Bolstering security and performance at the far reaches of a distributed enterprise

The next-generation network infrastructure of a distributed enterprise must deliver business services and applications reliably and securely to geographically dispersed workforce without limiting options, increasing risk or degrading the user experience.

To deploy simplified, secure and high-performing networks at lower operational costs across locations of all sizes, Juniper has introduced four SRX Services Gateways targeted at remote and branch offices. These routers support a suite of unified threat management (UTM) and intrusion prevention capabilities. List prices start at US$699 for the entry-level SRX100.

The $1,099 SRX210, $2,999 SRX240 and $16,000 SRX650 are available. The SRX100 is expected to be available next quarter.

The SRX100 offers a variety of fixed form-factor options; the SRX210 comes with single-slot modularity; the SRX240 has 16 on-board Gbps Ethernet ports and four expansion slots; and the SRX650 is fitted with eight expansion slots for WAN/LAN interfaces, redundant power supplies and redundant services and routing engines.

Select SRX models feature hardware-based acceleration for inline anti-virus and intrusion prevention services (IPS) as well as Power over Ethernet (PoE) and standards-based SIP voice gateway capability.

“[Deployed at the branch], the SRX is a secure router with UTM capabilities. We’ve leveraged on some of our partners such as Kaspersky Lab for anti-virus, Symantec for anti-spam and Websense for content filtering,” said Lam Chee Keong, regional enterprise solutions manager at Juniper Networks. . “In addition, full data loss prevention capability gives administrators the ability to define the file extensions allowed through the box.”

Locations of all sizes

“A carrier-class infrastructure that includes integrated security, routing and switching running on a single operating system with common management, and that offers a uniform approach from the largest to the smallest sites, is a great benefit to IT organizations as they tackle the challenges of deployment across an increasingly decentralized landscape,” said Andrew Braunberg, research director of Enterprise Security & Networks at Current Analysis, a research firm.

Along with the SRX routers, Juniper also introduced an entry-level Gigabit Ethernet switch. The EX2200 fixed-configuration Ethernet switches are designed for access-layer deployments in branch offices and campus networks. The EX2200 line is expected to be available in Q1 2010 with list prices starting from $2,400.