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Juniper vSRX is the #3 ranked solution in top Virtualization Security tools, #8 ranked solution in top Unified Threat Management (UTM) tools, and #29 ranked solution in best firewalls. PeerSpot users give Juniper vSRX an average rating of 7.0 out of 10. Juniper vSRX is most commonly compared to Juniper SRX: Juniper vSRX vs Juniper SRX. Juniper vSRX is popular among the large enterprise segment, accounting for 62% of users researching this solution on PeerSpot. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a computer software company, accounting for 26% of all views.
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What is Juniper vSRX?
The vSRX offers the same features as physical SRX Series firewalls but in a virtualized form factor for delivering security services that scale to match network demand. It offers the same features as the SRX appliance, including core firewall, robust networking, full next-gen capabilities, and automated life-cycle management. It handles speed up to 100 Gbps. It supports Juniper Contrail, OpenContrail, and third-party software-defined networking (SDN) solutions and integrates with cloud orchestration tools. Deployed in your private cloud, vSRX protects against the lateral spread of advanced threats between virtual machines within your network borders. It provides scalable application security for dynamic workloads and protects mission-critical applications from known and unknown threats. Also the vSRX virtual firewall helps you seamlessly extend your private cloud into public cloud environments, securely moving data and workloads with ease. As a VPN gateway, the vSRX provides remote users with safe access to their workloads. As a segmentation gateway, the vSRX protects public-cloud workloads by blocking lateral threats using application policies that help maintain security and compliance.
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Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 5
Good filtering capabilities, supports SSL inspection, helpful technical support
Pros and Cons
  • "The most valuable features are application filtering, content filtering, the intrusion prevention system (IPS), and definitely the application firewall."
  • "The reporting can be improved."

What is our primary use case?

We are a solution provider and the vSRX is something that we have included in one of the solutions that we sell to our customers for cyber security protection. Our initial deployment was on-premises at one of our customer's sites.

We were so happy with vSRX that we expanded its usage. We design and prepare solutions for ships, and we have included the vSRX as part of our cyber security solution for them. It is still an on-premises deployment, although the premises is a vessel.

This product is primarily used for its UTM functionality. We collect all of the logs that the UTM produces onboard each ship and bring them onshore. At that point, we reevaluate them. We give full accessibility to the customers, allowing them to see what the UTM is doing on their ships.

How has it helped my organization?

This product has improved the way our organization functions because prior to implementing it, vessels did not have this technology. There was nothing equal to it.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are application filtering, content filtering, the intrusion prevention system (IPS), and definitely the application firewall.

We use the SSL inspection capability, which we really like a lot.

What needs improvement?

The reporting can be improved.

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For how long have I used the solution?

I have been working with Juniper vSRX for three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Stability-wise, it is very good. This product is very stable and it's proven to be a very good tool for us. It is used extensively because it is part of the ship's main operations. All of the data that goes in or out of the vessel is inspected by it.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This is quite a scalable product. It is easier to scale than the SRX because it's virtual. It's easier to assign more resources than it is to add more hardware.

We have installed this solution on approximately 450 ships with about 20 people in each of them. Many more of our customers have ships and we expect to surpass 1,000 installations within the next two or three years.

How are customer service and support?

The technical support is very good.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We did not use another solution prior to this one. A product did not exist for our customers' ships, so we introduced it using the vSRX.

How was the initial setup?

We have also implemented the Juniper SRX and the vSRX takes a little bit longer because the design is more complex. From the design phase to implementation and deployment, it takes between two and three days to complete.

What about the implementation team?

We had a partner do the implementation for us. The maintenance is also done by a partner. We have a lot of vSRX devices out there, and we are not actively maintaining them ourselves, so we have our partner to take care of it.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did not evaluate other options before implementing this solution. We are Juniper SRX users and we were so happy with that product that we decided the only solution had to be the vSRX.

What other advice do I have?

