Sunday, October 15, 2006

Juniper Releases Load Balancers, WAN Accelerators, Enterprise Core Router

Juniper Networks introduced a set of new enterprise data center products, including WAN application acceleration platforms, load balancers and a new M120 enterprise core router.

The new WXC 590 WAN acceleration platform, which is based on technology acquired from Peribit, is designed for data center consolidation, web-enablement of applications, data replication and backup, implementation of high availability architectures and regulatory compliance. The technology uses compression, sequence caching, latency reduction, bandwidth management, path optimization, and visibility tools to improve congested enterprise WAN links. The new WXC90 unit can be deployed in a stack configuration that can be licensed up to 155 Mbps and support up to 840 sites. It can be deployed on OC-3 links in a 3-client stack configuration supporting up to 420 remote sites, and as a single platform for 45 Mbps links supporting 140 sites.

New WAN acceleration software features include "advanced disk warming", which enables existing Network Sequence Caching to be directionally independent. Thus, as long as the WXC platform recognizes a pattern on either direction of a link, the WXC platform will achieve maximum compression via Sequence Caching when the pattern is seen on the return path.

The DX 3280 and DX 3680 data center acceleration platforms combine SSL capabilities with load balancing features for Web-enabled and IP-based business applications. Key capabilities include server load balancing (SLB), global server load balancing (GSLB), SSL encryption and termination, HTTP compression and application security. The DX platform has scaling options in both functionality and performance for any business environment.

The new M120 Enterprise Core Router, which uses the same ASICs, JUNOS operating system and WAN interfaces as the existing M-series routers, is a compact platform supporting Juniper's new Ethernet Services Cards. The MSRP starts at $73,000 and commercial availability is set for this month.

  • In April 2005, Juniper Networks agreed to acquire Peribit Networks, a developer of WAN optimization technology, for approximately $337 million in cash, stock and assumed stock options.

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