But the joint venture seems to be unraveling given recent moves by EMC and VMware that appear to undermine Cisco's contribution to VCE. For its part, Cisco has embraced other virtualization hypervisors than VMware's - Microsoft, Red Hat and Citrix. And there's speculation that Cisco spin-in Insieme Networks may be developing a storage component to replace EMC's, in addition to the programmable 100G Ethernet switches it's also believed to be building.
With EMC/VMware and Cisco fracturing, picking up Juniper for data center switching and cloud service provider routing could credibly replace Cisco and fill out EMC's one-stop storage/server/switching/virtualization IT and cloud fabric offering.
Sources inside of Juniper say there are rumors floating around the company that the 500 layoffs underway are an effort not only to reduce cost, but to trim the company for a potential sale. Juniper recently disclosed plans to enact measures to cut $150 million in expenses.
Separately, Juniper confirmed that longtime engineer RK Anand has left the company for personal reasons. Anand recently was moved from head of Juniper's Data Center Business Unit into an advisory role to CEO Kevin Johnson, but ultimately left the company.
A source inside Juniper said Anand is looking to fund a biological research company.
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