Juniper loses CIO to VMware

Iyer tapped to replace Scott, USA's new CIO

Juniper Networks this week lost its CIO to business partner VMware. Bask Iyer, senior vice president and chief information officer at Juniper, is taking the same role at VMware effective March 23.

Iyer replaces Tony Scott, who was recently appointed United States CIO.

Iyer will lead VMware's global information and technology organization in support of the company's worldwide business operations. He will report to Jonathan Chadwick, VMware's chief financial officer, chief operating officer, and executive vice president.

Before joining Juniper Networks, Iyer served as CIO at Honeywell, and CIO at pharmaceutical firm GlaxoSmithKline Beecham for consumer healthcare research and development.

Also this week, Juniper and another business partner, IBM, announced plans to collaborate on network analytics offerings for enterprises and service providers to improve operations and address Internet of Things application demands.

The companies say they have designed a system in which Juniper’s MX router service control gateway integrates with IBM Now Factory analytics. This integration is designed to enable network optimization and service customization based on who is using the network, the applications being run, the device and its location.

Also included in the collaboration are Juniper’s Contrail SDN controller and Cloud Analytic Engine (CAE), and IBM’s InfoSphere BigInsights for Hadoop, InfoSphere Streams, Cognos, PureData for Analytics, Watson Analytics and SPSS capabilities. The combined products will provide visibility of subscribers and VPN behaviors for service providers; self-configuring networks to optimize operations based on subscriber experience; and application performance improvement through prediction and remediation of anomalies, such as switch and router latency, before they occur.

IBM’s analytics capabilities will be marketed by Juniper as an integral component of its routers, switches firewalls and SDN network virtualization products.

Speaking of virtualization, Juniper is taking some heat on this site for the licensing T’s & C’s of SA Series SSL VPN Virtual Appliance, a software-based virtual VPN for VMware environments. This product was part of the Junos Pulse business Juniper recently divested, but is still selling under a Transition Services Agreement with new owner Pulse Secure LLC.

Customers are apparently put off by licensing terms that require purchase of a physical hardware appliance along with the software-based virtual appliance.

Juniper, which sells Pulse products but is no longer involved in development or licensing, referred inquiries to Pulse Secure LLC. The company issued this statement from a company spokesperson:

Many of our customers are still largely using on premise solutions and are in process of migrating to the cloud. By linking a VM to a physical appliance – we are allowing them to bridge during this transition. For those customers who are 100% operating in a virtual environment we will be building solutions to support them in the near future.

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