Juniper’s acquisition of 128 Technology is essential to providing enduring and strategic differentiation in the SD-WAN market segment. Juniper gains 128T’s distinct session-smart networking capabilities designed to enable enterprises and CSPs to produce a user experience-centric fabric for WAN connectivity which is efficient, agile, and secure. However, Juniper needs to first demonstrate that its AI-driven SD-WAN proposition is substantially differentiated from established SD-WAN solutions to warrant accelerated consideration. Next Juniper needs to show it can quickly integrate 128T’s session-smart capabilities into its relatively new AI-driven SD-WAN approach. Rivals will fully challenge Juniper’s ability to rapidly execute 128T portfolio integration and make inroads with its latecomer SD-WAN proposition.