Juniper Networks announces close of Apstra acquisition

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Mumbai: Juniper Networks has closed the acquisition of Apstra – the intent-based networking automation provider, the company said in a statement.

For Juniper, the closing of Apstra’s buyout marks a meaningful step toward delivering a portfolio for the datacentre across all customer segments – enterprise, service provider and cloud provider.

Apstra brings network automation based on an open, multivendor architecture to Juniper’s datacentre networking portfolio.

The combined company delivers a proven open, programmable and highly scalable solution for next-generation datacentres and cloud networks. Providing customers with the clearest and quickest path to automate the datacentre and introduce AI-driven operations.

The Apstra team is now part of Juniper’s datacentre business. Apstra CEO and Co-founder, David Cheriton has joined Juniper Networks as Chief Data Center Scientist.

“Apstra acquisition is a significant milestone for our business. It reinforces our commitment to transforming datacentre operations,” said Mike Bushong, VP – DataCentre Product Management, Juniper Networks.

Apstra’s focus on intent-based networking, closed-loop automation, and fabric assurance is a perfect complement to Juniper’s award-winning hardware and software.

“Together, we can drive lasting customer value from design to deployment (Day 0 and 1) through everyday operations and assurance (Day 2 and beyond),” added Bushong.

“Cloud – not just as a destination for workloads, but also as an operating model and set of technologies for intelligent automation – is driving profound change and disruption, according to Brad Casemore, Research VP – Data Centre Networks, IDC.

“Increasingly, organisations that own and operate their own datacentres realise that their networks must be modernised both architecturally and operationally to support cloud-native applications and workloads,” said Casemore.

“With the acquisition of Apstra, Juniper is responding to the urgent need for simplified, streamlined cloud-centric operations,” opined Casemore. These help architects and network operators collaborate effectively to achieve greater agility throughout the network lifecycle.

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