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New Juniper Networks DX Platform Delivers New Acceleration and Management Features

SUNNYVALE,Calif., Feb. 13, 2006 - Juniper Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq: JNPR) today announced a new version of operating system software for the DX, Juniper Networks' data center application acceleration platform, which enables customers to enhance the performance of applications centralized in data centers. The new DX operating system software, DXOS™ version 5.1, enables all DX platforms - the DX 3200, DX 3250, DX 3600 and DX 3650 - to integrate functionally with Juniper Networks SSL VPN appliances and routers, deliver global server load balancing, simplify management; with a new easy-to-use web interface, and offer more flexible software licensing options; with a new entry price for enterprise customers.

The Juniper Networks DX platform enables enterprise customers to simplify data center operations and accelerate performance of web-enabled applications to increase productivity for remote and mobile users and provide higher levels of server scalability and availability, while reducing costs.

With the latest DXOS software, the DX application acceleration platforms enable functional integration with Juniper Networks' Secure Access (SA) SSL VPN appliances, delivering a best-in-class performance solution for the extended enterprise. Additionally, the DX platform can set Quality of Service (QoS) priority levels for business-critical applications, enabling IT managers to meet business needs by setting standards-based service levels that can be enforced by Juniper Networks M- and J-series routers and WAN application acceleration (WX) platforms deployed in the enterprise or service provider network.

Worldwide Application Support

Global enterprises typically rely on multiple data centers in different geographies. The new global server load balancing (GSLB) functionality in the DXOS software allows IT managers to ensure that clients are connected to the data center best equipped to fulfill their request, in a timely fashion, regardless of location. The DX platform uses advanced DNS-based algorithms for GSLB functionality to determine which data center can respond to a client's request most quickly, based a combination of round-trip times and data center capacity.

"Customers look to application acceleration solutions as a way to maximize their data center investments and contain their infrastructure and operational costs," said Joe Skorupa, research director at Gartner. "As these deployments become more mainstream, customers require solutions that remove the complexity from solving their application performance problems."

Simplified Operations

The new enhancements in the DXOS software improve the user experience and offer simple, customizable options. These include a new, user-friendly web interface making it easier to configure the DX platform, monitor performance and generate reports. Through the new web interface, users can gain a complete performance overview of web-enabled applications. Using the DX dashboard, IT managers can assess the health of their data center at a glance and drill down to quickly identify, isolate and resolve performance problems.

A new AppRules™ adaptive content processing wizard interface helps IT managers easily enable predefined application plug-in rules or write custom "if-then" rules, based on any combination of factors for both incoming user requests and outgoing server responses. The high-performance AppRules feature allows users to modify application behavior and transform content on the fly to compensate for inherent inefficiencies, enhance application security or other problems, without altering the application code itself.

New Licensing Options

To give users a new level of flexibility and price/performance, the DX platform now offers four different license levels, allowing users to deploy the version that best suits their current needs and upgrade functionality as needed to keep pace with escalating demands, without changing the hardware.

The four license levels are:

  • Server load balancing (SLB) and secure sockets layer (SSL) termination (base functionality)
  • HTTP/S acceleration and compression, plus transport connection protocol (TCP) multiplexing (includes base functionality)
  • Advanced HTTP/S acceleration and AppRules adaptive content processing and 3G caching (includes base functionality, HTTP acceleration and compression, and TCP multiplexing)
  • Global server load balancing (GSLB) functionality (applicable across all levels), which can be enabled for any of the three license levels above.

"We realize that, for the vast majority of businesses, the move to web-enabled applications is an evolutionary process," says Michael Banic, director of product marketing at Juniper. "With the latest release of the DXOS software, we allow users to deploy a DX platform with the base functionality and incrementally add acceleration functionality through a simple license upgrade, without having to invest in new hardware or disrupt the data center infrastructure. With this release, Juniper Networks makes it easier for enterprises to operationalize application acceleration in the data center and benefit from our broad portfolio."

Pricing and Availability

List price for the DX platform starts at $15,000. The DXOS v5.1 software release for the DX application acceleration platform is scheduled to ship in March 2006.

About the DX Platform

The DX platform accelerates the delivery of web-enabled applications to local, remote and mobile users by consolidating a number of data center functions into a single device, eliminating the need for multiple point products and offloading web servers of CPU-intensive administrative tasks. By offering server load balancing for applications, the DX platforms scale application performance and deliver high availability. By offloading functions through Web-object compression, caching/proxy, SSL encryption, and connection setup and teardown, the DX platform frees up data center resources to focus on serving content to users, increasing server capacity by up to four times and accelerating application performance by up to 50 percent or more.

Additional product information can be found at www.juniper.net/products/appaccel/dca

About Juniper Networks, Inc.

Juniper Networks is the leader in enabling secure and assured communications over a single IP network. The company's purpose-built, high performance IP platforms enable customers to support many different services and applications at scale. Service providers, enterprises, governments and research and education institutions worldwide rely on Juniper Networks to deliver products for building networks that are tailored to the specific needs of their users, services and applications. Juniper Networks' portfolio of proven networking and security solutions supports the complex scale, security and performance requirements of the world's most demanding networks. Additional information can be found at www.juniper.net.

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