My advice for anybody who is implementing this product is that the whole thing is about the design. If you design it well, consider how you should introduce it into your organization, and have a good implementor to ensure that it integrates well into the platforms you already have in place, then you won't have any problems with the implementation phase. Having a good integrator is very important.

Feature-wise, this product isn't missing anything. There is nothing that we have asked for that isn't there. Our only complaint is about the reporting.

I would rate this solution a ten out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Senior Network Administrator at Zetec, Inc.
Real User
Top 20
Has basic functionality, but the GUI and hardware need to be improved
Pros and Cons
  • "It's basic functionality is probably the most valuable feature."
  • "The GUI really needs a lot of work, and it has got worse with successive version updates."

What is our primary use case?

It's where we face some of our IPsec tunnels.

What is most valuable?

It's basic functionality is probably the most valuable feature.

What needs improvement?

Juniper has some really good ideas, but I think they have missed the boat with regard to execution.

The GUI really needs a lot of work, and it has got worse with successive version updates. There are some things that are just easier to look at in the GUI, and they've removed some features that were very helpful.

Even though the features are still available in the CLI, sometimes it's just easier to look at the rules in a hierarchical fashion in the GUI.

The hardware needs some serious work as well. In the four years we've had Juniper vSRX, we've had four RMAs. Each of the three physical devices that we have has been replaced at least once.

A better methodology of looking at how a proposed rule would act on the network would be good to have. For example, Cisco ASA had a tool where you could write a rule or a policy, and it would tell you whether it stopped specific traffic.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've used it for the last four years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

My impressions of this solution's stability is not very favorable. We haven't had any problems with actual stability in the last couple of years, but it has lost its mind a couple of times and required rebooting.

How are customer service and support?

The technical support for this solution is fair. I've had a lot worse, and I've had better, so it's run of the mill.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We were using Cisco ASA before Juniper vSRX.

The reason that we didn't go with Cisco is that their products were behind the times. Other products had more up-to-date technology.

How was the initial setup?

We're a small organization, and the initial setup was pretty straightforward. I do the maintenance of the solution.

What about the implementation team?

We hired an outside vendor to help with initial deployment.

What was our ROI?

On a qualitative level, Juniper vSRX is taking care of what we need it to. So far, we haven't had an attack, but we did have a breach.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The ongoing licensing cost seems to be pretty standard. There are no additional costs.

What other advice do I have?

I recommend looking elsewhere. I'm not particularly enamored with Juniper vSRX. I've had a lot of problems with it. We're looking to replace Juniper with either Aruba or FortiGate based on usability and affordability.

Overall, I would rate this solution at four on a scale from one to ten.

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IT Administrator at Humane™
Real User
Top 20
Valuable graphical user interface with a straightforward setup
Pros and Cons
  • "The pricing is reasonable."
  • "The solution can be improved by allowing automatic updates for the OS devices."

What is our primary use case?

Our primary use case for this solution is for VPN.

What is most valuable?

We find its graphical user interface valuable because we can easily route the traffic and set up the devices according to our needs.

What needs improvement?

The solution can be improved by allowing automatic updates for the OS devices. For example, when we want to update our hardware device system, we have to download the OS package, attach the file with the hardware, and send a command to upgrade that package. However, with others, we can use the D-Link devices and click to check the online update and update it. In this case, we have to attach something from our local storage and then send a command to update Juniper.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using the solution for over two years and are currently using an older version.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is scalable. We can increase the number of users if we want. We have about 25 users connected to our central VPN devices, and we can add more devices.

How are customer service and support?

We do not have experience with customer service and support.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Fortinet is better than Juniper vSRX because they have an effective price. In addition, if you check the public feedback for Fortinet is around 9.0 and is highly recommended.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is straightforward and takes approximately 30 minutes.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The pricing is reasonable, but I do not have specific details.

What other advice do I have?

I rate this solution an eight out of ten. Regarding advice, I would recommend Fortinet first because they cover all the endpoint protection, VPN protection and email protection. Second I would recommend Sophos, and third I would recommend Falcon.

