Juniper Expands EX Switch Portfolio

EX2300 and EX3400 provide new options for enterprise switching.

By Sean Michael Kerner | Posted May 26, 2016
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Juniper Networks is debuting a pair of new switches today in an effort to bring more options to enterprises to make network operations easier to deploy and operate.

The EX2300 is a new 24 port switch that can scale up to 128 Gbps of bandwidth. The EX3400 is available in both 24 and 48 port models, both with and without Power over Ethernet (PoE) ports. The PoE capabilities are available in both a static mode, where a switch administrator specifies the maximum power setting for an individual port, and a class mode, where devices are able to specifiy PoE needs.

"Class mode allows end devices to specify PoE class and negotiate whether the switch can provide PoE power to the device," Juniper's specification sheet on the EX3400 notes.

Both switches also benefit from automated updating features for the switch firmware. Juniper's technical specification explains that users can configure the automatic software download feature on EX3400 switches acting as DHCP clients and establish a path to the server where the software resides.

"The server then communicates the path to the software package file through DHCP server messages," Juniper explained. "A zero touch provisioning (ZTP) feature allows a DHCP server to push configuration details and software images to multiple switches at boot-up time."

The new EX2300 and EX3400 do not replace any existing switch in the Juniper product portfolio.

"The EX2300 and EX3400 are brand new additions to the EX series portfolio that provide even more options for enterprises," Jennifer Blatnik, vice president of cloud, enterprise and security portfolio marketing, told Enterprise Networking Planet. "Both the EX2300 and EX3400 can be provisioned as Junos Enterprise satellite devices to simplify network operations."

Juniper announced its Unite Network architecture in September 2015, along with the Junos Fusion Enterprise offering. The big innovation that Junos Fusion Enterprise enables is support for the 802.1BR Bridge Port Extension, which can help to enable more rapid network automation.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

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