Juniper decided to expand its Melbourne office because of opportunities offered by the National Broadband Network (NBN) and the acquisition of new clients in the financial sector, says the networking vendor's Australian and New Zealand managing director.
“We see the opportunity and we’re considerably smaller than Cisco,” Mark Illes says. “We are a challenger brand and are coming at it from an innovation point of view.”
Illes says the NBN is part of a “unique set of circumstances which we believe lend themselves to the local market”, adding that Juniper is placing a high value on locally run data centres.
“We work with a number of services that have local data centres and that’s certainly part of our strategy moving forward,” he says.
“The market here seems to be quite healthy and every week we find someone new building a data centre.”
Illes says Juniper had recently acquired “major leading financial institutions” as clients and that this is another reason for the company’s move into Melbourne.
“We have a number of different opportunities in Melbourne and we are preparing for the NBN,” he says.
“We can’t share the customer names but we can probably reveal those in a couple of weeks.”
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