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Juniper, Ingram Micro Extend Pact

Looking to extend its reach, Juniper Networks has expanded its relationship with IT distribution giant Ingram Micro , the companies announced today.

Ingram Micro will now offer Juniper's routers -- namely its J-series and entry-level M-series platforms -- to resellers.

The move builds on an existing relationship. Ingram Micro is the primary distributor of Juniper's NetScreen security offerings, which include firewall and virtual private network and intrusion detection products.

"With Ingram Micro's past success in distribution of our NetScreen product line, we are confident that this agreement can help drive reseller adoption of Juniper Networks' platforms," Tushar Kothari, Juniper's vice president of worldwide channels, said in a statement.

Ingram Micro has nearly 50 distribution centers worldwide and sales representatives in 35 countries. The company sells its products and services to resellers in more than 100 countries.

In other Juniper news, the Sunnyvale, Calif., company highlighted new hardware and software features for its E-series edge routing platform.

The enhancements are aimed at helping broadband service providers deliver new services with increased performance, reliability and scale.

For example, the E-series JUNOSe system software and applications now provide support for stateful Switch Route Processor (SRP) switchover capabilities.

The goal of the stateful SRP switchover functionality is to maximize reliability, network service availability and subscriber satisfaction.

Juniper competes with Cisco , Nortel and others in the network equipment space.