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Former Microsoft server boss heads to Juniper Networks

Bob Muglia, whose planned departure from Microsoft was announced in January, plans to work for Jupiter Networks as an executive vice president.

Former Microsoft server and tools division president talking to attendees of Microsoft's PDC conference in 2010.
Bob Muglia talking to attendees of Microsoft's PDC conference in 2010. Josh Lowensohn/CNET

Some six and a half months after announcing plans to part ways with Microsoft, former server and tools boss Bob Muglia has found a new home.

Juniper Networks today announced that Muglia will be joining the network equipment maker to serve as executive vice president of its software solutions division. Similar to his role at Microsoft, Muglia will be reporting directly to the CEO. In this case, that's Kevin Johnson, a former president of Microsoft's platforms and services division who joined Juniper in 2008.

"We are excited to have a leader of Bob's caliber coming on board to lead Juniper's software initiatives, and I'm confident that his vision, management savvy and technical expertise will bring tremendous value to our organization," said Johnson in a statement. "As we continue to execute on our growth strategy centered on systems and software, we look forward to Bob playing a central role in extending our leadership position in network-powered software solutions."

Muglia joined Microsoft in 1988. Before heading up the company's server and tools business, he was its senior vice president and had leadership roles in Microsoft's Office, mobile, and developer units. Muglia also sat on Microsoft's Business Leadership and Technical Senior Leadership Teams, both of which play a part in shaping the company's ongoing software and marketplace strategies. During his tenure in the server group, Muglia helped the company launch and hone the direction of its Azure platform, which lets developers write applications that run on Microsoft's hardware.

In February, Muglia was replaced by 19-year company veteran Satya Nadella, who had previously headed up research and development for Microsoft's online services division, along with acting as the lead for the company's business solutions team and a lead engineer in its server group.

All Things Digital's Arik Hesseldahl reported Muglia's job change earlier today, as well as noting that Muglia's last day with Microsoft will be in early September.