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Juniper takes on Cisco, HP in 'simple' networking

Jim Duffy | Sept. 29, 2011
Juniper this week unveiled a portfolio of switching, wireless and security products designed to enable enterprises to easily deploy them and then ensure management and security of all connected mobile devices.

The EX2200-C features 12 10/100/1000BASE-T access ports in a fanless design, and is targeted at office, classroom, hospitality, and other space- and wiring-constrained environments. Two front panel dual-purpose 10/100/1000BASE-T or 100/1000BASE-X uplinks are also supported.

EX2200 and EX2200-C models are available with or without PoE. The switches also support PoE+.

All of the new switches run Juniper's JUNOS operating system. The EX6200 will be shipping in October. Pricing starts at $35,000 for 96-port system, and each 48-port card costs: $5,500, or $8,000 for PoE+.

The EX3300 and 2200-C are available now. The EX2200-C starts at $1,295 and $1,895 for PoE+; the EX3300 starts at $4,500, and up to $8,800 for 48 ports with PoE+.

For wireless LANs, Juniper unveiled the WLC880 Wireless LAN Controller. The WLC880, borne of Juniper's acquisition of Trapeze Networks, is targeted at midsize to large sites with branch offices. It supports up to 256 access points and includes spectrum management software to help ensure over the air reliability on mainstream 802.11n access points, and provides spectrum planning capability.

The WLC880 will be available in October.

Lastly, Juniper rolled out Junos Pulse Mobile Security Suite 3.0, software designed to provide centralized management, secure network access, anti-malware and anti-theft capabilities for a range of mobile devices. Release 3.0 adds the ability for enterprises and service providers with Apple iPhones, iPod touch and iPads to remotely lock and wipe lost or stolen devices, set and enforce security and passcode policies, provision and remove Microsoft Exchange profiles, provision VPN and Wi-Fi settings, inventory device applications and restrict specific apps for iOS devices.

Also, Release 3.0 supports Layer 3 SSL VPN as well as automatic application revocation and malware removal without user interaction, for Google Android-based smartphones and tablets.

Juniper may have a leg up on HP with this software as HP can respond with a mobile client security package like this, Oltsik says. Juniper's software will face stiff competition though from Cisco's AnyConnect and TrustSec software, and Identity Services Engine.

The challenge for Juniper, according to Oltsik, will be in weaving Junos Pulse Mobile Security Suite into the large infrastructure management realm.

"How do they work with the rest of the infrastructure?" Oltsik asks. "Do people want a discrete solutions for mobile devices or an integrated one?"


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