Juniper Networks announced the acquisition of Apstra, a data center network automation company. With this acquisition, Juniper’s goal is to change the way networks are built, operated, and secured in the cloud era by using AI-driven automation. In order to achieve this goal, Apstra is combining next-generation network automation based on an open, multivendor architecture with Juniper’s data center networking portfolio based on Junos.
A better application experience
The combined solution helps public and private cloud builders optimize operations for application experience, as they fasten on the path toward the self-driving network. In addition to safeguarding the network, Apstra enables self-service delivery, with its advanced automation accelerating time to market along with lowering data center outages and OpEx.
Rami Rahim, CEO of Juniper Networks, talked about the acquisition, saying,
“The heart of our business is delivering outstanding customer experiences within the data center. Our success depends on rapidly introducing new services, quickly scaling to new demand and delivering the assured experiences our customers count on every day. Juniper Networks and Apstra joining forces as one company helps T-Systems, a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom, deliver powerful software solutions for continuous automation, open programmability and AI-driven operations in the multivendor environments we must have – without compromise.”
Through this acquisition, Juniper switches, differentiated in their EVPN-VXLAN fabric capabilities, will be integrated into Apstra for automatically deploying services and safely implementing changes. The acquisition is expected to be accretive to revenue growth and non-GAAP earnings in 2022.