BTI Systems acquired by Juniper Networks

California-based Juniper Networks has acquired Ottawa cloud networking firm BTI Systems, executives from the two companies announced this week.

Juniper, which manufactures data centre networking hardware, already has an office in the capital. Both companies are also members of Kanata’s Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

In a blog post, Juniper executive vice-president Jonathan Davidson said the firms are a good fit.

“The combination of BTI Systems’ accomplished team, innovative and open solutions with Juniper’s longstanding switching and IP routing expertise positions the company well to take advantage of the fast growing DCI and Metro markets,” he wrote.

Website IT ProPortal reported that Juniper plans to build cloud network infrastructure solutions and expects BTI’s technology to play a “key role” in that process.

“We plan to build upon BTI Systems’ roadmap to deliver customers best-of-breed, open and automated packet optical solutions,” BTI president and CEO Colin Doherty said in a statement on the company’s website.

“Together with Juniper, we believe we will bring to the market outstanding synergies in technology, portfolio, expertise, skills, channel partners and a customer-focused culture.”

BTI employs about 150 people at its Kanata headquarters. A Juniper spokesperson said the company will continue to operate BTI as a separate subsidiary for the foreseeable future and currently has no plans to move jobs or close the Ottawa operations.

Mr. Davidson said the company would provide more details after the transaction closes, which is expected to happen in the second quarter of 2016.

This isn’t Juniper’s first foray into the software-defined networking space. In 2012, the company acquired SDN startup Contrail for $176 million.