It's a truly networked world for Juniper and Cisco

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It's a truly networked world for Juniper and Cisco

An interesting point, and a wry smile, has been raised over the purchase of mobile security solutions developer SMobile by Juniper Networks yesterday over at Network World's Cisco Subnet blog.

SMobile provides OS security for mobile systems including Apple iOS, Symbian, Blackberry, Windows Mobile, and of course Android  ... which just happens to be the foundation of Cisco's new business tablet, the Cius.

It just goes to show that in an interlocked, networked industry like our own you can so easily find youself competing against your enemies on one front, while aiding them on another.

The interpersonal relationships alone could keep an Eastenders scriptwriter in plots for years. And I think that's great; it's fun to tease vendors, as any reseller knows.

Of course, I hope - no, I'm sure Juniper's engineers will be able to resist the temptation to render the Cius so full of holes you could strain the greens with it.

And I wonder what OS will run on the anticipated Avaya tablet that I'm not meant to talk about? 

This was first published in July 2010

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