Juniper Networks and Ruckus Wireless are joining forces in an effort to help businesses meet future connectivity needs by offering a complete suite of network hardware covering wired and wireless requirements.
The firms said that, as bandwidth demands on networks in businesses, government departments and the education sector rise owing to the greater use of cloud software and mobile apps, there is a pressing need for organisations to overhaul their infrastructure.
Juniper and Ruckus will offer what they say will be "best-in-class" networking kit and wireless access points so that firms replacing systems are able to meet future data requirements.
Kash Shaikh, vice president of marketing at Ruckus, told V3 that the two firms were already cooperating in this effort but have now formalised the partnership to help meet the futute needs of businesses.
“High-quality performance is needed as cloud, applications, videos and so forth come on to enterprise networks, so this is driving the need to future proof networks,” he said.
Shaikh added that, while there are no formal plans for the two firms to develop new hardware together as part of the deal, this was not out of the question.
Jonathan Davidson, executive vice president and general manager for Juniper development and innovation, said that the partnership with Ruckus is ideal as the two firms' technologies can interoperate easily.
“Building on Juniper’s Open Converged Framework, teaming with Ruckus ensures carrier-grade levels of scale and performance through our interoperable wired and wireless solutions to solve the WiFi capacity and coverage challenges that our enterprise customers face," he said.
The partnership can be seen in some respects as a reaction to the move by HP to buy Aruba for $3bn, as the major hardware suppliers look to become one-stop shop providers for all customer networking and infrastructure needs.
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