Juniper launches routers for businesses

The J-Series, which uses a cut-down set of Juniper's carrier-class software, is aimed at customers who want to run services like VoIP

Juniper Networks has launched its first range of enterprise routers, which it says will enable companies to run services that need guaranteed low latency such as IP telephony.

The J-series of routers use a subset of the Junos software that runs inside more powerful Juniper routers used by some major telcos. Junos is modular, and Juniper says this helps to give better quality of service to companies who use a J-series router.

"This is the first time that we've launched routing products that operate at the edge of the customer's network in the customer's premises," said Benjamin Ellis, Juniper's European product manager.

The entry-level J2300 Services Router, which will cost around €2,000, is aimed at a medium-sized office environment. It will support an uplink of 8Mbps and has one primary and one expansion slot. These slots can be filled with cards for network types such as Ethernet and DSL.

The J4300, costing around €4,000, is meant for branch offices. It supports a 16Mbps uplink and comes with six open slots.

The top-end J6300 router, at between €8,000 and €10,000, also has six open slots and can support an uplink of up to 90Mbps.

Juniper has also updated its NetScreen 5GT gateway to include an ADSL modem. According to Ellis, this means that companies can buy this product rather than using an ADSL modem and a separate firewall. The 5GT gateway offers a range of security features, including stateful and deep-packet inspection and protection from virus and denial-of-service attacks.