Juniper Networks is establishing a $50 million venture capital program to back startups working on products that would help Juniper encourage adoption of its Junos networking OS platform. The program will focus on companies with products that touch on such areas as secure and green networking, mobility, videos, virtualization, and network automation.
Juniper Networks is establishing a $50 million venture capital initiative to
further the company's efforts to create an ecosystem around its Junos
networking software platform.
The Junos Innovation Fund, announced Feb. 23, will target early
and growth-stage venture-backed companies, the vendor said in a statement
announcing the two-year project. The money will be invested in such areas as
networking technologies, applications and services that dovetail with Juniper's
The funded companies will be working in such areas as security
infrastructure, advanced mobility and video offerings, virtualization, network
automation, optical technology, and green networking.
Juniper officials see Junos as a key differentiator in the
company's competition with the likes of Cisco Systems and Hewlett-Packard,
which is in the process of buying
for $2.7 billion as a way of bulking up its ProCurve networking
Junos includes the Junos network OS, Junos Space network
application platform and Junos Pulse integrated client network, all of which
are built on the same core design principles.
Juniper, which is conducting its annual Analyst Day Feb. 23,
has also introduced the Junos Ready Software business unit, a growing portfolio
of Juniper and third-party applications optimized to run on Junos and addressing
such areas as mobile video delivery, advertising, service monitoring and
In addition, Juniper in late 2009 announced plans to license
out its Junos OS in hopes of further expanding its reach in the industry.
At the Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona,
Spain, held Feb. 15 to 18,
Juniper made a concentrated push
into the mobile networking space,
with a host of new software offerings in areas
such as video on mobile devices, security and traffic management.
Brian White, an analyst at Ticonderoga Securities, said in a
research note Feb. 23 that the $50 million venture fund and another
announcement Feb. 23 about a $1 billion stock repurchase program show that
Juniper is taking advantage of a cash-rich balance sheet.
"We continue to view Juniper as an attractive growth story
with new revenue drivers at a cheap price," White said in his note.