Juniper SRX vs pfSense

Juniper SRX is ranked 7th in Firewalls with 13 reviews vs pfSense which is ranked 4th in Firewalls with 22 reviews. The top reviewer of Juniper SRX writes "Lowered our operating costs by 25% over three years, mostly recovered from maintenance/support costs". The top reviewer of pfSense writes "The performance and functionality are good. I can manage it easily by myself". Juniper SRX is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Cisco ASA and Palo Alto Networks WildFire. pfSense is most compared with Sophos UTM, Fortinet FortiGate and Cisco ASA. See our Juniper SRX vs pfSense report.
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Pros
It integrates well with Fortinet and Palo Alto.It uses many applications, like antivirus blocking and web filtering.The high availability of the application is good.It protects the data behind our switches.It helps us perform our daily jobs.We mostly use the Layer 4 firewall functions: Access rules, NAT, and site-to-site IPsec VPN.Juniper has the "recovery safety feature", so if you perform a "commit confirmed" and the new configuration disconnects you. then there is no "confirmed" command with X mins (default = 10 mins). It automatically reverts (recovers) to the previous configuration. This is handy for when you do not want to make that trip down range just to reboot a router.Using a Juniper CLI, you configure a "candidate configuration", then "commit" it to bring it live. If you do not like it or messed up something, you just "rollback" to the previous configuration. It can all be done in a matter of minutes. This is super handy once you get use to it.

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The most valuable feature is the fact that it's very easy to manage. I don't have to have highly trained engineers. A mid-level employee who is conversant with firewalls can take care of managing it.Stability has been excellent. We have experienced no issues; it never fails.Its features rival many of the high cost solutions out there.The initial setup was straightforward, therefore I wanted to continue using the product.I can manage it easily by myself.The performance and functionality are good.Creation of certificates and the facility to administer services are valuable features.It is a good firewall with good performance.

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Cons
Juniper needs to focus more on their perimeter firewalls.The GUI needs to be easier to handle.I would like to see endpoint control and endpoint testing security.I would like them to add a dashboard because it's difficult to operate.The product only has basic features.It needs better interoperability with Cisco gear.Third-party support for Juniper is a lot less than Cisco. This is no surprise, but a definite consideration if you are expecting to use a lot of third party support. In my guesstimate, for every 100 Cisco shops, you will find one Juniper shop.JTAC (Juniper Networks Technical Assistance Center) is just okay for technical assistance. However, if you are used to Cisco TAC responsiveness, you will need to adjust your expectations with Juniper Networks TAC.

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They need to take care of a few issues with the GUI, and occasionally they don't update the configurations properly. I would also like them to firm up the VPN aspect of the software just a bit and provide better monitoring software.It is not centrally managed, where you log into the website and can see all your services there. We would like to be able to see is all the configurations from a central interface on all our pfSenses.The GUI could use improvements, though it is manageable.A malware blocker should be included. I do not know if it is included yet. However, until now, we have not experienced a large malware invasion.It requires more attention to provide a better alternative for open source to small government or educational institutions with reduced budgets in terms of technology.Needs services on additional features, such as managing inventory and generating reports.My only observation is about the quality of the IPSec logs, which are difficult to interpret and are poor in filters.​Improve analysis of logs and dashboards (control panel) with improved alert functionality.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
It has a low price.It is not that expensive.Pricing is good. Most of the costs are in the UTM (IDS/IPS, virus scanning, etc) subscription.Palo Alto was nice, but much more expensive.We were able to lower our overall operating costs over a three year period by 25%, mostly recovered from maintenance/support costs.Small enterprises or telco have variant licenses, and this licensing should be improved.I would say about $20,000 for a SRX650 with IDP licence.Pricing is very good, not expensive.

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In comparison to a lot of other solutions, it's very inexpensive.It is a free solution.It is economical (i.e., free).From Sonic Wall, their price is much higher, because for every feature that you want to add, you have to pay. I can do the same things with pfSense, but everything is included in one price.There are a few features not included, and when you have to use those features, you have to pay for them.It is an open source solution. Therefore, the price is good.It works quite well for an open source product.If you need to buy hardware onto which to install PfSense, go with their boxes on their website, they are great.

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Overview
OverviewHigh-performance security with advanced, integrated threat intelligence, delivered on the industry's most scalable and resilient platform. SRX Series gateways set new benchmarks with 100GbE interfaces and feature Express Path technology, which enables up to 1 Tbps performance for the data center.Providing comprehensive network security solutions for the enterprise, large business and SOHO, pfSense solutions bring together the most advanced technology available to make protecting your network easier than ever before. Our products are built on the most reliable platforms and are engineered to provide the highest levels of performance, stability and confidence.
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Sample Customers
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Top Industries
Top Industries
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Comms Service Provider
43%
Financial Services Firm
29%
Energy/Utilities Company
14%
University
14%
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Comms Service Provider
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Marketing Services Firm
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Manufacturing Company
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Financial Services Firm
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Comms Service Provider
16%
University
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Energy/Utilities Company
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Construction Company
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Comms Service Provider
15%
Manufacturing Company
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Financial Services Firm
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Non Tech Company
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Company Size
Company Size
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Small Business
41%
Midsize Enterprise
24%
Large Enterprise
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Small Business
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Midsize Enterprise
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Large Enterprise
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Small Business
67%
Midsize Enterprise
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Large Enterprise
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Small Business
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Midsize Enterprise
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Large Enterprise
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