[pfSense] pf versus Juniper
athompso at athompso.net
Tue Apr 24 01:05:11 EDT 2012
You can't really compare them directly. Sure, on paper there are a lot of common points, but the approach is so radically different, a comparison point-by-point would merely be misleading.
If I had to draw analogies, I'd say pfSense is roughly as capable as a bare J2320 on equivalent hardware (Celeron 2.0GHz, 1GB RAM).
As soon as you move up the product family, you have to take into account the ASICs in any commercial networking device, which pfSense lacks.
So in terms of scalability, any software-only solution will always fall short compared to h/w accelerated gear.
Functionality-wise, pfSense probably has the edge. On the other hand, you can do almost anything if you buy the Juniper SDK.
This is kind of like comparing a hovercraft to a helicopter - they can both be armed, military organizations use both of them, they both have engines and fans... And they get used for different things.
Mehma Sarja <mehmasarja at gmail.com> wrote:
>I don't mean to start a comparison war here. However, we are a *BSD shop
>looking to offer security services. The support part of the company has
>lots of FreeBSD experience and not surprisingly, Juniper firewalls.
>My question is how similar and different are the two as far as features
>and performance goes? Any experiences?
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