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Juniper Networks to Extend EX-series Ethernet Switch Interoperability to Industry Leading Network Management Platforms


Expanded Network Management Platform Support Will Enable Enterprises to Accelerate Business Application Deployments and Realize Operational Gains

Juniper Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: JNPR), the leader in high-performance networking, today announced the company is extending interoperability with leading network management platforms from AlterPoint, CA, EMC, HP, IBM, InfoVista and SolarWinds to include Juniper Networks EX-series Ethernet switches. Through expanded interoperability support, mutual enterprise customers will be able to achieve greater operational efficiency and simplicity while accelerating the deployment of applications and services across the extended enterprise.

“By continuing to collaborate with third parties to deliver comprehensive interoperability between leading network management platforms and Juniper’s high-performance network infrastructure including the new EX-series Ethernet switches, we are providing enterprises with greater choice and control in quickly meeting their high-performance business requirements,” said Hitesh Sheth, executive vice president and general manager of the Ethernet Platforms Business Group at Juniper Networks. “Juniper is committed to advancing the economics of networking by helping enterprises maximize IT investments and simplify operations.”

Achieving interoperability for the EX-series Ethernet switches with AlterPoint, CA, EMC, HP, IBM, InfoVista and SolarWinds will be an extension of current interoperability across Juniper’s high-performance network infrastructure. Support for Juniper’s EX-series Ethernet switches is scheduled to be available on the following platforms in Q3 2008: AlterPoint NetworkAuthority v6.5; CA eHealth Network Performance Manager; EMC Smarts v7.03; HP Network Node Manager 7.5 software and HP Network Automation 7.2 Software; IBM Tivoli Netcool/OMNIbus v7.1; InfoVista VistaInsight® for Networks v3.0; and SolarWinds Orion v9.0.

Juniper Networks introduced the EX-series Ethernet switches in January 2008, setting new benchmarks for high-performance network infrastructure in the enterprise. Running on Juniper’s powerful JUNOS® software, a single-source code base network operating system, the EX-series Ethernet switches deliver the operational simplicity, carrier-class reliability and integrated security that helps high-performance businesses accelerate the deployment of business-enabling applications and services across the extended enterprise. By leveraging JUNOS software, EX-series switches offer carrier-class continuous systems availability, automated network operations and a platform for open innovation that enables customers to quickly align the network with changing business requirements.

“Enterprises, public sector agencies and service providers today require reliable, high performance service delivery from their network infrastructure,” said Tanvir Hussain, vice president, product management, CA, Inc. “CA eHealth’s support for the EX-series switches will enable our joint customers to easily manage the Juniper devices from an integrated fault, configuration, performance and service perspective.”

“Upon completion of certification, which is reasonably expected in Q308, the interoperability of Juniper’s EX switches with EMC Smarts, which is software that delivers the intelligence that IT operations need so network issues don’t escalate into business issues, will provide customers with an infrastructure solution that helps maximize the performance and management of mission-critical IT resources,” said Bob Quillin, senior director product marketing for EMC Resource Management Software Group. “The Smarts model-based technology is the foundation for operational actions such as configuration discovery, event correlation, automated root cause analysis, impact analysis and operational triage automation. EMC Smarts helps network administrators simplify operations and achieve high availability of network services.”

“Customers can reduce costs and minimize the risk of downtime by maximizing network availability and performance. This is accomplished by optimizing resource utilization, maintaining regulatory compliance and meeting critical service-level agreements,” said Joe Fox, product marketing manager, Software, HP. “The HP Network Lifecycle Management solution manages all phases of the network lifecycle and helps customers easily integrate networking hardware, including Juniper’s EX-series switches, into their existing network infrastructure.”

“Enterprises today are moving away from the management of IT elements that make up the network to delivering the best possible services for end users across the network. This can only be achieved by simplifying the operations of the network so that IT can be focused on the strategic projects that help create competitive advantage,” said Scott Sobers, director of service provider solutions, Tivoli Netcool Software, IBM. “Through the robust capabilities of our IBM Tivoli Netcool software, and the openness of Juniper’s high-performance network infrastructure, we are teaming to help our joint customers more effectively achieve their strategic objectives.”


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