the company grow its switching business 46% in the first quarter. Juniper’s experience in data centre fabric and automation technologies also catalysed that growth, and helped win business in AT&T’s Domain 2.0 SDN project and with global bank UBS, he says. In the AT&T win, Juniper worked with the carrier in a DevOps model to align software development with operations and then quickly cut over to production mode.
In SDNs, Rahim says Juniper has 20 paying enterprise and service provider customers for its Contrail SDN controller, including CloudDynamics and CyberPort, and 1,300 downloads of its OpenContrail open source SDN controller.
There is speculation Juniper may divest its access routing portfolio and its Junos Pulse mobile security management product line as part of the IOP
Juniper is also paring its product line as part of the IOP. The company recently allied with Aruba Networks for wireless LAN integration with Juniper switches, and for joint development and marketing, a development some see as an eventual exit from internal WLAN development based on Juniper’s 2010 acquisition of Trapeze Networks.
There is also speculation that Juniper may divest its access routing portfolio and its Junos Pulse mobile security management product line as part of the IOP. Rahim wouldn’t comment on company plans for these particular product lines but stressed that this assessment should be ongoing for any company.
“It’s very healthy for a company like Juniper to constantly evaluate and make sure the products we’re developing are aligned with our strategy and are meeting our financial objectives,” Rahim says. “We will make adjustments. Our wireless LAN products are still getting sold. But Aruba gives us the ability to offer different options for our customers, it strengthens our overall solutions. Security is a fundamental importance to our strategy at Juniper. We absolutely believe that the products we can offer across routing, switching and security help us address our customers’ most pressing requirements in the best possible way. Security is a critical ingredient of that.”
Jim Duffy, IDG News Service