December 23, 2010, 9:07 AM — Juniper's strategic initiatives in 2011 and beyond are cloud computing and the mobile Internet.
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In cloud computing, Juniper next year will unleash products to support its Project Stratus plan to deliver a flat, unified fabric for data centers and cloud computing environments. The products will include switches and routers designed to be able to be linked together into a virtual chassis.
Juniper has also lined up IBM to help it develop the Stratus fabric. Stratus is designed to flatten and scale data center and cloud switching fabrics for high-performance, low latency, resiliency and support for LAN and storage convergence.
In the mobile Internet, Juniper is acquiring companies to fill out its portfolio in several areas of this market. Most recently, it acquired WLAN pioneer Trapeze Networks from Trapeze parent Belden to fill a yawning gap in its mobile enterprise offerings. And earlier this year, Juniper acquired SMobile, a maker of security software for mobile handsets supporting an array of operating systems.
Juniper CEO Kevin Johnson recently prepared analysts for major thrusts in cloud computing and mobile Internet in 2011:
"We are beginning to add key sales and marketing resources ahead of several planned launches in 2011," Johnson said during Juniper's third quarter conference call in mid-October. "We are positioning for the opportunities we see in 2011."