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Meru, Juniper Deliver Wireless VoIP
[August 31, 2005]

Meru, Juniper Deliver Wireless VoIP


BY JOHANNE TORRES
TMCnet VoIP Minute Watch Columnist
 
Meru Networks partnered with Juniper Networks to co-market wireless VoIP products and services, the companies announced today.
 
According to the news announcement released this morning, the agreement calls for Meru to join Juniper’s J-Partner Infrastructure Alliance program as a preferred member, and "immediately begin collaborating with Juniper on several fronts, including joint sales engagements and other co-marketing activities."
 
"We are pleased to welcome Meru Networks to the Juniper Networks Infrastructure Alliance," said Tony Scarfo, vice president, Partner Management at Juniper Networks.  "Juniper’s advanced IP and security solutions combined with Meru’s wireless LAN portfolio provides a unique, best-in-class solution for the growing wireless VoIP market."

 
The new agreement will enable both companies to bundle Juniper’s IP routing and security offering with Meru’s Air Traffic Control technology for WLANs, in order to enable IP voice for mobile enterprise users.
 
The companies' news release noted that "network security policies will have common enforcement, regardless of whether users are accessing the network via wireless or wireline." These features would be key for companies wanting to develop and market WLAN phones, dual-mode handsets and WLAN-enabled PDAs. 
 
"Meru Networks believes strongly in a best-of-breed partnership strategy to give our customers a complete solution that meets their needs," said Jim Ciociolo, vice president of business development at Meru Networks. "Our partnership with Juniper is a perfect illustration of this strategy, and allows our customers to benefit from our partnership with one of the market leaders in IP routing and network security."
 
Today's news follows Juniper's recent deal with Speakeasy. The deal, announced two weeks ago, enabled Speakeasy to deploy Juniper's E-and M-series routing platforms.
 
Speakeasy used Juniper's-E series to support its VoIP service to aggregate traffic and apply QoS policies. The company uses Juniper's M-series for its central sites. Speakeasy also used Juniper’s routing platforms to introduce a new Bonded T1 data service, which enables businesses to combine multiple T1's and add or remove circuits based on need.
 
The year has been significant for Juniper as well. Indeed, back in March, the company announced it had acquired session border control (SBC) technology provider Kagoor Networks for $67.5 million in cash.
 
The move, according to Juniper, was an additional step in its strategy to bring secure and assured networking to customers worldwide through rich traffic processing. The service combination of Juniper's networking system and Kagoor's SBC technology will offer an option for network operators looking to cost-effectively deploy VoIP services.
 
Meru Networks
Juniper Networks
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