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Expert - architect of ICT systems at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
Top 20
Useful remote management that could use some more virus and malware detection
Pros and Cons
  • "It is deployed on the customer site, and we manage the firewalls on this side."
  • "I would like to see an activity sensor for malicious content or sensor for viruses and malware."

What is our primary use case?

It is deployed on the customer site, and we manage the firewalls on this side. It's a very useful solution. It is used on-premise at the customer site. It is useful for management, and the configuration is rather easy, as well.

How has it helped my organization?

As I said, it meets our requirements, so I think the product works okay.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see an activity sensor for malicious content or sensor for viruses and malware.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have used the Juniper vSRX firewalls for two or three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Yes, of course. It is stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I think that the system is scalable, but not on the customer side because there are not that many switches, so you don't have to scale this side.

How are customer service and technical support?

The Juniper technical support fulfilled our requirements.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We used Fortinet firewalls as well as Juniper vSRX. We did not use them to the extent that we have used Juniper vSRX.

How was the initial setup?

The deployment of the Juniper vSRX is easy.

What about the implementation team?

The process is done by my colleagues, so I am not involved in this process. As I understand it is easy and not a time-consuming process.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I think the virtual solution is a good price. But of course, it depends on other features, solutions, and licenses.

What other advice do I have?

It depends on on the environment and work requirements so it is hard to give advice. I would rate Juniper vSRX at a seven on a scale of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Senior Network Specialist at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
Reseller
Top 10
Scalable firewall and security solution with good switches
Pros and Cons
  • "This solution works well. Their switches and firewall are good."
  • "Fortinet is more user friendly than Juniper. In terms of remote access, I actually prefer using Fortinet. It's much easier to configure."

What is most valuable?

This solution works well. Their switches and firewall are good.

What needs improvement?

Fortinet is more user friendly than Juniper. In terms of remote access, I actually prefer using Fortinet. It is much easier to configure. When someone uses Juniper for the first time, it can be very intimidating. At one time, Juniper had what was known as a MAG, which was meant for remote access for users on the SRX.

They sold MAG and now remote access on Juniper leaves a lot to be desired because they don't have their own client. You have to use Pulse Secure or another solution. When there's a bug, Juniper relies on Pulse Secure and in our experience, this took six months to fix.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for ten years. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This is a scalable solution. 

What other advice do I have?

For those who can afford it afford it, I would recommend Palo Alto over Juniper.

I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.  

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
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Fathi Kharfi - PeerSpot reviewer
Head Of Network & Technical Support at Tadhamon International Islamic Bank
Real User
Top 5
A stable and scalable solution, but the overall management could be better
Pros and Cons
  • "The hardware is stable."
  • "It is pretty complex to manage and could be easier."

What is our primary use case?

The software is good. It's similar to when we used LAN and Cisco routers and firewalls in the past. We were able to scale. Juniper is better than Cisco for management.

What needs improvement?

It is pretty complex to manage and could be easier.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using this solution for about nine years, and it is deployed on-premises. We are using version SRX 500.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The hardware is stable and more stable than Sophos.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is a scalable solution. We have about 500 users using this solution in our company.

How was the initial setup?

It is easy to install.

What other advice do I have?

I rate this solution a seven out of ten, and I would recommend it to other people.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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AsefHadiyana - PeerSpot reviewer
ICT Administrator at a energy/utilities company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Contains too many steps for configuration, and licenses could be simpler
Pros and Cons
    • "There are too many types of licenses, which can be confusing."

    What needs improvement?

    Mine control is not an easy area to control in Juniper. There are also too many steps for configuration, like the IP address policy. There are too many types of licenses, which can be confusing. Simple licenses should be built in.

    Processing is too slow between Juniper and Cisco. Palo Alto is faster. The database is not as complete as Cisco or Palo Alto.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I've been using this solution for around 11 years.

    Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

    I also use Cisco and Palo Alto.

    What other advice do I have?

    I would rate this solution 6 out of 10.

    Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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