Juniper Ramping Up to Take on Cisco

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Perdikou noted that Juniper makes JUNOS extensible by way of the Juniper Networks' Partner Solution Development Platform (PSDP) which allows third parties to develop and deploy software on JUNOS. Among the vendors that are part of the PSDP are IBM, NEC, and NTT.

Juniper's prime competitor, Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO), also has a degree of openness for its users. Earlier this year Cisco launched the AXP module which lets Cisco customers run Linux applications on top of a Cisco ISR (integrated services router).

Juniper VP Opher Kahane noted that Juniper is also making progress in the market with its core routing unit especially with its flagship T1600 terabit router which debuted at NXTcomm in 2007. The T1600 competes against Cisco's CRS-1 platform.

Customers know the services they want to build," Perdikou said. "It's about building them faster and getting to market faster."

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