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Ricoh builds up cloud IT infrastructure with Juniper Networks

Veronica C. Silva | Sept. 14, 2012
Juniper solutions will interconnect Ricoh offices and data centres in US and Japan via cloud.

Document management provider Ricoh Company has turned to Juniper Networks to build a common infrastructure across its global operations.

With the help of Juniper Networks solutions, including gateways, routers, switches and software, Ricoh's aim is to interconnect the global Ricoh offices, including data centres in the US and Japan.

Juniper Networks said that Ricoh's IT infrastructure will be on the cloud and will operated on the basis of Infrastructure-as-a-Service and Platform-as-a-Service.

Ricoh said a common IT infrastructure allows the company to "maximise the benefits of cloud services across the company".


To build this infrastructure, Juniper deployed its SRX Series Services Gateways, MX Series 3D Universal Edge Routers, and EX Series Ethernet switches, backed by the Junos operating system.

The Juniper gateways are deployed in the perimeter and in the network to provide security services that are flexible and scalable, Juniper Networks said.

The Ethernet switches provide from 1GbE to 10GbE connectivity. With Juniper's Virtual Chassis technology, up to 10 interconnected switches can operate as a single, logical device, reducing the number of physical devices to manage.  

The Juniper Networks MX803D Universal Edge routers can handle connectivity across the Ricoh corporate WAN.


"We chose Juniper Networks for several key reasons: its ability to simplify our operations through a single operating system, its high-performance security, flexible expandability and high availability, along with a trusted global support structure," said Naoki Wakasugi, general manager, IT Infrastructure Integration Center, Information Technology & Solution Division, Ricoh Company.

The Junos OS manages the Ricoh network and security infrastructure across the Juniper platforms, promising reduced management overhead and costs.

"Ricoh's efforts in cloud services have allowed it to become a global leader in bringing people and information together. Running Junos as a common operating system across routing, switching and security enables Ricoh to unlock more value from its cloud ecosystem. The company can extend the benefits of cloud services, reduce lead time in developing new services, and significantly reduce operating costs," said Douglas Murray, senior vice president, Asia Pacific, Juniper Networks.


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