2024 is off to an amazing start.
Just a short time after we announced last month that we entered into a definitive agreement for HPE to acquire Juniper Networks, I had a chance to meet with many of our global sales teams at Juniper’s Sales Kickoff and was energized by the palpable level of excitement. Like me, the Juniper team is proud of the amazing success we’ve generated with our AI technology to date (which we just took to a whole new level with our AI-Native Networking Platform), and can’t wait for the opportunities that lie ahead.
As I said in my blog when we first announced the acquisition, in order to take full advantage of a once-in-a-generation opportunity like AI, we must continue to make bold moves, which is a big reason why combining with HPE makes incredible sense. Additionally, as users and devices continue to multiply while the industry copes with a skills shortage amid heightened expectations for flawless networks, our experience-first approach to networking has never been more important. But experience to us means more than just game-changing technology. It also means protecting our customers’ investments.
And on that point, let me be clear: our goal in embarking on this acquisition is not to eliminate products, but to offer enhanced choice and more innovation for all of our service provider, cloud provider and enterprise customers.
I know HPE CEO Antonio Neri agrees that the eventual combined company has the opportunity to take AI in networking to the next level, and that the real way to win is through an unwavering commitment to the customer. That’s why I am personally so excited to lead the combined networking business after the deal closes to help deliver industry-shifting benefits to customers.
While we are only just entering into early discussions about integration planning, I assure you that Juniper will continue putting customers and partners first, honoring our contractual commitments and policies regarding support, services, and product lifecycle. I want to also emphasize that Juniper is committed to moving through the transaction and subsequent integration processes with minimal disruption to — and increased value for — our customers and partners.
In getting to know Antonio, I’ve come to understand that HPE is a values-oriented and people-oriented company with a commitment to innovation, just like Juniper. Together, we are committed to delivering solutions that address the toughest problems in our industry to ultimately improve the way people work, play and live. I am confident that bringing together strong offerings from both companies will increase value for all our customers.
The acquisition is currently expected to close in late calendar year 2024 or early calendar year 2025. For now, though, we continue business as usual. You have my commitment that Juniper will continue to serve our customers and partners with the same dedication and focus we always have.
Thank you for your continued support and trust.
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