Why Juniper Networks (JNPR) Is Buying Apstra

By Amit Chowdhry ● December 10, 2020
  • Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR) — a leader in secure AI-driven networks — announced that the company has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Apstra. These are the details about the deal.

Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR) — a leader in secure AI-driven networks — announced that the company has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Apstra. Apstra is a leader in intent-based networking and automated closed-loop assurance.

Juniper has a goal of changing the way that networks are built, operated, and secured in the cloud by using AI-driven automation.

And Apstra accelerates this by combining next generation network automation based on an open and multivendor architecture with Juniper’s Data Center networking portfolio based on Junos (the proven open, programmable, and high-scale operating system for next generation data centers and cloud networks). And the combined solution helps public and private cloud builders optimize operations for application experience as they accelerate on the path toward the self-driving network.

The Apstra solution does more than automate repeated operations steps. Through Apstra, architects describe how the data center should behave based on outcomes and the system implements and continuously assures that the network operations and experience match the intent.

And these capabilities make Apstra stand apart in providing proactive insights along with automated root cause identification and remediation. While safeguarding the network, Apstra also enables self-service delivery with its advanced automation accelerating time to market along with lowering data center outages and OpEx.

Apstra’s multivendor integrations extend the closed loop automation and analytics to customers independently of their underlying infrastructure, including those running SONiC (Software for Open Networking in the Cloud). And the acquisition expands Juniper’s commitment to open programmability, adding to its portfolio of solutions that includes powerful switching platforms with native SONiC integration and a deployment-hardened, cloud-native routing stack for the SONiC ecosystem.

Juniper is not expecting the acquisition of Apstra to materially impact revenue in 2021. And while the acquisition is expected to be approximately breakeven to non-GAAP earnings for the full-year 2021, it will likely be dilutive during the first half of the year. The acquisition is expected to be accretive to revenue growth and non-GAAP earnings in 2022.

KEY QUOTES:

“Juniper’s Data Center portfolio is consistently recognized by both analysts and customers as industry leading, with top marks for performance, scale, security and simplified operations through automation. Adding Apstra’s intent-based networking and automated closed loop assurance advances our vision to transform data center operations. With the combination of Juniper and Apstra, customers get the best infrastructure and fabric management with integrated design, deployment and automated root cause identification and remediation to satisfy any Data Center environment. This is networking for the modern cloud era.”

— Rami Rahim, CEO, Juniper Networks

“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.”

— Adel Al-Saleh, CEO, T-Systems

“We founded Apstra to automate the data center as a holistic system from its initial design to all aspects of its operation and maintenance. Our automation allows valuable network engineers to focus on strategic issues and avoid spending time on network configuration and troubleshooting, particularly with the attendant risk of human error. Joining Apstra with Juniper’s strong reputation in networking and its commitment to open networking removes the long-standing tradeoff between manageability and vendor lock-in and advances the industry toward the true self-driving network.”

— David Cheriton, CEO and Co-Founder, Apstra

“Juniper continues to show strong commitment to the enterprise IT segment through both internal innovation and acquiring technology leaders to deliver powerful solutions and new business outcomes to their customers. As the industry transitions to new IT infrastructure focused on automated operations and optimized user experiences, Juniper has positioned themselves as a leading business and technology partner in the market.”

— Zeus Kerravala, Founder and Principal Analyst, ZK Research