Juniper Networks expanded its Ethernet switching product portfolio with a line of 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) switches.

Meanwhile, the company was reported to have cut executive salaries and to have laid off 100 employees. The Wall Street Journal (story here; subscription required) said execs experienced a 5 percent pay cut, except for CEO Kevin Johnson, who gave himself a 10 percent cut.

"We've tightened up on other areas so we can fund more R&D," the WSJ quoted Johnson.

The EX2500 line will be targeted at high-density 10 GbE deployments where high-performance networking with low latency, high availability and energy efficiencies are required.

The switches feature twenty-four 10 GbE SFP+ ports that deliver wire-speed performance and 700 nanosecond latency, according to Juniper, and will support 480 Gbps throughput (full duplex) in a 1 rack unit (RU) footprint.

The EX2500 Series is expected to be available in Q2. The list price for the EX2500 Series starts at $18,000.

Separately, Juniper said it has changed its J-Partner Program to offer even greater mutual profitability and market share growth to its partners.

“The enhancements that we are announcing place even greater emphasis on recognizing and rewarding our channel partners for the full spectrum of sales and service value they bring to the table, and align with the various business models they deploy to add that value,” said Frank Vitagliano, senior vice president of worldwide channels for Juniper Networks.

The company is offering more generous terms, not only to technology partners, but also to consultants.

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