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Ex-Sun Storage Guru Jumps to Juniper

Sun's microelectronics chief David Yen has jumped ship to Juniper Networks, underlining the increasing synergy between the worlds of WAN optimization and storage.

Sun confirmed Yen's resignation in a document filed with the SEC yesterday, and Juniper announced his appointment as executive vice president of its new emerging technologies division earlier today.

Prior to taking over Sun's microelectronics division almost a year ago, Yen was the vendor's storage chief, and he also headed Sun's Scalable Systems Group during his 20-year tenure at the company.

"There's a lot of synergy," says Juniper spokesman Mike Hakkert. "All of Yen's background and expertise will certainly lend itself to the direction that Juniper is moving in."

The last few months have seen booming demand for WAN optimization technology, with vendors under increasing pressure to build more functionality and features into their wares.

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