Juniper's new access switches add to its cloud-focused lineup

Juniper Networks’ Unite architecture is living up to its name, bringing more enterprise network gear into its system for simplified management and scaling.

The latest additions to the lineup are entry-level and midrange access switches that also include other features for ease of use.

Unite, introduced last year for the EX9200 core switches and other Juniper and third-party components, is designed to help enterprises turn their own infrastructure into private clouds and link those to public clouds in a hybrid architecture. It’s built around Junos Fusion Enterprise software, which collapses multiple network layers into one for simpler management. That gives administrators a single point of management.

The software uses the IEEE 802.1BR Bridge Port Extension standard, which extends a bridge and its management beyond its physical enclosure to create a single-tier architecture. When it announced Unite, Juniper said existing EX switches not more than three years old could be part of the architecture.