Juniper Networks and IBM Expand Relationship with OEM Agreement to Expand the Economics of Networking

Juniper Networks announced that they are entering into an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) agreement that will enable IBM to provide Juniper's Ethernet networking products and support within IBM's data center portfolio of products, to provide customers with a best-in-class networking solution and accelerate both companies' shared vision of advancing the economics of networking and the data center by reducing costs, improving services and managing risk.

The OEM agreement allows IBM System & Technology Group (STG) to brand, label and sell select Juniper EX Series Ethernet switches and MX Series Ethernet Services routers. With the EX and MX Series, customers can achieve greater operational simplicity, agility and efficiency for accelerating the deployment of new applications and services. Juniper's EX and MX Series products are designed to advance IT initiatives for data center consolidation, server virtualization and sustainable IT. The combined product offering can significantly reduce network complexity and total cost of ownership by up to 61 percent in capital expenditures, up to 46 percent in power, up to 46 percent in cooling and up to 33 percent in rack space in the data center.

Today's data centers require higher performance and less complex networks as an essential element of their evolution. While there are extreme cost pressures on IT budgets, the demand on data centers only increases with exploding data volumes, demand for new services, speed and security, and always-on reliability. In addition, cloud computing will further drive the need for massive scale, efficiency and elasticity from networks and data center architectures. The broadened IBM and Juniper relationship is further evidence of the growing importance of the high-performance network in the progression of data centers toward cloud computing or cloud-like infrastructures. Both companies agree that a high-performance network is vital to the backbone for both the data center (enabling service production) and the global network (enabling service delivery).

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