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Juniper Networks Delivers New Family of Dynamic Services Gateways for the High-Performance Network Infrastructure

SRX Dynamic Services Gateways Set New Industry Benchmarks with Highest Performing Firewall Service Exceeding 120 Gbps

 SUNNYVALE, Calif. – September 15, 2008 – Juniper Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: JNPR), the leader in high-performance networking, today introduced the Juniper Networks SRX 5600 and 5800 dynamic services gateways – a new category of extensible “no compromise” networking and security products that set unprecedented benchmarks for high-performance networking. Running on Juniper’s powerful JUNOS® software, a single-source code base network operating system, the SRX series delivers integrated services, scalable performance and operational simplicity that help high-performance businesses accelerate the deployment of business-enabling applications and services across the network to achieve a sustainable competitive advantage. Businesses are under continuous pressure to meet demanding and changing application and service requirements that enable innovation. As they continue to massively scale their networks to support advanced applications and services, they are also coming to the realization that they can no longer afford the performance and security tradeoffs and operational complexities associated with maintaining legacy network infrastructure. Legacy network infrastructure is often limited in performance, slow to adapt and costly and complex to manage. This hinders the deployment of new applications and services and the ability to scale.  

Built Upon an Extensible “No Compromise” Architecture

The Juniper Networks SRX dynamic services gateways are built upon the industry’s first “no compromise” Dynamic Services Architecture, an extensible design that can simultaneously scale integrated services and network capabilities on a single architecture. The SRX dynamic services gateways allow innovative businesses to deploy a high-performance network infrastructure that scales in performance, security and services to reduce the escalating demands and risks placed on the network. This enables fast, reliable and secure access to applications and services from a single network architecture that runs on a single operating system managed by a single management framework, which can reduce the total cost of ownership. “With new applications emerging and the security landscape continuously evolving, innovative businesses require a high-performance network with flexible technology to enable the effective, efficient and dynamic deployment of advanced applications and services,” said Michael Frendo, senior vice president, High-End Security Systems, Juniper Networks. “Juniper’s Dynamic Services Architecture represents an evolution of networking, enabling businesses to balance network complexity and performance with the services and security they need to extend the value of their network. The SRX family delivers on the promise of this new Dynamic Services Architecture approach.” 

Integrated Services: Deliver Superior User Experience

Juniper is delivering a quantum leap in performance and security with the SRX by initially launching the highest performance firewall service in the industry. The SRX dynamic services gateways deliver up to 120+ Gbps firewall throughput – an order of magnitude increase in processing speed compared to traditional firewalls. In addition to offering firewall services, the SRX natively integrates other key services such as Intrusion Prevention System (IPS), Distributed Denial of Service (DDos/DoS) protection, Network Address Translation (NAT), dynamic routing, and Quality of Service (QoS). The ability of the SRX to support and optimize multiple services enables the product to provide scalable performance and security to applications and key services running on the network, thus delivering a superior user experience and improved productivity. “As a high-performance business, our infrastructure needs require dynamic and extensible technology to be competitive in the marketplace. A flexible platform that enables us to integrate new technology and capabilities as we need it will continue to allow us to quickly and cost-effectively take advantage of new opportunities, while also securing our network infrastructure,” said Sam Ghelfi, CSO, Raymond James. “Juniper’s SRX is a solution that is designed to help address changing business requirements and maximize technology investments as business needs evolve.” For more customer and partner testimonials, please see Bell Canada, University of Frankfurt and Hitachi Systems & Services, Ltd.   

Scalable Performance: Accelerated Application and Service Deployments

The SRX dynamic services gateways are built upon Juniper’s Dynamic Services Architecture that offers a dedicated dual management engine and purpose-built, carrier-class terabit speed fabric. The extensibility of the SRX offers scalable performance based on the appropriate footprint, types of services and number of input/output and services processing cards (SPCs). Unlike single-purpose security appliances or traditional chassis platforms, the SRX dynamic services gateways deliver a wide range of services to meet evolving high-performance business requirements. The range of services as well as the ability to readily “turn-on” new features, greatly accelerates application and service deployments. 

Operational Simplicity: Minimize Complexity, Cost and Risk

The SRX dynamic services gateways run on JUNOS software to deliver unmatched carrier-grade reliability and operational simplicity. Deployed in more than 200 service provider networks around the world, JUNOS software is the single-source code base network operating system driving Juniper’s leadership in high-performance networking. JUNOS software is designed to maintain continuous systems and improve the availability, performance and security of business applications. JUNOS software helps to automate network operations by providing a single consistent implementation of features across the network in a single release train that minimizes the complexity, cost and risk associated with implementing network features and upgrades. This provides network administrators with more time to innovate and deliver new revenue-generating applications, advancing the economics of high-performance networking.The SRX can also leverage the Advanced Insight Solutions (AIS) intelligence built into Juniper’s JUNOS software. AIS is the enabling technology for Junipers J-Care Technical Services that provides a comprehensive set of tools and technologies to automate the delivery of network and device information for proactive network protection and support services. AIS incorporates intelligent self-analysis capabilities that can store and track potential risks, proactively notify customers of these risks, and then provide information to the Juniper Networks Technical Assistance Center (JTAC) to open support cases and help identify and expedite issue resolution.

