October 29, 2008
Finpro Builds Global Infrastructure for Converged Communications With Juniper Networks EX-Series Ethernet Switches
Juniper Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:JNPR), the leader in high-performance networking, today announced that Finpro, Finland's overseas trade association, has rolled out a converged global network based on Juniper Networks EX-series Ethernet switches. With network deployments in 58 offices across 45 countries, Finpro selected the Juniper solution to provide fast, reliable and secure voice, data and video communications between its Finnish headquarters and remote 'export centres' around the world.
Finpro, one of the world's most established overseas trade associations with more than 500 member enterprises, wanted to replace its existing switch infrastructure because it could not provide sufficiently robust performance to scale with its growing network demands. As an existing customer of Juniper's firewall/VPN, Secure Access SSL VPN and application acceleration solutions, Finpro was already familiar with Juniper's ability to deliver high-performance network infrastructure. As a result, Finpro was confident in its decision to base its new network infrastructure on the Juniper EX-series Ethernet switches.
"Sharing ideas, best practices and experiences gained from working across so many different geographies is the key to successfully advising our rapidly expanding membership," said Jarmo Jonninen, IT Manager at Finpro, which serves more than 2,000 Finnish businesses worldwide with consulting and marketing services. "However, effective global collaboration relies on the quality of our network. We chose to leverage the ability of the EX-series switches to simplify our operations via consolidation and convergence, while maximizing performance and stability. By enabling us to converge all disparate networks onto a single IP infrastructure, the Juniper solution can help us scale to meet future requirements while ensuring we minimize cost and maximize existing infrastructure investments."
The EX-series Ethernet switches are part of Juniper's broad portfolio of high-performance network infrastructure designed to address an organization's unique business requirements and create a secure, reliable network suited to converged network deployments. The EX-series switches are easy to deploy and manage, supporting more energy-efficient network operation. Powered by JUNOS(R) software, a single network operating system running routing, switching and security platforms, the EX-series switches simplify the rollout of new features and applications that can enhance business operations without threatening network performance.
"Finpro's use of the EX-series switches is a model of how we intended these innovative products to help solve our customers' networking problems and help to achieve their business goals," said Gert-Jan Schenk, senior vice president of operations, EMEA, Juniper Networks. "Finpro has taken full advantage of the advanced functionality we offer to achieve a secure, converged and cost-effective global communications infrastructure. We are pleased to have been instrumental in delivering such a clear business benefit to this organization."
The Finpro deployment has been completed with the help of Cygate Oy, a local sales partner for Juniper Networks.
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