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Juniper to Buy Wandl for Network Management, Design

The $60 million deal will better enable service providers to optimize the performance, design and cost of their networks, Juniper officials say.

Juniper Networks is bulking up its network management, design and optimization capabilities with the $60 million acquisition of Wandl.

Company officials announced the deal Dec. 16, saying it would help its service provider customers optimize the performance and cost of their networks. The deal is expected to close in January.

"As our service provider customers continue to focus on finding ways to address the proliferation of mobile, video, cloud computing and other data-intensive services, they will benefit from WANDL's capabilities to design and manage networks more easily and cost efficiently, at any scale," Daniel Hua, senior vice president and general manager of Juniper's Routing Business Unit, said in a statement.

Wandl brings with it three key products. IP/MPLSView is the company's traffic management and engineering offering for IP and MPLS networks. It's a multi-vendor, multi-protocol and multi-layer solution, according to officials with the 17-year-old private company. NPAT (network planning and analysis tools) covers every stage of network planning, design and analysis for everything from voice to optical transport networks.

MIND is Wandl's network design solution, according to the company.

Officials with Juniper, who last month hired former Barclay's executive Shaygan Kheradpir as CEO, said Wandl employees will work with Juniper's OpenLab innovation center increasing more network-integrated solutions. Wandl will continue to be headquartered in Piscataway, N.J., according to Juniper.

According to Wandl officials, the company's technology has been used by about 200 service providers, carriers, government organizations and enterprises in more than 25 countries.