Juniper and Meru builds enterprise capabilities

Juniper and Meru builds enterprise capabilities

Juniper Networks is to offer joint product packages to enterprises in conjunction with Wi-Fi VoIP manufacturer, Meru.

The partnership will see Meru joining Juniper's J-Partner Infrastructure Alliance.

The two vendors will sell Juniper's enterprise firewall, routing and security products along with Meru's WLAN access points, which are geared toward supporting VoIP over wireless.

Meru makes WLAN gear aimed at latency-sensitive traffic requiring fast handoffs among access points - such as voice over Wi-Fi.

Its Air Traffic Control gear provides quality of service for RF signals, prioritising VoIP signals over others and allowing large concentrations of voice connections on an access point.

Juniper is strong in carrier routing, as well as enterprise firewall and security, thanks to its 2004 purchase of NetScreen. The vendor has been trying to break into enterprise routing with the introduction of its J-Series WAN routers for enterprise branch offices and larger corporate sites.

The vendor, long a thorn in Cisco's side in the carrier market, is also trying to expand its enterprise presence in application acceleration, with buyouts of traffic optimiser firms Redline Networks and Peribit Networks earlier this year, spending $US469 million on the two companies.

Getting closer to Meru gives Juniper more keys to the enterprise market it appears to covet - VoIP and Wi-Fi technologies.

Earlier this year, rumours swirled that Juniper might purchase a WLAN company - possibly Trapeze Networks or Aruba Networks - to counter Cisco's Airespace WLAN buy in January. The vendor has been quiet since.

In May, Juniper and IP PBX/phone maker, Avaya, agreed to co-market and develop gear for enterprises. In March, it bought carrier VoIP gear maker, Kagoor Networks, for $US67.5 million for the company's session border control products.

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