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Juniper invests in cloud and big data

Ponies up for Cloudscaling's Series B round; resells Guavus router analytics applications

Not long after announcing an integration arrangement with the OpenStack cloud company, Juniper has invested in Cloudscaling's $10 million Series B round. Cloudscaling's Open Cloud System (OCS) product is an OpenStack-based cloud infrastructure for data centers that's designed to improve application provisioning and performance.

Juniper joins Seagate as a new investor in Cloudscaling. Exisiting investor Trinity Ventures also participated in the round.

Cloudscaling is one of a handful of companies integrating and co-marketing Juniper's JunosV Contrail SDN controller along with its own products. Contrail is expected to ship at mid-year.

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The third generation of Cloudscaling's OCS product - OCS 2.5 - support OpenStack Grizzly, which debuted in March. Grizzly adds support for EMC VMware ESX and Microsoft Hyper-V hypervisors, increased scalability, and new block storage options to OpenStack.

Also this week, Juniper rolled out the Junos Network Analytics suite, a line of big data analytics and network intelligence applications designed to enable service providers to extract meaningful traffic, usage and service data from their routing infrastructures. Network Analytics includes two applications from Guavus, a developer of analytics applications for IP/MPLS networks.

Those applications are BizReflex and NetReflex. BizReflex is a network analytics engine and dashboard for gathering and presenting data from edge and core routers that allows operators to segment enterprise customers according to their respective value and price services accordingly. It also allows service providers to identify high-value prospects as potential new customers.

NetReflex provides network architects and operations personnel with detailed traffic trends and analysis. This insight into traffic patterns is designed to assist service providers in improving network efficiency and reducing cost, Juniper says.

Junos Network Analytics extracts network flow data and routing tables from Juniper and third-party routers. Subscription-based pricing for the applications will be available in June.

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