Why Did Juniper Join OpenStack?

by Sean Michael Kerner

Bob Muglia explains why Juniper is involved with OpenStack.

Juniper Networks is a Gold Member of the OpenStack Foundation. It's a move the company made earlier this year, after first supporting the rival CloudStack platform from Citrix.

So why is Juniper supporting OpenStack?

That's a question that Bob Muglia, the EVP of the Software Solutions Division at Juniper, answers in a video interview. While Juniper is a networking hardware vendor, under Muglia's guidance the company is transforming itself to have a software basis as well.

Muglia puts OpenStack and CloudStack together, even though technically they are somewhat different. In his view, they both compete against two proprietary stacks, VMware's vCloud Director and Microsoft's Virtual Machine Manager.

In terms of market share percentages, Muglia puts VMware in the lead with Microsoft holding a solid second. Prior to joining Juniper in 2012, Muglia had worked at Microsoft for 23 years.

OpenStack Folsom "OpenStack is emerging as an interesting option for companies that want to have more flexibility and to deploy very large private clouds and public clouds too," Muglia said. "We see a great deal of interest in OpenStack from service providers and we also see a lot of interest from large enterprises."

The interest from large enterprises comes from financial service providers that want to deploy private clouds within their own environments.

Juniper's involvement with OpenStack now isn't just about participation in the OpenStack Foundation either. Juniper this week participated in a $10 million financing round for OpenStack startup Cloudscaling.

And Juniper isn't the only networking vendor to join the OpenStack party. Rival vendor Cisco was among the early adopters of OpenStack, joining the effort in 2011 around the time of the Bexar release.

Watch the video with Bob Muglia below:

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at ServerWatch and InternetNews.com, the news service of the IT Business Edge Network, the network for technology professionals. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

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This article was originally published on Friday May 24th 2013
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