XON has been awarded Juniper Networks Elite Service Provider status, an
award that positions the company strongly as a solutions provider in the
local telco carrier class and service provider network markets.
InformationWeek 500-listed Juniper Networks is the dominant player in the
global carrier networking space, offering networking platforms that
encompass a range of products and services, from carrier-class routing
platforms to highly scalable session border controllers and secure and
assured application delivery.
Based on a common product architecture featuring the proven JUNOS modular
operating system, the platforms are designed to ensure an efficient and
predictable performance infrastructure, and enable secure, dependable user
experiences at scale.
"XON was the first certified Juniper Networks Enterprise Elite Partner in
South Africa, and the awarding of Elite Service Provider status means we
have reached the highest level of Juniper certification," says XON CEO Carel
"This has long-term strategic benefits in that the company can move beyond
servicing just the enterprise market and procure and service carrier-class
Juniper solutions for South Africa's burgeoning telecommunications sector.
"Businesses such as ISPs and telcos, where the network is the business,
readily embrace Juniper technology because the advantages over competitors
in the marketplace are clearly and easily demonstrated and that has opened
up new markets for us."
Coetzee says Juniper's integrated security products are a key
differentiator, with appliances that extend secure and mobile access to
employees, partners and customers, and intrusion prevention products that
identify and stop network and application-level attacks.
This is borne out by back-to-back wins in the security category at the
Ingram Micro Manufacturer Award of Excellence in 2006 and 2007.
The platform also includes a unified access and control application that
binds the endpoint with the user identity and the network, and propagates
that information throughout the network for realtime policy management.
"Another key strength in the Juniper offering is that it incorporates robust
and proven MPLS, or multiprotocol label switching router," says Coetzee.
"That's particularly applicable in larger networks where it brings traffic
engineering, bandwidth management and quality of service to IP networks."
XON, he adds, made a considerable investment in skills to achieve the
certification and gives the organisation the ability to leverage economies
of scale with key clients and pass on the benefits to customers.
"Long overdue deregulation of the South African telecommunications
environment is leading to more competition and cheaper connectivity, which
translates into the demand for carrier networks growing substantially. XON,
and Juniper, are now ideally positioned to take advantage," he says.