EMBARGO UNTIL APRIL 7 9 AM EST: Juniper Unveils New IDP AppliancesBy Sharon Linsenbach | Posted 2008-04-01 Email Print
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Juniper's new IDP appliances make it easier for VARs to deploy comprehensive network security to customers.
Juniper Networks April 7 released a new family of intrusion detection and prevention appliances that the networking vendor says will make it easier for VARs to deploy the technology for customers.
Juniper's new IDP 75, 250 and 800 appliances will replace existing Juniper IDP 50, 200 and 600 appliances, though an end-of-life date hasn't been named. Juniper said it expects to start phasing out the older appliances within three to six months, but will continue to support software releases on the legacy appliances for up to three years and hot fixes for an additional two.
The vendor also announced it has added the IDP 8200 appliance to its lineup, targeting midmarket and small enterprise customers.
Rajneesh Chopra, IDP product line manager, Juniper Networks, said the appliances offer VARs comprehensive network-wide security and can identify, control and manage the flow of network traffic. The new IDP series offers up to 10 Gbps throughput, a built-in bypass feature that will continue network traffic even if the appliance fails, and has separated the appliance's control plane from the data plane so that even in the event of an attack, the device can still be managed and monitored.
The new appliances also include on-board reporting capabilities and dual power supplies.
Chopra said over the past few years, channel partners asked that Juniper make the IDP appliances simpler to install, configure and deploy for their end customers. He said that in answer to partners' requests, the new IDP line included one-touch network configuration and security policy implementation.
Once the IDP appliance is introduced to a customer's network, it automatically discovers the network configuration for the customer's network, Chopra said. In addition, once connected to the internet, the appliance automatically pulls the most relevant and current security policy from Juniper's security threat database.
These enhancements speed up the security implementation and configuration process for VARs, said Chopra, and "completely take the guesswork out of configuration and setup." He added that the new IDP appliances are an easy upsell for VARs, since they are designed to fit seamlessly into a customer's existing network.
"If you have an IDP 50, 200, 600 or 1100, you simply deploy this new device on your network and it will pull your current security policy with no discernable change, no service interruptions, nothing," said Chopra.
John Yun, product manager, Juniper, said the appliances will be available starting in April. The IDP 75 starts at $8,000 for 150 Mbps throughput. The IDP 8200 starts at $70,000 for one four-port Ethernet I/O module and 10 Gbps throughput. The IDP 8200 can support up to four I/O modules, said Yun.