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Juniper Enhances SD-WAN Offering with LAN Functionality

Juniper Networks, a leading vendor in the software-defined wide-area networking (SD-WAN) space, has enhanced its offering, with LAN support and new equipment leading the way.

The company says its new solution addresses the current state of disparate software-defined networking (SDN) products and services that often focus on specific use cases instead of providing a holistic enterprise solution.

Thus it has boosted its array of performance options for connecting campus, branch and public cloud WAN networks, primarily by unifying its SD-Branch offering.

"Today, the Juniper cloud offering has been expanded to also include SD-LAN operations," the company announced in a Dec. 3 statement. "From one portal, customers can now easily provision Juniper EX Series switches to manage LAN fabrics and configure LAN virtualization and security policies in the same way they operate their SD-WAN environments. This automated functionality simplifies operations to reduce costs, increase workflows and leverage the WAN and LAN network for connected security."

The other main enhancement is the addition of new customer premises equipment:

  • NFX350: The NFX350 includes the latest in x86 horsepower, as well as increased storage and memory capabilities for secure SD-WAN and other branch-local applications. All NFX350 devices will come with eight 10G and eight 1G interfaces and, depending on the configuration, up to 2TB of storage, 128GB of RAM and 32 vCPUs. The fully loaded NFX350 will support up to 40Gbps of NG-firewalling and up to 8Gbps of IPSec.
  • SRX380: The new SRX380 is the highest performing branch SRX. It comes with several leading performance features, including 1Gbps IPsec performance, four 10G ports, 16 PoE+ ports for greater wattage and density, AES256 MACsec encryption and four mini-card slots for expanded connectivity.

Also, "For the more compact branch locations, Juniper is introducing a Wi-Fi card for our line of branch SRX (SRX 3xx and SRX550) next-generation firewalls and secure SD-WAN edge devices," Juniper said in a blog post. The news release went further: "This enables organizations to deploy Wi-Fi with zero-touch configuration alongside LTE, ethernet and other traditional network transport options for maximum ease and flexibility."

Juniper introduces its SD-LAN in a YouTube video.

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