Depending on the size and complexity of your Juniper network you might opt for a system to help you manage your infrastructure. Having a central tool to manage your firewalls and switches has many advantages, but it also adds complexity and cost.
If you're running Juniper equipment, then one option is to use Junos Space, either on an appliance or running software on a virtual machine (VM). An alternative solution is to use OneConfig's SaaS-based management platform. So which is the better option? Let's consider a few aspects.
Features and usability:
Space is a fully featured platform that is necessarily complex and has various add-on components. To become proficient requires training and it is suited to engineers with good Juniper skills. It's ideal for complex, single environment networks.
OneConfig is simple and intuitively easy to use. It requires no training and can be used by engineers with no prior Juniper experience. It has a smaller feature set that focuses on providing the common day-to-day functions a network administrator is required to perform.
operations, training and Maintenance
To run Space you need to host it somewhere. If you purchase the appliance then you will need to rack mount it in a datacentre. Alternatively, you can use the VM option and host it on virtual servers. In addition to on-going costs for hardware, power, VM licenses and datacentre rent, you'll also have to account for time for training, installation, maintenance and regular updates to the Space platform.
OneConfig on the other hand is software as a service. There are no hardware or VM costs, no maintenance or patching, and no datacentre power or rent costs. You simply use the platform and OneConfig takes care of the rest. In addition, if you understand basic networking terms you can start using it right away, no training required.
flexibility and multi-tenancy
Space is typically installed in a private network so access is via a LAN, WAN or VPN connection. OneConfig is a cloud-based solution and is accessed using a secure browser connection. That means OneConfig can be used from anywhere there is an Internet connection - you can manage your network from your desk or from the other side of the world.
OneConfig is a multi-tenancy platform. You can separate and manage multiple environments (or customers) from a single interface. You can also setup administrators, users and read only users, either within one environment or across all.
What to choose?
When it comes to selecting the right management platform for your Juniper environment, there is no right or wrong answer - it depends on your specific needs. However, you may want to ask yourself a few simple questions first:
- Do I have power, rack-space, VM licenses available?
- Do I have skilled engineers to install, maintain, upgrade and operate a Space solution?
- Do I need a management tool with hundreds and hundreds of features?
- Do I have skilled Juniper engineers available to use the tool?
If you answered 'no' to one or more of these questions, OneConfig may be the solution that's best for you. Take a look at our case studies for examples of how OneConfig has helped other Juniper customers.
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