Sunday, July 13, 2008

Juniper Unveils its Next Gen WAN Application Acceleration Platforms

Juniper Networks unveiled its next generation WXC application acceleration platforms -- the WXC 1800, WXC 2600 and WXC 3400 appliances -- featuring higher disk capacities and performance in a smaller form factor.

The platforms are designed for helping businesses increase the efficiency of their existing WAN resources and improve application response times by providing a more LAN-like experience for branch office users accessing centralized applications.

Target applications include those leveraging TCP, UDP, MAPI, CIFS and HTTP/S. The Juniper WAN acceleration platforms deliver rich functionality such as QoS, content distribution and policy-based multipath along with an integrated configuration, monitoring and troubleshooting application. In addition, the WXC platforms seamlessly integrate application acceleration with Juniper's routing, switching and security technologies. The new platforms use software that fully automates provisioning and management tasks, which provide the network and application visibility to help deliver applications exactly as intended.

Juniper said its WXC platforms improve application performance over the WAN by recognizing and eliminating redundant transmissions, accelerating TCP and application-specific protocols, prioritizing and allocating access to bandwidth and ensuring high application availability at sites with multiple WAN links. On-board hard drives provide support for Network Sequence Caching, which enable the devices to store repeated data patterns, and can produce up to a 100-fold increase in effective WAN capacity. The new appliances can accelerate WAN traffic up to 2 Mbps for the WXC 1800--typically deployed at small to medium branch offices; up to 8 Mbps for the WXC 2600--typically deployed at medium to large branch offices and small data centers; and up to 45 Mbps for the WXC 3400 - typically deployed at higher speed remote locations, head office or data centers.


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