Juniper Waves Its Wallet at Wandl

Juniper is to acquire network planning and optimization software specialist Wandl, an existing partner, for $60 million, the companies announced late Monday.

Wandl has developed a number of software tools used to design, manage, optimize, and monitor IP/MPLS, optical, TDM, and legacy data networks, including its MIND (Multilayer IP-over-transport Network Design) product for packet/optical networks.

Wandl has about 200 customers (telcos, enterprises, government organizations), including BT Group plc, Chunghwa Telecom Co. Ltd. (NYSE: CHT), Telefónica SA, Telecom Italia (TIM) , and Verizon Communications Inc..

The Wandl team will remain in New Jersey and work closely with Juniper's Junos innovation center (aka OpenLab). In 2011, Wandl enabled the integration of its software with the virtual Junosphere networking lab. (See this Wandl announcement and Juniper Opens Its Junosphere Lab.)

Why this matters
The ability to provide multivendor, multiprotocol, multi-technology network management capabilities is becoming increasingly important to major vendors as network operators seek greater efficiencies and greater options, especially as they consider the introduction of software-defined networking (SDN) technology into their networks.

And as SDN creeps into wide area networks, the ability to manage a mix of traditional, hardware-based network elements and software-defined elements is going to be key in the coming years, so the combination of its Contrail SDN solution with enhanced management and optimization capabilities from Wandl looks like a sensible move by Juniper.

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t.bogataj 12/18/2013 | 2:38:39 AM
Re: This looks smart! @DOShea: This is no good news for the industry overall. It means that any OSS/BSS vendor entering the SDN-controller segment will be acquired, which will effectively cut off other (SDN infrastructure) vendors from integration/interop attempts. It means that big-name bullies are monopolising the SDN-controller segment. All inline with their activities in the OpenDaylight project.

dwx 12/17/2013 | 11:02:45 AM
Re: This looks smart! This has been coming for awhile now and really gives Juniper the ability to tightly integrate Wandl's abilities into a WAN-focused SDN controller/PCE.  Contrail is completely datacenter focused and doesn't have have the ability to do any kind of path computation, internally at Junper Contrail and the WAN SDN initiatives are completely separate, as they are at Cisco as well.  

With the focus on SDN all three of the major WAN network planning/optimization companies have been snatched up.  Cariden by Cisco, OpNet by Riverbed, and now Wandl by Juniper.  
DOShea 12/17/2013 | 8:53:17 AM
Re: This looks smart! Yes, it looks like this deal strikes at the heart of current SDN challenges and concerns around architectural planning and OSS Wandl has done a lot with other vendors, like Ciena. I wonder how those relationships will be affected.
[email protected] 12/17/2013 | 8:44:19 AM
This looks smart! Wandly - well entrenched, multivendor OSS at the heart of what next gen networking is about. This looks low-risk for Juniper and with what could be a very nice addition to its existing traditional and next gen SDN proposition (Contrail).
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