Juniper is a good candidate for enterprises desiring high throughput at low cost and advanced routing support, and for those combining security and networking purchases. Ease of management, branch office offerings and software-defined secure network (SDSN) technology are also positives.
Juniper Networks was founded in February 1996 and became publicly traded in 1999. Headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., the networking and security vendor has almost 10,000 employees, 92 offices in 43 countries, and annual revenues of just under $5 billion.
Juniper is considered a Niche Player by Gartner. The Juniper Networks SRX Series Services Gateways adapt as new threats emerge, using information from Juniper Sky Advanced Threat Prevention cloud-based service and third-party GeoIP feeds to block malicious activities as they enter or traverse the network. They provide application visibility and control, IPS, and user-based application policies, plus unified threat management (UTM) to protect and control business assets. The gateways can also perform deep-packet inspection (DPI) and apply role-based access policies.
Security and performance: No rating. NSS Labs said it was unable to test Juniper's firewalls and urged a comprehensive evaluation before purchasing.
Value: Very Good. Users generally report good value for their money, but that low price tag might not come with all the advanced features they'd like to have.
Implementation: Very good. Most users say Juniper's firewalls are easy to implement, and one even called the implementation process "fun."
"Implementation was easy and the value was great," said one InfoSec manager.
Management: Very good. Some find the management features complicated, but most users are generally pleased with the firewalls' management and dependability.
"Junipers are rock-solid devices that just work," said one engineer.
Support: Very good. Some complaints, but not many.
Cloud features: Good. A container-focused firewall is a unique offering.
Markets and Use Cases
The SRX Series targets small- to mid-size enterprise markets as well as service providers.
The SRX Series uses information from the Juniper Sky Advanced Threat Prevention cloud-based service, which leverages reporting and analytics tools, and machine learning algorithms. It also integrates with Juniper Spotlight Secure Threat Intelligence service to cascade threat information to SRX Series firewalls for immediate action.
Appliances, software, private and public clouds are supported. The mode of delivery ranges from all-in-one, integrated physical and virtual security networking devices to scalable, chassis-based data center solutions.
Juniper Identity Management Service integrates with SRX Series firewalls to provide user identification and enforcement.
Low-end appliances start around $300, while the high-end SRX5800 starts around $60,000.