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10 Biggest Networking Stories Of 2008

It was a whirlwind year for the networking industry. From high-profile acquisitions and executive departures, to smaller vendors vying for a piece of the Cisco pie and three touch-screen smart phones facing off for touch-screen domination, 2008 had a lot to offer. Here are the 10 biggest networking stories of the year.

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The industry's worst-kept secret of 2007 became the first big story of 2008. In January, Juniper Networks solidified its high-performance networking vision and officially painted its end-to-end networking picture with the announcement of its first-ever line of enterprise Ethernet switches, the EX Series.

Met with both open arms and a critical eye, Juniper's entrance into the switching game shook the networking industry by creating a real alternative to market leader and networking behemoth Cisco Systems. The EX 3200, the EX 4200 and the EX 8200 hit a sweet spot for Juniper and filled a gaping void in its portfolio.

As of the second quarter of 2008, the EX line had been deployed by 100 different customers and brought in $10 million.

 
 
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