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Juniper Networks simplifies the distributed enterprise

Teng Fang Yih | May 5, 2009
The network technology vendor rolls out the SRX Series of gateways for the branch, and new entry-level EX switch.

SINGAPORE, MAY 5, 2009 Specialised high-performance network solutions provider Juniper Networks, long known for its leadership in the telecommunication and service provider space, has extended itself further into the mainstream enterprise market with the launch today of what it refers to as the next generation of distributed enterprise network solutions.

The next generation comprises the newly minted SRX Services Gateway Series ranging from the SRX100 (list price, US$699) through the SRX210 (US$1,099), SRX240 (US$2,999) and SRX650 (US$16,000) all of which offer high configurability, performance and availability, as well as extensive and easy integration, according to Juniper executives, who also touted their competitive prices.

In addition, Juniper rolled out the latest in its line of EX switches for the standard enterprise market, the EX2200 Ethernet Switch, which effectively brings carrier-class capabilities to smaller setups such as standard office networks, schools or retail outlets at the expense of lower power consumption and reduced ambient noise.

To illustrate the dollar value that these new solutions could bring to the enterprise when installed alongside other Juniper products, the company's representatives drew up a hypothetical comparison with what they referred to as a setup by a legacy network equipment provider.

In the head-to-head comparison of two networks one put together with Juniper's family of solutions and the other with competitive products set up for 2,500 users at the main branch, three regional offices with 500 users each, and 400 remote offices with eight users each: the Juniper network offered up to 62.9 per cent savings on CAPEX, up to 61.4 per cent savings in ongoing maintenance/support costs, and (in great part due to Juniper's network operating system JUNOS) up to 25 per cent less time spent on network administration.

Altogether, Juniper executives would have us believe its Distributed Enterprise Solutions serve as the foundation of a new era of high-performance networks in the enterprise market. Today's announcement has been the biggest by the company since it marked its entry to the enterprise market with the launch of its EX family of Ethernet switches in February last year.


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