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Symantec-Juniper Mega-Deal: Merger Preview?

In addition to co-marketing each other's products, the two companies will begin to fortify Juniper's networking wares with Symantec's anti-spam technology, IDS/IPS signatures, and vulnerability information and research. Can a full-fledged merger be far behind?

The cooperative agreement between Juniper and Symantec calls for the following:

Co-development of UTM and IPS
Expanding the support for Symantec content on Juniper devices will give users simplified network topologies in the form of fewer devices.

Cooperative building of standards-based access-control and compliance solutions
Includes provisions for support of the Trusted Network Connect (TNC) open standard, a set of network access-control specifications that enable the application and enforcement of security requirements for network endpoints.

Collaboration on security and threat research
Juniper's J-Security worldwide team will partner with Symantec's Global Intelligence Network to create IPS signatures for Juniper's appliances. The pair will also work to root out emerging network and application threats.

Participation in cooperative sales and marketing efforts
Symantec will recommend Juniper's Integrated Security and IDP appliances to enterprise customers. Juniper will market and sell Symantec's security content as part of its Integrated Security Solutions portfolio.

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