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Juniper secures Cisco Cius OS

Buys Android, mobile OS security software developer for $70 million

Juniper can now secure Cisco's new Cius tablet thanks to an acquisition it made this week. Cisco's rival announced plans to acquire SMobile, a developer of security software for tablets and smartphones, for $70 million.

Among the mobile operating systems SMobile secures from viruses, spyware, identity theft and other threats is Android, the foundation of the Cisco Cius. SMobile also supports Apple's iOS - not the other IOS - on iPhones and iPads, Symbian, BlackBerry and Windows Mobile operating systems.

Juniper expects to close the acquisition within days and will then add the SMobile software to its Junos Pulse software platform for smartphones, tablets, netbooks and notebooks. Junos Pulse is intended to bring integrated connectivity, security and application acceleration to those devices.

In other Cisco-relevant news, the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) this week launched a consortium for companies preparing 40/100G Ethernet products compliant with the IEEE 802.3ba standard. Cisco - and Juniper -- claim to have 802.3ba-compliant products ready to ship. Alcatel-Lucent and Extreme Networks also have 100G Ethernet and 40G Ethernet products, respectively.

The UNH-IOL consortium is currently accepting founding member companies to provide early input into the testing process for market-ready products. One member has already committed and the lab is in discussions with three more, though UNH-IOL declined to identify the parties.

The fee for participation in the 40 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet Consortium is $24,000.

The IEEE 802.3ba Ethernet standard was ratified this past June.

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