Show 48 – Juniper Junosphere

This week we talk to Juniper about their Junosphere emulator and make the case for why the current version is very good but not suited for the Enterprise market ( because its actually too good ) and question why they are charging a customer for the hosted service. junosphere, unlike other emulators, is a fully detailed and accurate version that supports as many features as possible – it’s the ‘real deal’ not a cut down version.

In return, Greg makes the case that the Enterprise does not need the features they are discussing or offering. The software needs to be available on a desktop, it needs to be free and freely available. If Juniper wants to get “into” the Enterprise, then give customers the software tools to prevent the “we don’t do Junos” objection. Should Juniper should be looking at this as a growth opportunity and not as a profit opportunity ?

Hosts / Guests

Ashwin Kovummal, Product Manager for Junosphere, Juniper.

Dan Backman, JNCIE-ER #6 / JNCIE-MT #265 / JNCI, Solutions Architect / Product Marketing.


– What is Junosphere exactly?

– Where did it come from?

– What does it do / what problems is it intended to solve?

– What does Juniper think is unique about Junosphere?

– How do we expect people to use it?

– What users/environments is it targeted towards?

– What about Virtual Junos?

– VJX Series is a separate product that runs a virtual Junos image within Junosphere

Are there plans to offer a standalone version of Junosphere for proof of concept or change control testing?

Are there plans to offer Junosphere packages in less than 24 hour increments?


Handling hardware specific configuration e.g. QoS

How to buy / purchase order / pay ? Why should we pay, haven’t we paid enough already ?


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