SRX 5600 and 5800 Dynamic Services Gateways

Juniper Networks SRX 5600 and 5800 dynamic services gateways are ideally suited for large enterprise and service provider networks. The SRX 5800 dynamic services gateway can support more than 120 Gbps of stateful firewall and up to 30 Gbps of IPS, as well as 350,000 connections per second. Each SRX deployment can be tailored to the specific network requirements, enabling the SRX 5800 to be configured to support more than 400 Gbps interfaces with choices of Gigabit Ethernet or 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports. The scalability of the SPCs and input/output cards (IOC) is enabled by the terabit speed fabric employed in the dynamic services gateways, which allows for massive scale of Ethernet ports and services processing. The SRX 5600 dynamic services gateway uses the same SPCs and IOCs as the SRX 5800 and can support up to 60 Gbps of stateful firewall and 15 Gbps IPS.  

Future Service Capabilities

Juniper has a rich security and network services roadmap and the SRX dynamic services gateways will offer expanding levels of service intelligence, innovation and integration over time to keep pace with the changing network and business requirements of customers on a continuing basis. 

Pricing and Availability

The SRX 5600 and 5800 dynamic services gateways are available today. The base list price for the SRX 5600 chassis starts at USD 65,000 while the list price of the SRX 5800 chassis starts at USD 68,000. The list price for the services processing cards and input/output cards start at USD 100,000. The SRX 5600 and 5800 are expected to be in evaluation for Common Criteria EAL3 certification later this year. For more information on the SRX dynamic services gateways, please visit  

About Juniper Networks

Juniper Networks, Inc. is the leader in high-performance networking. Juniper offers a high-performance network infrastructure that creates a responsive and trusted environment for accelerating the deployment of services and applications over a single network.  This fuels high-performance businesses. Additional information can be found at 

Juniper Networks, JUNOS, and the Juniper Networks logo are registered trademarks of Juniper Networks, Inc. in the United States and other countries.  All other trademarks, service marks, registered trademarks, or registered service marks are the property of their respective owners.


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RAD Brings Olympic Coverage to Chinese Provinces

BEIJING, August 11, 2008: China Radio International (CRI) has selected access equipment from RAD Data Communications to enable it to transmit video on demand (VOD) from the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing.

CRI, which maintains a video server at the Olympics, recommended RAD’s RIC-155GE Gigabit Ethernet over STM-1 network termination unit (NTU) to China Telecom as a reliable gateway for transmitting its Ethernet-based video feed over existing SDH lines to various provincial capitals, including Chengdu (in Sichuan), Xian (in Shaanxi) and Changsha (in Hunan).

Using virtual concatenation technology, the RIC-155GE maps the video streams into VC-4 containers for transport across long-haul fiber connections. CRI first deployed RAD’s RIC-155GE in 2006 to run Ethernet-based video over traditional STM-1 circuits. 

“CRI’s previous deployment of the RIC-155GE to carry Ethernet-based services over both wired and wireless SDH transport networks gave them the confidence to propose this solution to China Telecom for their mission-critical IPTV based Olympics coverage,” states Jeremy Zimman, Director of Operations in Greater China at RAD Data Communications. “The RIC-155GE is guaranteed to be a big winner at the Beijing Olympics.”

RAD’s RIC-155GE NTU provides carriers and service providers with a migration path for connecting IP devices with Gigabit Ethernet interfaces to existing SDH or SONET networks at an access rate of 155 Mbps. It is part of RAD’s suite of EtherAccess family of Ethernet access solutions. EtherAccess enables Quality of Service over low and high-speed SDH/SONET and PDH circuits from fractional and full E1/T1, E3/T3 and STM-1/OC-3 circuits to Gigabit Ethernet.

About China Radio International

China Radio International broadcasts a wide variety of programming both domestically and internationally over both radio and television.  Founded in 1941, CRI is one of the three central media organizations in China, along with China National Radio (CNR) and China Central Television (CCTV).  

