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Press Release -- January 19th, 2010
Source: Juniper Networks
Tags: Equipment, Ethernet, Merger

Hong Leong Financial Opts for Juniper Networks at New Purpose-Built Premise and Data Center

Juniper Switches, Security Devices and Junos® Software Provide Seamless Infrastructure for Malaysia's Leading Financial Group

MALAYSIA, January 19, 2010 — Juniper Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:JNPR, news, filings), the leader in high-performance networking, today announced that Hong Leong Financial Group Berhad, one of Malaysia's largest financial enterprises, has installed a complete data center and office network infrastructure from Juniper Networks. By deploying Juniper Networks EX Series Ethernet Switches and a range of Juniper security devices in its purpose-built premise, Hong Leong Financial Group enjoys high-capacity, low-latency network performance along with low operational costs thanks to having the Junos operating system running across its switch infrastructure.

Following a series of mergers and acquisitions over the last decade the Hong Leong Financial Group, which comprises a conventional bank, Islamic bank, investment bank and an insurance company, has consolidated its IT operation into a purpose-built twin-tower office development, which includes a new data center. Group senior management took advantage of the opportunity to refresh significant elements of its IT infrastructure.

"Rather than move our legacy network switching equipment to the new site we wanted to employ the latest technology to improve performance, simplify both our network architecture and operations and position the network for growth," said Hong Kean Yong, Group Chief Information Officer of Hong Leong Financial Group Berhad. "The Juniper Networks solution enabled us to cut the network down to two layers, which has obvious CapEx benefits and is much easier to manage. Having a single network operating system running across our switching infrastructure also makes a big difference in our operational costs."

By collapsing the multiple switching layers present in traditional network architectures, the Juniper Networks EX Series Ethernet Switches dramatically simplify network designs by requiring fewer devices and interconnections, leading to improved efficiencies in space, power, cooling and management.

"The Hong Leong Financial Group is the first major FSI enterprise in Malaysia and in ASEAN to embrace the full benefits of Juniper Networks' high-performance network infrastructure, which provides fast, secure and reliable delivery of the applications that drive business processes," said Wan Kamal, managing director of Juniper Networks Malaysia. "We expect this deployment to be seen as benchmark for others in the financial services industry."

The Hong Leong Financial Group deployed Juniper Networks EX8208 Ethernet Switches at its new data center, delivering the port densities, scalability and high availability needed to ensure low-latency response from mission-critical systems at all times. Juniper Networks EX4200 Ethernet Switches, deployed in a Virtual Chassis configuration, act as a combined core network and aggregation layer while EX3200 Switches, deployed in wiring closets, provide access for users and IP-enabled devices.

The EX Series is fully-compatible with Juniper Networks UAC solution, delivering an extra layer of security at the Hong Leong Financial Group by first authenticating users and performing virus checks, then enforcing precise, end-to-end security policies that determine who can access what network resources, as well as quality-of-service policies to ensure delivery of business processes.

About Hong Leong Financial Group Berhad

Hong Leong Financial Group Berhad, the holding company for Hong Leong Group's banking and financial services, has over the years grown in strength and size through sound and focused business strategies aided by strong management and financial disciplines.

About Juniper Networks

From devices to data centers, from consumers to the cloud, Juniper Networks delivers innovative software, silicon and systems that transform the experience and economics of networking. The company serves more than 30,000 customers and partners worldwide, and generated more than $3 billion in revenue over the last year. Additional information can be found at www.juniper.net.

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