Juniper announces its Distributed Enterprise Solutions

Earlier this month, Sunnyvale, Calif.-based high-performance networking vendor, Juniper Networks Inc., (Nasdaq: JNPR) announced its next-generation of network infrastructure solutions, better known as its Distributed Enterprise Solutions, which are designed for branch-office style businesses.

As many of today’s organizations are setting up branch-offices around the world and more workers are now taking on a more mobile work approach, businesses require solutions that will not only help them protect their networks against content borne threats, but they must also work to lower the businesses’ total operational costs too, said Scott Calzia, product marketing manager for Ethernets platform switches group at Juniper.

Making up its Distributed Enterprise Solutions offerings are new additions to its SRX Series Services Gateways and new EX Series of Ethernet Switches. Both the gateways and the switches have been designed for smaller, branch-office and lower-density type locations, Calzia added. The solutions are meant to deliver a high-performance and headquarter-like experience to locations of all sizes.

The new product additions represent a channel partner opportunity on the expansion-side, Calzia said.

“SRX and the EX will broaden the Juniper partner offering,” Calzia said. “A lot of our partners today are very security-focused, so this will enable them to broaden their portfolio into the infrastructure-side. For the partners who are familiar with our infrastructure platforms, they can sell these new products as security to further broaden their portfolio and to explore new customer directions.”

Adding to its SRX Series Services Gateways, Juniper has announced four new products that are capable of supporting unified threat management and intrusion prevention capabilities. They include the SRX100, SRX210, SRX240 and SRX650 gateways. Calzia said the gateways are also integrated into the JUNOS platform, the company’s operating system that runs across multiple platforms in its solution portfolio.

The SRX100 is a fixed platform gateway that comes with several Ethernet ports and some fixed capabilities to allow it to connect to a wide area network (WAN). The gateway also has firewall and unified threat management capabilities, among other things. It’s best geared towards 10 to 20 users, he added.

The SRX210 can also support a variety of WANs for different customer locations, Calzia explained. Like the SRX100, it also offers firewall and unified threat management capabilities.

The SRX240 features 16 on-board Gbps Ethernet ports and four expansion slots and the SRX650 has eight expansion slots for use with WAN/LANs (local area networks).

The SRX210 and SRX240 gateways are ideally suited for anywhere between 20 and 200 users, while the SRX650 is designed for over 1,000 users. All of the gateways come with integrated security, routing and switching.

The EX line of switches are designed to be plug-and-play devices that offer branch offices high-performance and lower-power. The new models include the EX2200-24T-4G and EX2200-48T-4G and the EX2200-24P-4G and EX2200-48P-4G products. The switches can support converged network devices like telephones, video cameras and WLAN access points.

The SRX210, SRX240 and SRX640 Services Gateways from Juniper are now available. The SRX100 is scheduled for release in August and the EX2200 line of switches is scheduled for release during the first quarter of next year. The starting list price of the SRX series will be set at U.S. $699 and up, while the EX2200 line has a starting list price of $2,400.

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