Unite allows enterprises to rapidly deploy cloud-based applications by dynamically automating network resources to meet business needs. Juniper says Unite can do this across devices, applications, and locations, including a mix of on-premises locations and remote clouds.
One of a few product releases and updates from Juniper today, Unite is based on the company’s Junos Fusion Enterprise operating system, which will enable a single point of network configuration and management for enterprise campus and branch networks. Junos Fusion Enterprise, which is based on the 802.1 Bridge Port Extension standard, allows enterprise customers to collapse multiple network layers, including on-premises data centers, into one cloud.
Fusion is in trials with mid-sized enterprises, says Denise Shiffman, Juniper’s corporate vice president of innovation.
Juniper’s EX92000 programmable switch is the core aggregation device for Junos Fusion Enterprise. The Unite release includes some new line cards for the EX9200.
Fusion “makes it possible to remotely control the campus network,” Shiffman says, adding that the software scales up to 6,000 access ports, enough to cover multiple buildings and campus closets.
“In this one fabric, we combine the data center network as well as the campus infrastructure in one flat enterprise network,” she says.
Also announced today, the Junos Space Network Director gives customers the ability to manage one or more Junos Fusion Enterprise Fabric groups, including network control and automation, across the distributed enterprise.
New SRX Gateways
Other elements of the Unite architecture include Juniper Networks’ new SRX Services Gateways, which are cloud-based security products for networks. The SRX300 is designed to protect branch offices and other small locations, while the SRX1500 is a more advanced, virtualized architecture designed for larger enterprise branches and small campuses.
Juniper’s Sky Advanced Threat Prevention combats malware threats by automatically screening applications and downloads before they can enter into a network. Sky Advanced Threat Prevention includes free and premium versions. The free version features the full suite of anti-malware techniques, as well as both static and dynamic sandbox analysis. The premium version also quarantines infected hosts and blocks communications with command and control servers.
Juniper says it has also made significant enhancements to its Junos Space Security Director, including increased visibility and control over workflows to provide better network security insights. Users can create a single dashboard of widgets, reports, and alerts that show the threats detected, the customers using the affected applications, and the actions suggested for remediation.
The Unite reference architecture includes third-party integration through the Open Convergence Networks. For wireless interoperability, Juniper has integrated with Aruba Networks, Aerohive Networks, and Ruckus Wireless. On the security side, Juniper has partnerships with Cyphort, which was announced several months ago, Attivo Networks, and Vectra Networks.