Juniper Challenges HP, Cisco With 'Simply Connected' Portfolio

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Juniper unveils new switches, a wireless LAN controller and Junos security software to help businesses address the BYOD trend.

Juniper Networks is rolling out a host of new switches and security software to address the growing trend of employees accessing the corporate network with a growing array of mobile devices, particularly smartphones and tablets.

Juniper's new offerings--including three new Ethernet switches, a new wireless LAN controller and new mobile security software for Apple iOS- and Google Android-based devices--are being offered under the vendor's "Simply Connected" networking umbrella.

The products are designed to make it easier for enterprise IT administrators to deal with the influx of mobile devices being brought into work by employees looking to access the applications and data on the corporate network. The days of IT administrators giving employees business-issued mobile devices to access the network is over, according to Dhritiman Dasgupta, director of product marketing for Juniper's data center and LAN team.

"Today, you can t do that anymore," Dasgupta said in an interview with eWEEK.

In a trend dubbed BYOD--or bring your own device--employees are now coming to work with their personal smartphones and tablets looking to get access to the network, causing a lot of management and security headaches for IT staffs. The trend is putting tremendous pressure on enterprise IT staffs to find a way to enable wider access while keeping the network secure and manageable. That pressure is only increasing as C-level executives also want to use their iPads and smartphones, Dasgupta said.

Other network vendors, including Cisco Systems and Hewlett-Packard, also are working to provide enterprises with the tools needed to address the BYOD trend. For example, Cisco offers its Identity Service Engine for both wired and wireless networks to enable businesses to track visitors to their corporate networks. HP enables both wired and wireless access through its Mobile Access Solution products.

Included in the Simply Connected portfolio, which was introduced Sept. 28, are three new Ethernet switches. Two of the switches the EX3300 and the EX2200-C are available immediately. The EX3300 is a compact and scalable offering for converged networking environments. It offers 24 and 48 10/100/1000-T access ports, and supports the 802.2 Power Over Ethernet+ (PoE+) standard. The switches also leverage Juniper's Virtual Chassis offering, enabling enterprises to manage up to six of the switches as though they were a single switch.

The EX2200-C Ethernet switch, which is aimed at smaller environments--micro branches, conference rooms and classrooms--is a compact switch.

The third switch, the EX6200 switch, which has 10 slots for Switch Fabric Route Engine modules and I/O line cards, will ship in the fourth quarter.