IBM Services has formed a $325-million agreement with Juniper Networks in which IBM will assist the network technology giant in managing its existing infrastructure, applications, and IT services to help reduce costs and enhance their journey to the cloud.
According to a recent report from IBM's Institute for Business Value, nearly all companies surveyed said they are using some form of cloud computing today, with 85% using more than one cloud environment.
As part of the 7-year agreement, IBM will use the IBM Services Platform with Watson to manage the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company’s support systems including data centers, help desks, and data and voice networks.
“A key element of our digital transformation is to manage the complexities of our global operation and to get the most out of our current investments,” said Bob Worrall, Chief Information Officer, Juniper Networks. “In working with IBM Services, we will be able to partner with them on innovative solutions for our cloud-first business model.”
In addition, this agreement will allow Juniper Networks to leverage IBM’s cognitive technologies and create an agile IT environment. IBM will introduce the “Factory Development” concept for application management, using automation and cognitive tools. This will drive efficiency, cost savings and assist Juniper Networks toward achieving a cloud-native landscape.