Juniper's Latest Nods to NAC and WAN Acceleration

Adaptive Threat management rollout challenges Cisco's Self-Defending Network.

 By Sean Michael Kerner
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Speed and security are the watchwords for Juniper Networks' new Adaptive Threat Management rollout -- a product launch aimed at biting into growing demand for technology like network access control (NAC) and WAN acceleration.

Juniper is introducing new NAC, IPS, SSL-VPN and WAN acceleration products as part of the effort. The idea is to be able to set up and control secure network connections and be able to effectively share role and security information across devices.

Juniper's rollout follows rival Cisco's latest Self Defending Network update, which added new botnet and cloud security services.

"We're basically dynamically provisioning connectivity and acceleration to the end user based on role," Sanjay Beri, general manager for Juniper's access solutions unit, told InternetNews.com. "When users connect to network assets, they're guaranteed a degree of performance, connectivity and security and that's the use that we're going after with this new functionality."

As part of the new technology rollout, Juniper is introducing its first desktop WAN acceleration client, called the WX Client. The new client works with Juniper's existing hardware-based WXC WAN acceleration gear to provide remote workers with application acceleration capabilities.

Juniper is a bit late to the desktop WAN acceleration game with solutions from Blue Coat, Citrix already in market.

Read the rest at InternetNews.com.

This article was originally published on Jul 13, 2009
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