Juniper Debuts First New WLAN Product Following Trapeze Acquisition


Juniper on Wednesday took the wraps off new switching, mobile security and wireless networking products, including its first new wireless offerings since acquiring Trapeze Networks for $152 million last November.

The new products are grouped under a Juniper portfolio called "Simply Connected," designed to address simpler wired networks and the management of mobile devices in the enterprise. Juniper's vision for those things includes switches that can leverage virtualized data center fabrics, and stronger mobile security controls to help customers in the BYOD (bring your own device) era of varied smartphones and tablets.

"This is a pretty profound set of challenges," said Alex Gray, senior vice president and general manager of Juniper's campus and branch business unit. "There's more traffic, more devices per user, and the net result is that the load these new devices place is what frequently constrains these networks."

New to the Juniper product set are three new Ethernet switch lines: the compact EX3300, the wall-mountable EX2200-C, and the modular, chassis-based EX6200. The 2200-C, specifically, is fan-less, and according to Gray meets a need for situations that require lots of wireless access but a small form factor and near-silent operation, such as in hotels.

"We've gotten surprisingly many requests for micro-branches in places like hospitality," he said. "But it is not a low-entrant, small switch. It's full on Junos Space."

The EX3300 includes Juniper's Virtual Chassis fabric technology, which according to Juniper enables several interconnected switches to essentially operate as one device

"Virtual Chassis is sometimes dismissed as another variation of racking, but it's actually a fabric technology," Gray said. "Going beyond the management simplification, it also allows the switches to be in physically different locations, separated by as much as 80 kilometers."

The EX3300 and EX2200-C are available already, and the EX6200 ships in the fourth quarter of 2011.

Also new as of Wednesday is Juniper's WLC880 Wireless LAN Controller, the first new Juniper wireless product since it acquired Trapeze from previous owner Belden nearly a year ago. Juniper will be continuing to re-brand some of the Trapeze wireless LAN products, Gray said, but the WLC880 is a new product, intended for extending WLAN services to branch offices from enterprise sites.

The controller supports up to 256 access points and includes Juniper Networks Spectrum Management, which detects and manages RF interference, Gray explained.

The other new piece of Simply Connected is an update to Juniper's Junos Pulse Mobile Security Suite, which includes secure network access controls, anti-malware and anti-theft capabilities and remote management for mobile devices. Apple mobile products like iPhone and iPad are now covered under the suite, meaning users can remotely lock and wipe lost or stolen devices, set and manage policy, provision VPNs, and perform other security functions.

Juniper has also made available full layer 3 SSL VPN and automatic application revocation and malware removal for "select" Google Android-based mobile devices.

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