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Juniper Networks - Upgrade or Replace Juniper SSG Firewalls

Juniper Networks SSG EOL

Yes, it’s true, we’re seeing the end of the line for Juniper SSG firewalls. ScreenOS was simple, effective, quick to boot and responsive (providing you could get your browser to work with it…). That era is over and now it’s time to look into next generation firewall replacements. See below for our recommendations of replacement Juniper SRX firewalls.

Please note though that this is a different firewall than before… There is the need at times to use the command line and there is a learning curve. If you’re already using Junos to manage Juniper switches and Juniper routers, you’ll be at home. However, if you barely ever touched the firewall and you’re a 100% GUI kind of person, please contact us on the bottom on the page for alternatives.

Select the type of Juniper SSG Firewall you currently own:
Enter the name for this tabbed section: SSG5 / SSG20
Consider the SRX100, SRX110, SRX220 and SRX240. The SRX220 is the best upgrade with Gigabit ports.
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Enter the name for this tabbed section: SSG140 / SSG320M
Consider the SRX240 with additional gigabit ports, expansion slots and good firewall throughput.
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Enter the name for this tabbed section: SSG350M / SSG520M / SSG550M
Consider the SRX650 with 4 Gigabit ports, 7 Gbps of firewall throughput and IPS performance of 1 Gps.
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Juniper SSG Alternatives

Lets be realistic, it’s time to replace the Juniper Networks SSG firewall, so it’s time to change. It has been about a decade, so it’s a good time to revisit the alternatives.

We offer several firewall alternatives including:
- Juniper Networks SRX firewalls
- Fortinet Fortigate firewalls
- Palo Alto Networks PA firewalls
- Barracuda Networks firewalls

We offer professional services to help you convert from SSG to the top three above.

All of the above claim to be next generation firewalls. In general, to be a next generation firewall it needs to be:
- Faster than traditional stateful firewalls including UTM firewalls like the Juniper SSG
- Able to view and control traffic by application and not just ports
- Able to view and control traffic by users and not just static IP addresses

Lets highlight below some of the above alternatives.

Juniper SSG Next Generation Firewall Alternatives

Reasons to pick Juniper Networks SRX:
- You already know/like Juniper support
- You have other Juniper equipment (switches and routers) that are Junos based
- You need a big jump in performance now (but you did say you had SSG…)

- You will need to use/learn CLI commands
- It is very different coming from SSG, it will be a tough transition

See the Juniper Networks SRX product line
Got a question? Contact Us at Altaware, Inc.
Reasons to pick Fortinet:
- You want another easy to use GUI
- You have a smaller SSG model and want to be budget conscious
- You like a great all in one UTM solution bundle pricing choice
- You’d like more performance at a great price
- You might want other options like: wireless APs, PoE ports
- You’d like a broad product line with many choices
- You have a lower end SSG (SSG5 or SSG20), you want a GUI and you don’t want to overspend
- You eventually see the need for multiple entry models and datacenter models
- You’d like to get some Email spam control features

See the Fortinet FortiGate product line
Got a question? Contact Us at Altaware, Inc.
Reasons to pick Palo Alto Networks:
- You’ve seen it, you love it…
- You’re willing to pay a bit more and join the club
- You want to go to the one that started the whole NextGen firewall craze
- You’re a Nir Zuk fan from the old Netscreen days
- Your needs fit will into either the PA200 or PA500

- If all you need is a SSG5 or SSG20, consider the price point of a Fortinet
- If you were using SSG SPAM features, considers one of the other two instead

See the Palo Alto Networks PA firewall product line
Got a question? Contact Us at Altaware, Inc.
Got a question? Contact Us at Altaware, Inc.
Juniper Networks | Upgrade SSG to SRX