Juniper Networks announced today that they have completed the acquisition of BTI Systems. In a blog post by Jonathan Davidson, executive vice president and general manager of Juniper Development and Innovation (JDI) he wrote that "Juniper believes it can now offer a comprehensive, robust solution under a unified management architecture to address the fast growing data center interconnect and metro packet optical transport markets."
Juniper announced their intention to acquire BTI Systems in January and it is hoped that this acquisition will help drive the industry toward a more open, automated and highly efficient IP and optical transport network.
"As the portfolios of both companies become tightly integrated, we believe our customers can expect a more compelling economic model for Data Center Interconnection and Metro Networks through tightly integrated, single-layer packet-optical networking; broader network automation, with the ultimate business outcome of reduced operational expense, through integrated software defined networking and management systems; rapid service creation enabled by the network integration and automation ensuring that the network dynamically adjusts to the needs of the business vs the business adjusting to the needs of the network; an open framework giving customers the ability to choose where and how they take advantage of these capabilities."
Jonathan highlighted that BTI Systems’ richer set of optical capabilities, optical network management and automation software is noted to complement Juniper’s IP and Ethernet product portfolio.
"Customers need a better way to manage the increasing bandwidth demands for high-speed interconnectivity between data centers, access networks and peering points. Separate and closed legacy systems are costly to scale, hard to manage and maintain, and offer limited performance and latency.Operations cost of maintaining multi-layer expertise is enormous and lacks end-to-end visibility and automation across packet and optical transport networks."
Juniper plans to further integrate optical capabilities in their switching and routing portfolio, to build evolved open optical line systems to continue to drive cost-efficient networks as well as evolve operation and control with open, standard and programmatic interfaces across all the layers of network.