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Juniper Networks launches Secure Socket Layer (SSL) Virtual Private Network (VPN) platforms optimised for small and medium enterprises

  • 17 August, 2004 11:35

<p>Melbourne, 17 August 2004 - Juniper Networks today launched its industry-leading SSL VPN solutions for the small-to-medium enterprise (SME) market. These provide SMEs with a secure, cost-effective and easy-to-deploy solution for remote employees to access corporate networks. Built on the industry’s leading SSL VPN platform – the Juniper Networks Instant Virtual Extranet (IVE) platform – the NetScreen Remote Access 500 appliances are optimised for SMEs with packaging, pricing and easy implementation tailored to this market.</p>
<p>Juniper leads the global SSL VPN industry with 45 percent market share, according to Infonetics Research’s latest study. Juniper Networks has also been named the global SSL VPN leader by Forrester Research, Frost &amp; Sullivan and Instat/MDR, and has earned a leader quadrant position in Gartner Group’s SSL VPN Magic Quadrant1. The Juniper Networks NetScreen Remote Access 500 series leverages the most mature SSL VPN appliance in the industry, in a SME-oriented configuration.</p>
<p>“There is strong demand in Asia Pacific for Virtual Private Networks based on SSL technology,” said Nitin Acharekar, industry manager, Frost &amp; Sullivan. “Our forecast for the SSL VPN market in APAC is at least US$10 Million, for 2004. In the first quarter of this year, the region had already sold US$4.4 million.”</p>
<p>The SME segment represents a growing opportunity for SSL VPN solutions. Infonetics Research reports that the worldwide SME segment is expected to double deployments of remote access VPNs over the next several years. Infonetics found that, “In 2002, 24 percent of small, 37 percent of medium, and 60 percent of large organisations had deployed remote access VPNs; by 2007 the numbers are 55 percent, 74 percent, and 90 percent, respectively2.”</p>
<p>Contrary to legacy client-based remote access technologies, the new NetScreen Remote Access 500 series uses SSL-based transport to provide secure remote access via any Web browser without the need for client software distribution, maintenance and support. The NetScreen Remote Access 500 series products are delivered in a purpose-built appliance and eliminate the need to harden servers or make changes to existing infrastructure, resulting in a cost-effective, secure, remote access solution that is easy for customers to deploy and simple for end-users to operate.</p>
<p>The NetScreen Remote Access 500 series complements the existing Juniper Networks NetScreen Secure Access product family, which offers broad access options, high performance scalability and access granularity tailored for sophisticated intranet and extranet environments. Both product lines leverage the robust security design of the IVE platform, including enterprise strength authentication, authorisation and auditing (AAA), comprehensive endpoint security, and a core security architecture that has been audited by leading third-party security experts, such as TruSecure Corporation, Cryptography Research, Inc. and certified by ICSA Labs.</p>
<p>“With the launch of the NetScreen Remote Access 500 series, we are expanding our market leadership and addressing new customer and channel business opportunities,” said Adam Judd, vice president, Asia Pacific, Juniper Networks. “We’ve created a product family that is specifically tailored for the SME segment, delivering our industry-leading security technology in a turn-key design to meet the needs of APAC SMEs.”</p>
<p>The new product series represents a continuation of the Juniper Networks NetScreen Medium Enterprise strategy launched in February 2004 that benefits medium enterprise-focused customers and channel partners with new products designed to meet specific medium enterprise customer requirements. The NetScreen Medium Enterprise channel programme also includes education, training and tools to help channel partners build sales momentum in the medium enterprise market.</p>
<p>“The Asia Pacific market has a high proportion of SMEs,” said Judd. “The Remote Access 500 series’ design squarely addresses the needs of SMEs in the region. Smaller companies often do not have large IT departments, and the Remote Access 500 family allows them to protect their networks with strong, flexible security, even with limited IT resources.”</p>
<p>Availability
The Juniper Networks NetScreen Remote Access 500 series is available today through a broad network of Juniper Networks global channel partners, with configurations starting at 10 concurrent users. For more information on where to purchase, please visit http://www.juniper.net/products/howtobuy.html. For more information on becoming a Juniper Networks Channel Partner, please visit http://www.juniper.net/partners/.</p>
<p>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.</p>
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<p>NOTE 1 – Juniper leads the SSL VPN market with 45% revenue market share for Q1’04, “VPN and Firewall Appliances and Software Quarterly Worldwide Market Share and Forecasts for 1Q04,” Jeff Wilson, Infonetics Research, May 2004. Juniper is the SSL VPN market leader, “Making SSL VPNs a Strategic Part of Your Network,” Robert Whiteley, Forrester Research, March 2004. Juniper leads the SSL VPN market with 36% revenue market share for 1H’03, “World SSL VPN Products Market,” Jason Wright, Frost &amp; Sullivan, Sept. 2003. Juniper leads the SSL VPN market with 34% revenue market share for 2002, “Tunneling Through the Flames: An Analysis of the Firewall and VPN Market,” Jaclynn Bumback, In-Stat/MDR, April 2003. Juniper is positioned in the Leader Quadrant, “Gartner SSL VPN Magic Quadrant for 1H2004,” John Girard, Gartner Inc., April, 2004.</p>
<p>NOTE 2 – “VPN and Firewall Appliances and Software Quarterly Worldwide Market Share and Forecasts for 1Q04,” Jeff Wilson, Infonetics Research, May 2004.</p>

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