Juniper unveils new switches, a wireless LAN controller and Junos security software to help businesses address the BYOD trend.
Juniper Networks is rolling out a host
of new switches and security software to address the growing trend of employees
accessing the corporate network with a growing array of mobile devices,
particularly smartphones and tablets.
Juniper's new offerings-including three
new Ethernet switches, a new wireless LAN controller and new mobile security
software for Apple iOS- and Google Android-based devices-are being offered
under the vendor's "Simply Connected" networking umbrella.
The products are designed to make it
easier for enterprise IT administrators to deal with the influx of mobile
devices being brought into work by employees looking to access the applications
and data on the corporate network. The days of IT administrators giving
employees business-issued mobile devices to access the network is over,
according to Dhritiman Dasgupta, director of product marketing for Juniper's
data center and LAN team.
"Today, you can't do that anymore,"
Dasgupta said in an interview with eWEEK
In a trend dubbed BYOD-or bring your
own device-employees are now coming to work with their personal smartphones and
tablets looking to get access to the network, causing a lot of management and
security headaches for IT staffs. The trend is putting tremendous pressure on
enterprise IT staffs to find a way to enable wider access while keeping the
network secure and manageable. That pressure is only increasing as C-level
executives also want to use their iPads and smartphones, Dasgupta said.
Other network vendors, including Cisco Systems and Hewlett-Packard
are working to provide enterprises with the tools needed to address the BYOD trend.
For example, Cisco offers its Identity Service Engine for both wired and
wireless networks to enable businesses to track "visitors" to their corporate
networks. HP enables both wired and wireless access through its Mobile Access
Included in the Simply Connected
portfolio, which was introduced Sept. 28, are three new Ethernet switches. Two
of the switches-the EX3300 and the EX2200-C-are available immediately. The
EX3300 is a compact and scalable offering for converged networking environments.
It offers 24 and 48 10/100/1000-T access ports, and supports the 802.2 Power
Over Ethernet+ (PoE+) standard. The switches also leverage Juniper's Virtual
Chassis offering, enabling enterprises to manage up to six of the switches as
though they were a single switch.
The EX2200-C Ethernet switch, which is
aimed at smaller environments-micro branches, conference rooms and
classrooms-is a compact switch.
The third switch, the EX6200 switch, which
has 10 slots for Switch Fabric Route Engine modules and I/O line cards, will
ship in the fourth quarter.
In addition, Juniper is offering the
WLC880 Wireless LAN controller, aimed at mainstream wireless deployments in midsize
and large sites. It supports up to 256 access points and brings new software
capabilities, including Juniper's Networks Spectrum Management. It supports
802.11n access points.
Juniper also is rolling out the Junos
Pulse Mobile Security Suite, which offers an integrated and centrally managed
solution that addresses security around network access, anti-malware,
anti-theft and remote management for a wide range of mobile devices. The
software enables enterprises to manage Apple iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches,
including remote locking and wiping lost or stolen devices; setting and enforcing
security and pass-code policies; provisioning VPN and WiFi settings; and
inventorying device applications. It also enables them to provision and remove
Microsoft Exchange profiles and restrict specific apps for iOS devices.
There also is full Layer 3 Secure
Sockets Layer (SSL) VPN, automatic app revocation and malware removal for
certain smartphones and tablets running Google's Android mobile OS.
"Each of these products work well,"
Dasgupta said. "When they're put together, they can do fabulous things."
He said Juniper is leveraging a number
of advantages it has over its larger rivals-in particular, Cisco and
HP-including the common Junos operating system and partnerships with the likes
of Dell and IBM.