Juniper Networks has acquired software-defined networking startup Contrail Systems for $176 million to gain technology that supplements its offerings in the software-defined-networking sector, Data Storage Today reports.
Jennifer LeClaire writes etworking experts who previously worked at Juniper, Cisco, Google and Aruba Networks helped form Contrail Systems inin early 2012 to help clients address virtualization issues surrounding cloud computing environments.
Bob Muglia, executive vice president of Juniper’s software solutions division, told the website Juniper became a strategic investor in Contrail earlier this year.
Citing market analysts, LeClair writes the purchase could help Juniper leverage its Junos network operating system with SDN and match VMware’s similar move toward SDN with its July acquisition of Nicira for $1.2 billion.
Zeus Kerravala, principal analyst at ZK Research, told Data Storage Today the market is a couple of years away from having mainstream SDN options.