Juniper offering no migration path for DX customers

Anyone interested in buying a Juniper DX application-acceleration box had better do it soon, because the very last day to buy one is 15 September, after which all models will be dropped from the product line.

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Anyone interested in buying a Juniper DX application-acceleration box had better do it soon, because the very last day to buy one is 15 September, after which all models will be dropped from the product line.

Depending on the box, the last day to order could be as soon as 30 June, with other models phasing out on 1 July, 7 July and 15 September. Support for the devices is available for five years.

Because Juniper Networks hasn't defined any particular road map for DX users, speculation as to what the company might do with the DX technology is a topic of interest for customers.

Theoretically, the company could integrate DX technology into some of its other gear, such as the company's recently announced EX 4200 stackable switches designed for datacentres.

But that seems unlikely, says Zeus Kerravala, an analyst for the Yankee Group. "That would be a logical thought, but it doesn't look like they're doing that," he says. "This market opportunity is gone for them."

What Juniper says in response to questions about the migration path for its DX customers is this: "We are committed to working with our customers and plan to reallocate investments and resources to continue innovation on our existing and future product lines, including the WAN acceleration, security and routing technologies within our high-performance network-infrastructure offerings." What that probably means, Kerravala says, is that Juniper has decided to take the money it would have spent developing DX technology and spend it somewhere else: the other product lines mentioned in its statement.

Meanwhile, Juniper competitors are clamouring to draw DX customers away from Juniper with offers on their own gear that include discounts for the DXs they replace.

For example, Zeus Technology will swap out DXs for one of its own application-acceleration boxes with no cost for the Zeus box. The DX has to work, the customer pays for shopping and the offer expires at the end of the month. Support and maintenance cost extra.

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