IBM AND JUNIPER NETWORKS FORM STRATEGIC TECHNOLOGY RELATIONSHIP

A funny thing happened on the way to the forum…

Ahh yes, Nathan Lane and Frankie Howerd, they represent the differences between the UK and US, in many ways so different, but in many ways, so the same. I’ve been bemoaning the fact that I can’t blog about what I’ve been doing mostly for the last 5-years as it’s all design and development work, all considered by IBM to be confidential, and since none of it is open source, it’s hard to point to projects and give hints.

And so it is with the project I’m currently working on. Only this time, not only is it IBM Confidential, but it is being worked with a partner and based on a lot of their intellectual property, so even less chance to discuss in public. I’ve been doing some customer validation sessions over the last 3-months and got concrete feedback on key data center directions around data center fabric, 10gb ethernet, converged enhanced ethernet (CEE) and more. There are certainly big gains to be made in reducing capital expenditure and operational expenditure in this space,  but thats really only the start. The real benefit comes from having an enabled fabric that rather than forcing centralization around a server, which is much of what we’ve been doing for the last 20-years, or forcing centralization around an ever more complex switch, which is where Cisco have been headed, the fabric is in and of itself the hub and the switches just provide any to any connectivity, low latency and enable both existing and new applications, both virtualized and enabled, to exploit the fabric.

So following one of my customer validation sessions in the UK, I was searching around on the Internet for a link. And I came across this one. It discusses a strategic partnership between IBM and Juniper for custom ASICS for a new class of Intenet backbone devices, only it is from 1997, who’da guessed. A funny thing happened on the way to the forum…

3 Responses to “IBM AND JUNIPER NETWORKS FORM STRATEGIC TECHNOLOGY RELATIONSHIP”


  1. 1 Aneel October 28, 2008 at 9:16 am

    That’s just fantastic.

  2. 2 DC_EXPERT October 28, 2008 at 2:24 pm

    This is a month old news and here is the official Juniper link from their website:
    http://www.juniper.net/company/presscenter/pr/2008/pr_2008_07_09-18_23.html

  3. 3 cathcam October 28, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    Nice try… two entirely different things, one is about IBM taking over Junipers internal business applications, the other is about IBM providing leading edge technology for Juniper switches and routers. One is a month old, the other is 10-years old. So yes, its old news, but thats not the point.


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I'm Mark Cathcart, formaly a Senior Distinguished Engineer, in Dells Software Group; before that Director of Systems Engineering in the Enterprise Solutions Group at Dell. Prior to that, I was IBM Distinguished Engineer and member of the IBM Academy of Technology. I'm an information technology optimist.

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