Juniper Storms Into Ethernet Switching
Juniper might also beat Nexus to market, at least with the smaller boxes. The EX 3200 and EX 4200 series are due to ship in March; the EX 8200 won't be coming until the second half of the year. (The first Nexus chassis ships in the second quarter.)
Boxes alone won't get Juniper into the hearts of enterprise users, however. Juniper spiced its announcement by bringing in big-name partners.
Early in the New York presentation, IBM took the stage to announce it's using Juniper's equipment as part of a managed security services offering.
Chris Rouland, chief technology officer of IBM's security systems group, also noted his company has big plans to take advantage of the SDK. Closed networks "have forced applications like threat mitigation and security to the edge of the network," he said -- which has given rise to a frequently quoted security maxim that the network is "hard on the outside and soft and chewy in the middle."
"I'm glad to hear it's more than just a security partnership. The fact that it goes all the way into IBM Global Services is positive," Daubenspeck says.
Juniper's hookup with IBM has been rumored for some time. Many observers think it's a logical move, because Cisco's data center advances -- the inclusion of storage networking in Nexus's story, for instance -- are beginning to encroach on IBM's turf.
Microsoft and Oracle representatives were due to speak at Juniper's New York event but had not taken the stage at press time.
— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading