Juniper aims to acquire BTI Systems in Q2


Juniper Networks' has signed a definitive agreement to acquire BTI Systems, a provider of hardware and software-defined networking tools that focuses on content and cloud service providers.

Juniper announced the agreement yesterday on its blog. Terms were not disclosed, but Jonathan Davidson, executive vice president and general manager of Juniper Development and Innovation, wrote that BTI's technology would be used to "accelerate the delivery of open and automated packet optical transport solutions that integrate with our NorthStar Controller and include network management features that enable end-to-end provisioning of new services."

There are the typical disclosures about customary closing conditions and such, but should all go well, Juniper expects to complete the acquisition during the second quarter.

The impact on enterprises may be minimal, as BTI's core focus is on metro area networking. Still, it's an interesting acquisition that will expand Juniper's SDN portfolio, which already includes products like NorthStar and Contrail.

As VentureBeat noted, the acquisition will put Juniper in a better position to compete against Cisco and Arista Networks in the service provider SDN market.

For more:
- read the Juniper blog

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