Juniper, a multinational company specializing in information technology and computer networking products, has unveiled new software, services, systems, and partnerships the company claims will help enterprise IT "dramatically" cut back on costs and reduce data center complexity.
"Today's announcements overcome the 'old network' approach to adding more boxes to boost performance, which adds cost and complexity to the data center," Juniper said. "Alternatively, optimizing for economics has typically required sacrificing speed, scalability and other performance needs. Juniper has now created a "new network" alternative for customers by delivering a cloud-ready data center architecture that eliminates trade-offs between experience and economics."
Part of the announcement includes new switches and routers that Juniper says will yield up to a five-fold and eight-fold improvement in performance, respectively. The other part involves new capabilities, including a new network application platform and Juniper Care Plus services portfolio.
"It's time for a fundamental change in the data center — one that opens up the network, makes it much easier to manage, and delivers the right experiences without sacrificing economics," said Kevin Johnson, CEO of Juniper Networks.
Juniper on Thursday announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Ankeena Networks, a privately held media content company. The goal, says Juniper, is to integrate Ankeena's technology into its Junos Ready Software and offer the technology to service providers interested in addressing the demand for video and rich media content on fixed and mobile networks.
"Juniper's acquisition of Ankeena reflects our commitment to transforming the experience and economics of networking — in this case by delivering an enhanced TV-like user experience of both fixed and mobile video traffic, while enabling crucial TCO reductions for operators," said Manoj Leelanivas, executive vice president and general manager, Junos Ready Software at Juniper Networks.
According to Juniper, the financial impact of the acquisition will be immaterial with consideration at closing of less than $100 million. Additional terms of the transaction were not disclosed.