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Juniper Buys Peribit, Redline For Traffic-Processing Smarts

Juniper Networks on Tuesday announced plans to acquire Peribit Networks and Redline Networks, two startups in the emerging field of application acceleration technologies.

The two purchases, which total about a half-billion dollars, give Juniper more weapons to compete against router kingpin Cisco Systems for enterprise IT customers. Wide-area optimization technology like Peribit's and application-acceleration hardware like Redline's are being used to speed performance of enterprise applications, especially when they are being accessed via remote connections. Overall, the application acceleration market was worth $1 billion in 2004, according to analysts at Gartner.

"Juniper's traffic processing strategy took a giant leap forward today," said Juniper CEO Scott Kriens, in a conference call Tuesday afternoon. According to Kriens, the need for application acceleration technologies has grown significantly over the past few years, as large corporate applications are distributed widely across uncertain networking links.

"Most of today's applications were written years ago for a local user," Kriens said. "That user has left the building."

Networks built on infrastructure from companies like Juniper, Kriens said, need to become more aware of applications' needs to deliver performance users have come to expect on local-area networks.

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