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Juniper Networks Picks Up BTI Systems, New Edge in Cloud & Networking

By Steve Anderson January 26, 2016

New word from Juniper Systems is that the firm will soon have a real edge in the cloud and networking market as it has entered into an agreement to acquire BTI Systems,  who is well-known in the field for cloud and networking tools.  As a company blog post explained, however, there should be plenty more advantage to come once BTI is fully integrated with Juniper.

Juniper noted in a blog post that the deal would be subject to what it called “customary closing conditions,” and that the company wasn't disclosing the terms of the agreement. That in itself is nothing new, but Juniper offered something of an explanation as to why it wasn't talking, which was somewhat unusual. The blog post noted that the “...terms are not considered to be material to our financials”. More information will follow after the deal concludes, a development set for the second quarter of 2016.

The post also suggests there were no layoffs as a result of this deal, as the post notes “BTI Systems' accomplished team” as one of the biggest parts of the acquisition, and welcomes the entire company to the Juniper team.

With BTI in its fold, Juniper looks to combine its products with the NorthStar Controller system, giving Juniper new and better capability to offer both open and automated packet optical transport systems. That in turn means a new slate of network management tools, along with better ability to provide complete provisioning of new services, and that means that Juniper can better pursue metro markets, as well as data center interconnect (DCI) markets.

The data center market is a big deal, and that's a point reflected not only in this deal, but also at ITEXPO currently underway in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. A session set for 9 a.m. on Thurs, Jan. 28 called “Building a Massively Scalable Cloud Service from the Ground Up,” will address topics of the data center and cloud service connectivity.

Juniper's move here is likely to prove solid; it seems to be looking to cement its position in what is likely to be a growth market in the coming years, particularly as more services are provided on a cloud basis. It's almost one of those moves that's like selling shovels in a gold rush, and should pay off pretty big. The NorthStar Controller was already impressive by some estimations, and augmenting it accordingly helps ensure it will keep up with technological needs and fend off potential competitors.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

Contributing Writer

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