Monday, April 27, 2009

Juniper Networks and IBM Extend Alliance

Juniper Networks and IBM announced plans to broadden their relationship. Specifically in the data center, IBM has included Juniper Networks switching, routing and security products into their data center network portfolio with IBM serving in the role of systems integrator.

The two companies have recently demonstrated how enterprises can seamlessly extend their private data center clouds. The demonstration between Silicon Valley and Ireland 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.

Furthermore, the companies are jointly researching cloud computing security models to highlight how customers can mitigate attacks on corporate data and computer systems.