Juniper recently announced the General Availability of Firefly Perimeter (also known as JunosV Firefly), a virtual firewall based on the Juniper's SRX Services Gateway code. Firefly Perimeter runs as a virtual machine and delivers similar networking and security features as the branch SRXes, such as Routing, NAT and VPN. It allows you to secure business applications and services in private and public cloud environments. As of version 12.1X46, it support two hypervisors, namely VMware ESXi and Linux KVM. Each instances of the virtual appliance can support up to ten Gigabit Ethernet vNICs. As I already had an OpenStack lab up and running, I decided to give Firefly Perimeter a try.
This week was mostly dedicated to deploy a two-nodes OpenStack testing environment. I wanted to evaluate this famous cloud platform so many people are talking about. My first impressions were quite positive, unfortunately I am relatively disappointed with the network part of the IaaS platform due to a large number of open issues.