Nike has signed a deal that will see Juniper Networks virtualise its data centres around the world.
Juniper will build a new network infrastructure for the sports retailer using aspects of its open standards-based MetaFabric architecture, which aims to boost application performance and app deployment across multiple sites.
Nike also hopes to benefit from MetaFabric's automation and data analytics tools, before the architecture is used to begin virtualising the company's data centres to create private clouds.
Nike CIO Anthony Watson said: "Nike is focused on elevating and accelerating innovation in our products, services and our digital ecosystem. This requires progressive and agile technology solutions that keep pace with our growth, which is what Juniper's solutions offer."
Shaygan Kheradpir, chief executive officer of Juniper, added: "Enterprises are re-engineering their business models in light of changing customer behaviour and emerging technologies. Managing this transformation requires an intelligent and comprehensive, High-IQ network infrastructure that seamlessly adapts to business demands.
"It also requires building private clouds that deliver applications with high performance and agility. Juniper's technologies enable customers to realise the benefits of carrier-class, ultra-scalable cloud data center solutions that are virtualized, secure and flexible enough to accommodate the performance demands of their clients anywhere, anytime."
The deal comes after a similar one between Juniper and UBS in May.