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Juniper's NetScreen to Get IPv6

CHICAGO Supercomm – Juniper Networks Inc. (Nasdaq: JNPR) will take the next step towards integrating the NetScreen Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq: NSCN) product range next week, following its $4 billion dollar acquisition of the security specialist earlier this year (see Juniper Buys NetScreen).

Speaking at Supercomm, Juniper executives told NDCF that they will use next week’s Networld+Interop event in Tokyo to extend IPv6 support to five of NetScreen’s security products.

Juniper’s M, T, and E-series routers already provide support for IPv6. This will now be extended to NetScreen’s 5XT, 204, 208, 500, and 5200 products. In all cases, Juniper will offer support for both IPv4 and IPv6 in the same product -- because IPv6 networks will remain as islands in an IPv4 Internet sea for the foreseeable future.

The company’s decision to make this announcement in Japan is no coincidence: The Asian market is regarded as the sweet spot for IPv6. The perceived shortage of IP addresses, which originally prompted the development of IPv6, has not so far become a major issue in the U.S. Hence, U.S. firms remain ambivalent about the protocol.

The move comes only two weeks after Juniper made its first post-merger product announcement, unveiling the NetScreen 5GT ADSL security appliance and three new enterprise routers (see Juniper Attacks the Enterprise).

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