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Juniper Chief Touts SOA

NEW YORK -- For the CEO and chairman of one of networking's biggest vendors, Juniper's Scott Kriens did a lot of wondering aloud today.

"What's the next big thing in IT? What's going to send the market back upward again?" Kriens asked today during his opening keynote. "I think it's SOA [Services Oriented Architecture]. I think applications are more important than infrastructure."

The networking and security spaces in the future will be driven by the need for businesses to link applications to increase speed and flexibility of business objectives, Kriens said. Businesses need to speed their response times and be able to change priorities quickly, he added. And that means changing the way applications operate. And that means changing the way network infrastructure and security work.

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Tim Wilson, Site Editor, Dark Reading