The rising tides of big data, video, and cloud computing are driving tremendous demand for faster and more efficient networks. We delve into how things like software-defined networks (SDN) and new wireless technologies are enabling business transformation. Sometimes, rebranding is a good thing. Juniper Networks' OpenContrail was an excellent open-source software-defined network (SDN) program. But, it was perceived as being too much under Juniper's thumb to draw many outside developers.
The rising tides of big data, video, and cloud computing are driving tremendous demand for faster and more efficient networks. We delve into how things like software-defined networks (SDN) and new wireless technologies are enabling business transformation. The Linux Foundation is far more than just Linux. Now, networking power Juniper Networks has announced that OpenContrail, its open-source network virtualization cloud platform, will join the others as part of The Linux Foundation. Juniper bought Contrail, an SDN company, in 2012.
Juniper Networks reported mixed fourth quarter financial results on Tuesday, and warned investors that delays among large cloud customers would hurt its first quarter results. Juniper said its revenue for the first quarter will be about $980 million, plus or minus $30 million, with non-GAAP first quarter earnings about 20 cents a share in the first quarter, give or take 3 cents a share. Wall Street was expecting first quarter non-GAAP earnings of 37 cents a share on revenue of $1.11 billion. As for the rest of the numbers, the networking company reported a net income of $192 million, or 56 cents per share. Non-GAAP earnings were 59 cents per share on revenue of $1.2 billion, down 5 percent year over year.
Juniper Networks' new Contrail Edge Cloud packs functionality into a small footprint to bring cloud capabilities and virtualization to the edge network. "Edge" according to Juniper includes base stations, hub sites, and switching sites. Service providers want to bring cost-effective compute to edge locations. But these locations have space limitations and power constraints. Juniper's answer is its new Contrail Edge Cloud with capabilities packed into a software-defined data plane.
Juniper Networks announced Thursday it plans to acquire AppFormix, providers of cloud operations management and optimization technology. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Founded in 2013 by former Microsoft and Cisco executive Sumeet Singh, AppFormix's software platform leverages streaming analytics and machine learning in a distributed architecture for use in cloud environments. The platform works with any OpenStack or Kubernetes distribution and includes services for real-time and historic monitoring, visibility, and dynamic performance optimization. Juniper said it plans to pair AppFormix's telemetry and operations management technology with its Contrail product line to improve cloud orchestration, security, accounting, and planning.