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Juniper Networks Achieves Leader Status in META Group's Evaluation of the SSL VPN Market

META Group Attributes Juniper Networks' Leadership to Dominant Market Share, Vision, and Strength in Innovation and Delivery of New SSL VPN Functionality

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Sept. 16, 2004 - Juniper Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq: JNPR) today announced that it has been ranked as the market leader in META Group's METAspectrum℠ report for the Secure Sockets Layer Virtual Private Network (SSL VPN) market. META Group is a leading provider of information technology (IT) research, advisory services, and strategic consulting.

The new METAspectrum evaluation provides an objective assessment of companies providing SSL VPN products - often referred to as application security gateways - used primarily to provide secure remote access to applications for an organization's own employees. However, SSL VPN deployments encompassing extranet access are increasingly common.

Juniper Networks was positioned in the leader segment of the METAspectrum analysis and was specifically recognized for its largest market presence and highest evaluated performance, as illustrated in the METAspectrum evaluation, as well as its dominant market share, and strength in rapidly innovating and driving increasing degrees of functionality.

"Since delivering the industry's first SSL VPN appliances in 2001, we have continued to innovate ahead of the competitive field and offer differentiated products to ensure enterprises are equipped to deliver ubiquitous secure access," said Krishna "Kittu" Kolluri, general manager and vice president, security products group at Juniper Networks. "Juniper Networks' technology leadership is accurately reflected in our dominant SSL VPN market leadership, as we deliver significant advantages for remote employee, partner and customer access to network resources. We are pleased by our leader rating in the SSL VPN METAspectrum, earned by our highest scores based on META Group's METAspectrum evaluation criteria."

"We developed METAspectrum to enable IT professionals to quickly evaluate vendors based on their ability to deliver on the presence and performance criteria that matter most in a given market," said Mark Bouchard, senior program director, META Group. "Juniper Networks finds itself in an overall leadership position by virtue of its acquisition of NetScreen, which had earlier acquired SSL VPN visionary Neoteris. Juniper presents a highly refined vision of extending secured access to an ever-widening user population. It played an instrumental role in the formation of this market segment, and their early participation is reflected in the relative maturity of their solutions."

About METAspectrum

META Group's METAspectrum℠ methodology provides a framework for evaluating or selecting an appropriate IT vendor or product, simplifies the decision process, and enables more effective technology investments. META Group's research efforts, which adhere to the company's commitment to objectivity, are conducted independently, based on industry best-practice methodologies and subject to the highest levels of review by META Group's research community. To learn more about METAspectrum, visit metagroup.com/metaspectrum or call 800-945-META.

About Juniper Networks, Inc.

Juniper Networks transforms the business of networking by creating competitive advantage for our customers with superior networking and security solutions. Juniper Networks is dedicated to customers who derive strategic value from their networks, including global network operators, enterprises, government agencies and research and educational institutions. Juniper Networks' portfolio of networking and security solutions supports the complex scale, security and performance requirements of the world's most demanding mission critical networks. Additional information can be found at www.juniper.net.

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METAspectrum℠ market evaluations and results are the sole property of META Group, Inc. Permission to use the results requires prior written approval from META Group and should not be deemed an endorsement of any company or product. Copyright © 2004 META Group, Inc. All rights reserved.