At the Mobile World Congress show, Juniper unveiled a mobile networking platform that addresses such issues as security, video content and traffic management. The platform, building off of the company's previously announced "Project Falcon," leverages Juniper's latest MX 3D edge routers and SRX services gateways, as well as its Junos networking operating system.
Juniper Networks is making its push into the mobile networking space with a
host of new offerings being rolled out at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
The new products, announced Feb. 14, build on Juniper's
"Project Falcon," which company officials first
in October as a way of addressing mobile device traffic across
The new software, which addresses such areas as the delivery of
video on mobile devices, security and traffic management, are designed to give
mobile service providers more tools to handle the growing and changing user
demands. Juniper's platform will rely on its MX 3D Series universal edge routers
and SRX Series services gateways, all based
on the company's Junos network operating system.
The news comes less than a week after Juniper announced the
formation of a new business group, the Junos Ready Software unit, which will
oversee several initiatives, including Project Falcon.
Juniper is looking to give mobile service providers a more
tightly integrated platform offering, according to Kim Perdikou, executive vice
president in the Office of the CEO for
"Mobility is not a box, it's a way of life," Perdikou said in a
statement. "Mobile operators need their networking vendors to stop building new
one-off boxes, Band-Aids and bolt-ons to handle mobile data traffic. They need
networking vendors with real innovation that can offer immediate TCO
relief, unmatched scale for the future, built-in security and open platforms to
monetize new services."
Juniper is pushing its new mobile platform at a time when
rivals such as Cisco Systems and Hewlett-Packard continue to build on their
networking offerings. Cisco last month completed its $2.9 billion acquisition
of Starent Networks, and on Feb. 9 unveiled the first fruits of that deal.
Cisco rolled out the ASR
5000 Series mobile platform
, which essentially is a rebranding of Starent's
For its part, HP on Feb. 12 got the go-ahead
from European regulators
to buy networking equipment maker 3Com for $3.7
billion. HP officials expect to close the deal in the second quarter 2010.
According to company officials, part of the MWC announcements
include Junos Ready Software, which is a growing portfolio of Juniper and
third-party developed applications that are optimized to run on the Junos OS,
addressing such areas as mobile video delivery, advertising, service monitoring
In addition, Juniper announced Junos Pulse for Smartphones, a
client software offering that officials say will bring greater security to
mobile services across smartphones, notebooks and netbooks to a large range of
corporate applications. Based on SSL VPN
technology, Junos Pulse will be available in the second quarter of 2010.
The company is pushing more security in the form of Juniper
Mobile Secure, software that integrates security across mobile devices,
applications and networks. The offering is based on Juniper's SRX
Series services gateways and the Junos Pulse software.
Juniper Traffic Direct, the first offering based on Project
Falcon, combines intelligent subscriber and application policies with the
scaling offering in MX 3D Series to offload bulk traffic directly to the Web,
according to Juniper officials. The goal of the product, which also is due in
the second quarter, is to improve the mobile experience for users and enable
service providers to reduce network congestion and lower their total cost of
Juniper Media Flow is aimed at improving the ability of mobile
and fixed networks to more quickly and efficiently deliver video and rich media
content. Due in the second quarter, the offering will include a Juniper VXA
Series content delivery engine and software from Ankeena Networks, enabling
service providers to deliver video and content delivery up to 10G bps per
Juniper Mobile Core Evolution is designed to provide an open and secure
mobile packet core to help providers run 3G and 4G services on the same
network. Customers will be able to evaluate the product in the fourth quarter.