"We are in the switching fabric business in the data center today. We were not back then," Johnson said. "And so there's clearly, in our opinion, a technology synergy related to the ADC and the [QFabric] systems. The fact that we built Layer 2, Layer 3, load balancing into our underlying systems and then complement that now with Layer 7 ADC in systems like MXs, SRX and QFabric allows us to bring this technology in the form of a line card that now is tightly integrated into the systems."
Separately, Juniper officials addressed this week's big deal news - VMware's $1.26 billion acquisition of network virtualization start-up Nicira - and how it may impact its own plans in software-defined networking (SDN). Juniper has been hinting of its SDN plans and directions at analyst meetings and trade shows.
"The work we're doing in our switching and fabric business as it relates to data centers is very applicable and very relevant to Nicira and very applicable and relevant to what VMware is doing," Johnson said.
Muglia said Juniper is now providing software programmable products through integration with the Junos SDK, and is in the process of building "production-capable" OpenFlow-based SDN technology across a variety of Juniper products for 2013.
"We'll work very closely across the industry, including with partners like VMware, to ensure that Juniper Networks, the platforms and the software that we provide is the best complement to the software that they deliver," he said.
Jim Duffy has been covering technology for over 25 years, 21 at Network World. He also writes The Cisco Connection blog and can be reached on Twitter @Jim_Duffy.
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