Juniper Networks and IBM Pursue Shared Vision of IT Transformation
Continued Collaboration Offers Customers Choice and Flexibility in Networking Solutions […]
April 28, 2009
Continued Collaboration Offers Customers Choice and Flexibility in Networking Solutions for Today and Tomorrow’s Data Center
Juniper Networks, provider in high-performance networking, announced that Juniper and International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) are continuing to broaden their relationship. Since 2007, the two companies have been working together on joint technology solutions, standards development, network management and managed security services. Specifically in the data center, IBM has included Juniper Networks switching, routing and security products into their data center network portfolio with IBM playing an invaluable role of systems integrator.
“Juniper is an important supplier of networking products,” said Jim Comfort, IBM vice president, enterprise initiatives. “IBM is already a reseller of Juniper’s Ethernet switches and routers, and we continue to look for opportunities to expand this relationship to provide increasing choice for our customers and the flexibility to support their dynamic infrastructure needs.” Learn more about the IBM and Juniper relationship.
“IBM and Juniper share a common vision to continually evolve information infrastructures as a strategic element of business success, and together, we are committed to delivering superior networking solutions to customers,” said Hitesh Sheth, executive vice president and general manager, Ethernet Platforms Business Group, Juniper Networks. “We’ve been very pleased with our progress to-date with IBM in our seven collaborative solutions and shared sales goals, especially in the data center. As we look to the next phase of our relationship, we remain focused on delivering optimal joint infrastructure solutions for our customers.”
Bringing Cloud Computing to Earth
Most recently, the two companies jointly collaborated on a global technology demonstration highlighting how enterprises can seamlessly extend their private data center clouds. The demonstration between Silicon Valley and Shanghai showed a use case where customers could take advantage of remote servers in a secure public cloud to ensure high priority applications are given preference over the lower priority ones when computing resources become constrained. IBM and Juniper are installing these advanced networking capabilities into IBM’s nine worldwide Cloud Labs for customer engagements. Once installed in the nine worldwide Cloud Labs, IBM and Juniper will be able to seamlessly move client computing workloads between private and publicly managed cloud environments enabling customers to reliably deliver on service level agreements.
For the past year, IBM and Juniper have been working together on the Stratus Project, Juniper’s initiative to create a single data center fabric that will deliver a quantum jump in scale, performance and simplicity, with the flexibility to support fully converged and virtualized data center environments. The Stratus Project will address the modern mega data center’s pain points and endeavors to enable cloud computing to fulfill its maximum potential.
Addressing the Challenge of Securing the Cloud
Continued research and innovation in cloud computing security has been another focus for IBM and Juniper. The companies are jointly researching cloud computing security models to highlight how customers can mitigate attacks on corporate data and computer systems.