About RAD

Established in 1981, privately owned RAD Data Communications has achieved international recognition as a major manufacturer of high quality access equipment for data communications and telecommunications applications. These solutions serve the data and voice access requirements of service providers, incumbent and new carriers, and enterprise networks, by reducing infrastructure investment costs while boosting competitiveness and profitability. The company’s installed base exceeds 10,000,000 units and includes more than 150 carriers and operators around the world. These customers are supported by 21 RAD offices and more than 300 channel partners in 164 countries. RAD is a member of the RAD Group of companies, a world leader in networking and internetworking product solutions. RAD Data Communications site:

Press Contact

Bob Eliaz, Media Relations Manager, RAD Data Communications

Tel: +972-3-6458134


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TM Forum Confirms Management World Orlando Conference Dates, Location and Topics

Conference includes three summits on digital commerce, network transformation and revenue and customer management to target the extending value chain in the communications industry

Morristown, NJ – August 11, 2008 –TM Forum, the leading communications industry consortium, announced today that the organization’s 2008 North American Management World conference will be held at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, Florida from November 16-20th.

After hosting a capacity crowd of more than 1,500 industry professionals last year, Management World moves to the new, bigger Orlando location with a new tri-summit conference format to address the management, monetization and operational issues facing today’s communications, entertainment and online service providers. 

Coinciding with the larger venue, Management World Orlando will boast an increased scope to better assess and discuss the challenges facing communications service providers as they embrace the content, digital commerce and advertising industries. The 2008 conference will include three distinct summits on transformation, revenue management and customer experience, and digital commerce and advertising that will examine each specific area as it relates to the larger topic of convergence.

The Transformation Summit will explore how business and IT transformation enables service providers and their partners to remain competitive in a dynamic market place. The summit is aimed at the telecom, cable, information and entertainment companies responsible for driving continuous business transformation.

The Revenue Management & Customer Experience Summit will examine important aspects of charging for and gathering revenue for a new generation of services, as well as how customer experience becomes a foundation to a successful and profitable service. The summit covers the entire spectrum from how customer experience can be defined to how services can be assured..

The Digital Commerce & Advertising Summit will examine the management & monetization issues for delivering cutting-edge, digital media services and the new business opportunities for service providers as the communications and media worlds converge. Additionally, the summit will explore how advancements in digital commerce and communications technologies will impact traditional advertising business models for the future.

With C-level keynotes from Rogers Communications, Credit Suisse and Deutsche Telekom, and speakers from worldwide services providers including BT, Verizon and AT&T, Management World Orlando continues the tradition of bringing together top experts to discuss, explore and solve the industry’s most pressing issues.

Mark your calendar now to join these and other leading companies at this year’s Management World Orlando – November 16-20, 2008.

For further details on the Conference and each of its summits, visit the Management World Orlando homepage.

About the TM Forum

With almost 700 member companies in 72 countries, the TM Forum is the world’s leading trade consortium focused on enabling digital services. Serving the information, communications and entertainment industries, the Forum provides leadership, strategic guidance and practical solutions to improve the way that services are created, delivered and charged. Members include the majority of the world’s service providers, network operators, software suppliers, equipment suppliers and systems integrators.

The Forum currently facilitates over 80 technical projects and provides extensive training, conferencing and information services to its members. Through its initiatives to help providers move to low cost, high quality ‘lean’ processes, the Forum helps its members automate business processes and work seamlessly across various parts of the service delivery chain. The organization provides industry benchmarks, guidebooks, process and software frameworks and downloadable software standards. These give service providers the direction and specific roadmaps to achieve much greater business efficiency and operational flexibility.

For further information regarding the TM Forum, related programs such as the Prosspero initiative and its Management World conferences, please visit,

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OPTELIAN LightGAIN Optical Transport Systems in Czech Republic


Ottawa ON/Marietta GA,

Optelian is pleased to announce that the Czech-based services provider OptoNet Communication has selected Optelian’s active CWDM and management system, to provide services to Ceské Radiokomunikace, the second largest telecom provider in the Czech Republic. OptoNet is using Optelian’s LightGAIN RGN-3GSF CDWM system to provide STM-1 and STM-4 transport as well as Optelian’s full network management suite, to provide it with a complete overview of the network services it is providing to Ceské Radiokomunikace.

Ceské Radiokomunikace a.s. is the leading provider of broadcast services in the Czech Republic, and was the first carrier to launch public digital television broadcasting in the Czech market place. Ceské Radiokomunikace is the largest alternative telecommunications provider, and second largest operator of land lines in the Czech Republic.

OptoNet is a wholly-owned subsidiary of OPTOKON. Co., Ltd., a Czech company specializing in optical fibre, test and measurement equipment, and optical transport solutions.

About Optelian

Optelian provides innovative optical transport solutions for Service Provider and Enterprise networks. Optelian was established in 2002 and supplies its products to some of the world’s major carriers. Its flagship system, LightGAIN, is a carrier-grade platform that is unmatched for cost effectiveness, flexibility, and simplicity. Quality, On-Time Delivery, and Customer Care are Optelian hallmarks every employee is committed to providing.

The RGN-3GSF is Optelian’s protocol independent Quad SFP regenerator card that handles data rates from 10 Meg to 2.7 Gig.

Optelian is Headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, and has offices, partners, and resellers worldwide.


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