Juniper launches Ethernet switches with built-in NAC

The EX series supports 1G and 10G ports, runs on Juniper's common operating system


Juniper Networks today announced a family of enterprise smart-switches it says are smaller and cost a third of competitors' switches.

Juniper Networks today announced its entree into enterprise LAN switching with a family of  Ethernet smart switches it says are smaller and cost a third of competitors' devices. (Read our analysis of Juniper taking aim at Cisco in enterprise switching.)

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The EX switches support a range of features including high availability and network access control (NAC). The NAC support, which Juniper calls Unified Access Control (UAC), enables the switches to enforce access policies rather than rely on firewalls, VPN gateways or switches made by other vendors.

All these switches are built around the same modular JUNOS operating system that Juniper uses to run the rest of its gear. The company says use of its JUNOS means customers deal with the same set of features, configuration and management tools that other Juniper devices use, which can translate into less training costs for network administrators

The Juniper announcement comes on the heels of Cisco's big Nexus data center switch announcement Monday. 

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