Juniper Introduces Firefly Security Suite
January 17th, 2014 By: John Rath
Juniper Networks (JNPR) unveiled Firefly Suite, a virtualized security portfolio that provides granular, dynamic and secure connectivity for the private and public cloud. The suite introduces Firefly Perimeter, a virtual version of the Juniper Networks SRX Series Services Gateway, as well as Junos Space Virtual Director, an application that automates the management and deployment of Firefly Perimeter.
“IT leaders have been seeking innovative solutions to secure both the infrastructure and data that can keep up with the rigorous demands of their business and leverage the cloud in a smart and evolutionary way,” said Michael Callahan, vice president global product marketing, Security Business Unit at Juniper Networks. ”Juniper’s Firefly Suite allows companies to attach, create and manage security policy across physical and virtual firewalls with a high level of flexibility supporting error-free, fast scale out deployment for the most demanding environments. We provide complete protection for the cloud and from the cloud.”
Firefly Suite can be easily embedded throughout the virtual environment including the hypervisor itself or as VMs connected to the various virtual networks, this allows admins to provide tailored security, automation and control. This approach accelerates service rollout and increases application agility with granular protection that is highly scalable. The three main components of Firefly include: Perimeter – a software-based version of the Juniper SRX Series Services Gateway; Junos Space Virtual Director – a new application with full lifecycle management of Firefly perimeter VMs; and Firefly Host – a purpose-built firewall for virtualization designed to protect intra-VM traffic.
“With Juniper’s Firefly Security Suite, we can rapidly onboard new tenants by provisioning virtual firewalls instead of the typical 30-60 days onboard cycle for dedicated physical hardware,” said Brian Gubish, Product Development Architect, Expedient. ”We can now move from the design limitations of a monolithic architecture to diversified firewall implementation despite the shared public cloud environment. We are able to offer rapid disaster recovery, personalized log information and more importantly a portal to our customers for self-service management.”