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Reliance Globalcom and Juniper Networks Scale Metro Area Network


Companies Extend MPLS and VPLS Services to the Edge and Enable Higher-Capacity Services, Improved Scalability, Security and Reliability

SAN FRANCISCO - July 2008 -- Reliance Globalom and Juniper Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: JNPR), the leader in high-performance networking, today announced that Reliance Globalcom is upgrading its metro network in the U.S. with Juniper’s high-performance MX-series Ethernet Services Routers and M120 Multiservice Edge Routers to support 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) and beyond in major metropolitan areas. The upgrade extends Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) and Virtual Private LAN Service (VPLS) to the network edge, improving network performance and ensuring scalability to address forthcoming demands for additional capacity.

Juniper Networks’ high-performance network infrastructure has been a key part of the Reliance Globalcom core network in all international PoP’s. Reliance Globalcom is now integrating the new Juniper equipment into its Juniper-based global Ethernet VPLS platform. With this deployment, Reliance Globalcom will gain a service-enabling network infrastructure that is capable of scaling to support VoIP, high-definition video conferencing, backup and recovery, electronic trading and other multi-media business applications. The new network also ensures carrier-class service reliability, which is essential to enterprise and financial services customers.

“Reliance Globalcom prides itself on continually optimizing its networks to offer customers the most in performance and scalability. Juniper’s platform enables us to scale our metro area Ethernet network as the need dictates,” said Shankar Narayanaswamy, regional vice president, Access Network, Data Division, Reliance Globalcom. “Juniper’s focus on carrier-class reliability underscores its commitment to resilient, high-performance equipment. Juniper’s products are essential to keeping us at the cutting edge.”

“Reliance Globalcom was one of the first carriers to offer a global VPLS service and strong service level guarantees, which helped put them at the forefront of the managed Ethernet services market,” said Michael Howard, principal analyst at Infonetics Research. “By extending the Juniper platform into its metro network, Reliance will be able to support growing critical enterprise applications.” According to Infonetics, Ethernet service revenues grew 33% last year and will continue to grow to $30 billion by 2011.

“Reliance Globalcom has long been a leader in the service provider community with its innovative Ethernet VPLS solution and is now further enhancing its network with Juniper’s service-enabling network infrastructure,” said Manoj Leelanivas, senior vice president and general manager, Edge and Aggregation Business Unit, Juniper Networks. “Reliance Globalcom’s vision of becoming a top five global communications provider aligns with Juniper’s strategy to deliver solutions that enable customers to extract more value out of their network, and we are very pleased to be working closely with them.”

Reliance Globalcom is deploying the Juniper Networks MX-series Ethernet Services Routers with its Managed Metro Ethernet service to seamlessly link multiple enterprise LANs within a single metro over Ethernet-based metropolitan fiber networks. The MX-series delivers up to 960 Gbps of switching and routing capacity to Reliance Globalcom’s network. Customers will benefit from the optimum combination of scale, density, and support for advanced applications such as video over point-to-point, point-to-multipoint, and multipoint-to-multipoint configurations. In addition, Reliance Globalcom customers will be able to increase the energy efficiency of their networks, and reduce power, space and cooling costs by leveraging the MX-series’ support of high-density Ethernet interfaces in a range of efficient, compact form-factors.

The upgrade to the Juniper Networks MX-series offers Reliance Globalcom customers a reliable and cost-effective service configuration that will allow for migration to 40 Gigabit to further enhance carrier-grade performance. Because both the MX-series and the M120 leverage the proven JUNOS® software, Reliance Globalcom will benefit from the operational efficiency and management simplicity of using a single operating system in multiple portions of its network.
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