Juniper Networks, the second- largest maker of networking gear, introduced the first in a new family of data-centre products, stepping up competition with larger rival Cisco Systems. The initial component will connect servers to a network and will cost US$34,000, the Sunnyvale, California-based company said. It’s part of a project that Juniper has poured more than US$100 million into in the past three years.
Juniper, which traditionally has drawn most of its business from selling gear to phone and Internet-service providers, is going after Cisco in the market for corporate data centres. The new QFabric products require less networking equipment, run more quickly and provide more value than rival products, the company said.