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Juniper Jumps on Managed Services

Juniper Networks Inc. (Nasdaq: JNPR), with its eye on the lucrative market for managed security services, has overhauled its Secure Access (SA) 6000 device in an attempt to win service providers to its platform (see Juniper Extends Family).

In case you hadn't heard, denial-of-service attacks, spam, and viruses may be the stuff of nightmare for data center managers, but they are opening up a whole new world of opportunity for service providers, which see a chance to sell so-called "managed security services" to their own customers (see Pipe Cleaners).

Managed security services cover the likes of disaster recovery and securing voice over IP (VOIP) traffic. Last year, a Light Reading Insider report on managed services found that service providers, as the managers of global networks, are well positioned to have the widest understanding of global networking security threats (see Managed Security Services Pipe Up). A number of service providers, such as AT&T Corp. (NYSE: T) and Equant (NYSE: ENT; Paris: EQU), are seeing solid growth in the managed services market.

With this in mind, Juniper has repackaged its two-rack-unit-high SA 6000 Secure Sockets Layer Virtual Private Network (SSL VPN) device for the service provider market. This will be sold as the 6000 SP, and includes a new virtualization software called Instant Virtual System (IVS). According to the vendor, this can create 255 virtual SSL VPN gateways on a single device, which can then be used as the foundation for other security services.

A range of additional features, available only as upgrades on the SA 6000, are now fitted as standard on the 6000 SP. These include dual hot-swappable hard drives and power supplies, as well as an extra two gigabytes of memory, which brings the devices total memory up to four gigabytes.

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