Juniper Networks has announced a new collaboration with NIKE (yes, that NIKE) that will have the two co-create a new next-generation data center cloud and retail network infrastructure with high scalability with the Juniper SDN solution.
NIKE chose Juniper Networks to deploy a high-IQ network and also plans to use the Juniper SDN MetaFabric architecture to adapt to NIKE’s changing business needs and make future goals more accessible. MetaFabric will also stand as the foundation for virtualizing several NIKE data centers across the globe.
Juniper Networks promises to give NIKE access to a carrier-class, ultra-scalable, secure network framework, as well as advanced orchestration through automation, management, and data analytics across all of NIKE’s domains. As per the agreement, the two will also look for future developments to help advance NIKE’s network down the road.
With a transition toward cloud architecture, NIKE said it expects to see increased application performance throughout the company.
“NIKE is focused on elevating and accelerating innovation in our products, services, and our digital ecosystem,” said Anthony Watson, chief information officer at NIKE. “This requires progressive and agile technology solutions that keep pace with our growth, which is what Juniper’s solutions offer.”
The deal marks a major win for Juniper Networks, which despite moving into the software-defined networking space, including acquiring Contrail for it’s SDN Controller, has noted some companies’ reticence to embrace the strategy.