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Juniper maps out 2009 plans

Juniper maps out 2009 plans

Juniper's EX 8208 chassis-based data center switch due to ship in Q1

Juniper doesn't necessarily agree.

"We don't think there's a gap there," Bauhaus says. "Customers see us as a complete solutions provider. Where they want to extend, wireless is an overlay network and there are multiple choices there."

Nonetheless, Juniper continues to evaluate the WLAN market to determine whether more strategic insertion is necessary. To date, the company sees no need to own WLAN technology, Bauhaus says.

Video and collaboration are two other hot, trendy areas where Juniper doesn't feel the need to roll out application-specific products. Cisco, meanwhile, is banking heavily on systems such as its TelePresence virtual conferencing, WebEx Web conferencing, and Unified Communications System software and servers for leadership in video and collaboration.

"Customers want choice in those applications," Bauhaus says. "They want a network infrastructure to enable all or any of those, not be locked in.

"The kinds of IT spending that are going off the list immediately are the optional ones: the nice to have big ticket application items that frankly would be good, but we can live without those for six or 12 months," he says.

"People want optimized performance for multiple services in an agnostic application environment," Bauhaus says. "We need to be able to optimize multiple traffic flows but not to lock people in. That's a mistake and the last thing an IT organization is looking for in this kind of an economic environment."


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