The EX2500 supports both back-to-front and front-to-back cooling to accommodate server designs for hot- and cold-aisle layouts. This allows network ports to have closer proximity to server ports and keep cable lengths short and manageable, Juniper says.
The EX2500 has redundant power and fans. Power supplies are load sharing and fans are variable-speed, Juniper says. The variable speed fans will automatically adjust speed under variant conditions to reduce power consumption, the company says.
The EX2500 will be available in the second quarter starting at $18,000.
The datacenter initiatives are part of an attempt by Juniper to further hone its enterprise strategy as it seeks to deepen its penetration into that market. The company is winning some enterprise converts -- 30 to 40 percent of its EX LAN switch base are first time Juniper customers, Johnson said -- and it has tallied $33 million in EX switch revenue since unveiling the products a year ago.
And sales to the enterprise market now account for 31 percent of Juniper's revenue.
Still, "our enterprise side is not as surgically focused as we need it to be," Johnson said. Juniper officials at the analyst conference said the cost of sale to the enterprise is high; and that sales and marketing need to be better connected.
Johnson says the company must maintain its concentration on high-performance networking infrastructure while relying on partnerships for applications -- such as unified communications, visual conferencing, and others -- that it supports.
"Customers want choice and flexibility," Johnson said. "IT deserves to be in control of their destiny."
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