Juniper's Infranet Enhances Networking Security

by Sohini Bagchi    Nov 30, 2005

If you are a CTO or a network/ application architect looking to improve your data center infrastructure or application, you might consider Juniper Networks. After making its mark in the telecom space, Juniper has moved into the larger enterprise network segment.

In an enlightening conversation with CXOtoday, Sam Srinivas, Chief Technologist, Juniper Networks, held forth on the company’s latest initiatives in the enterprise networking space and its future endeavors.

“As access to network resources have grown extensively, making it available and preserving a high-level of security becomes increasingly challenging. Hence, access without sufficient security controls leaves the enterprise susceptible to a number of security risks and regulatory compliance challenges,” he said.

On Juniper’s tackling this challenge, he said, “Our unified access control solution solves the problem of balancing access and security controls by binding endpoint, identity and network information for dynamic policy management that is enforced in real-time throughout the network.”

Today, the security and networking major enables secure and assured communications over a single IP network. Srinivas pointed out that Juniper’s unified access control solution is the first to offer endpoint and identity-based controls, and support both client-host and network-based enforcement of dynamically configured firewall and IPSec policies.

“What is required is a more ‘aware’ network. An IP infrastructure with integrating endpoint, application and network intelligence will provide the enterprise a secure and assured delivery of application - the concept that Juniper has termed as Infranet,” he informed.

Further elucidating on this initiative, he said, “Enterprise Infranet framework uses a combination of identity-based policy and endpoint intelligence to give enterprises real-time visibility and policy control throughout the network. As a result, enterprises can control access, prevent threats, ensure compliance, and deliver secure and assured network services.”

The company has recently come up with Infranet Controller 4000 and 6000 appliances and Infranet Agent to provide unified access control of enterprise networks. The Infranet Controller appliance leverages the policy and control engine from SSL VPN and the security and performance from Juniper’s firewall/ VPN platform.

Focusing on the Infranet Controller’s advantages, he said, “It makes role-based policy decisions as well as seamlessly provisions the Infranet Agent, a software agent that assesses the endpoint’s compliance state both before and during the session, and enforces policy on the client host.”

Speaking on company’s initiatives, he said, “The company’s purpose-built, high performance IP platforms enable customers to support many different services and applications at scale. Juniper delivers products for building networks that are tailored to the specific needs of their users, services and applications.”

“We have also announced Dynamic Threat Mitigation solution recently, which is aimed at giving service providers an enhanced security and assurance of network services for their clients, especially with voice communications,” he added.

Juniper’s acquisition of Peribit and Redline Networks early this year has also been a bold move to reshape the enterprise networking industry. Srinivas feels that this would lead to further market consolidation as competitors will be forced to respond to Juniper’s initiative.

On the unified access control solution he commented that it leverages deep integration and interoperability with technology partners ranging from identity and access management, endpoint security, content management and security event management solutions.

Juniper has also opened its new $8.5 million R&D campus in Bangalore. Currently, the center makes up for around 10% of the company’s overall global engineering team. “Our aim is to provide a platform to achieve end to end ownership for multiple products,” summed up Srinivas.