Cisco Cloud Security Vet Jumps to Juniper Networks
Chris Hoff, most recently director of Cloud and Virtualization Solutions in Cisco Systems’ Security Technology Business Unit (STBU), has announced on his personal blog that he’s jumping ship to competitor Juniper Networks. The blog in question is refreshingly candid: While Hoff never exactly strays from propriety or professionalism when discussing his departure from Cisco, his reasoning only reinforces the notion that Cisco faces its share of challenges.
Here’s Hoff’s reasoning on why Juniper was an offer he couldn’t refuse, in his own words:
OK: Lots of awesome people, innovative technology AND execution, a manageable size, some very interesting new challenges and the ever-present need to change the way the world thinks about, talks about and operationalizes “security.”
Reading between the lines, here’s what it sounds like he’s really saying to me: Juniper is nimble at a time when Cisco is in transition and trying to re-focus on its core businesses. That’s a familiar theme, as noted by The VAR Guy himself.
Juniper Networks has been promoting one single solitary message to its partners in 2011: The time to move to the cloud is now. Hoff isn’t even the first Cisco executive that Juniper has poached in 2011: Former Cisco channel executive Luanne Tierney switched to Juniper earlier this year.
Cisco is one of the oldest and most venerated names in the IT sphere. But Juniper has been showing signs of growth at the same time that Cisco has been showing signs of struggle.