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IBM secures $325 million deal to help Juniper Networks develop cloud-native landscape

January 21, 2019 / James Bourne

IBM has gotten Juniper Networks on board in a $325 million (£252m) deal which will see the former assist the latter in enhancing their cloud journey. The seven-year agreement – which has overtones of Microsoft’s recent deal inked with Walgreens in terms of price and length – will see IBM use its autonomously managing IT platform IBM Services Platform with Watson to help manage Juniper’s infrastructure, from help desks and support systems to data centres. By utilising IBM Services, Juniper will also aim to create an agile IT environment. Again, with automation – IBM describes its Services Platform with Watson as a product which ‘partners humans with cognitive technology’ – the goal is for efficiency, cost saving and helping Juniper create a cloud-native landscape. IBM calls this the ‘factory development’ concept. The move can be seen as yet another step of a major enterprise – Juniper ranks just outside the Fortune ...