40% of product development was done in Bangalore

What distinct advantage does JUNOS offers customers which others dont?
When we went about the development of JUNOS, our vision was clear from the
beginning. We didnt want to repeat the mistake of unveiling a new operating
system for every product line introduced as our competitors did back then.

We developed and focused on a single operating system and a consistent
architecture across platforms so that customers dont have to work around
hundreds of operating systems across multiple platforms, thus saving time and
improving productivity. This is reflected in the operational cost savings for
the customer.

Juniper recently opened JUNOS OS. Why did Juniper go open, considering
that JUNOS is basically proprietary OS in nature?
We are not going open source or are not opening the whole of JUNOS to
developers. We opened some part of the OS because of the modularity of its
software, and the developers can have access to some of the modules only.

Juniper Networks has been ramping up the R&D center in Bangalore. Could you
tell us about the contribution of Indian engineers in this space?
Today we have 900 engineers at our R&D centre in Bangalore. However, it is
not the numbers, but the transformation of the role of Indian engineers at
Juniper. The role has shifted from being primarily executioners, to being the
originators of planning. The old model was that the idea originated in Sunnyvale
or Israel and get executed in India. Whereas, in the new model ideas are
increasingly originating from Bangalore and execution is taking place in
Bangalore as well as other places.

Juniper bets really big on managed services. Why is there a need for
telecom service providers to shift their focus on managed services?
Simply because they are being pushed to focus on the other end of the
spectrum. Bandwidth business is now not a business at all, and service providers
need to look at managed services very seriously. And, because of the networks
they command and the customers they have in hand, carriers and service providers
need to tap this exciting space in managed services, which is expected to be
worth $66 bn by 2012.

Idhries Ahmad/Cyber Media News
The author was hosted at Bangkok

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