Juniper makes enterprise switch foray, takes aim at Cisco

Juniper leveraging heritage in carrier-class routing, consistent operating system to target enterprise Ethernet

Juniper Networks Tuesday unveiled its Juniper EX line of modular, chassis and fixed-configuration stackable devices.

NEW YORK -- The worst kept secret in switching is a secret no more.

Juniper Networks Tuesday dove headlong into the enterprise market by unveiling a line of Ethernet switches it claims will change the current modus operandi of corporate networking. The switches, developed under the code name 'Hurricane,' are the Juniper EX line of modular, chassis and fixed-configuration stackable devices.

At the high end, EX can support 128 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports. As many as 10 of the fixed-configuration stackables can be interconnected into a virtual chassis of 480 Gigabit Ethernet ports (See more product details here.). The switches support features including high availability and network access control, which enables the switches to enforce access policies rather than rely on firewalls, VPN gateways or other vendors' switches made. (Learn more about Switch products from our Switch Buyer's Guide.)

Juniper also announced partnerships with IBM, Microsoft and Oracle in an effort to kick-start its assault on the enterprise switching market. These vendors have pledged varying degrees of software and application integration and interoperability with the new Juniper platforms.

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