Juniper Netscreen vs Open Source?
I've been evaluating a Juniper NetScreen SSG-20 for a few weeks now.
I'm happy with the device but am a little concerned about the ongoing costs of ownership. I don't mind paying but I want to get value for that payment.
For example, any and all additional services such as spam, virus, security auditing, everything, has an additional yearly maintenance cost.
On the other hand, there are so many well developed, very mature firewall products out there which are open source, which include many of these features, at less of a yearly cost. It simply sounds better to put my money into an open source project, supporting it through a support contract any time I can.
What are your thoughts on this? And, if you are using or have used an SSG, do you know of an open source solution which walks and talks just like the ScreenOS? I ask this because I am trying this after now moving away from Watchguard so would want the learning curve to be as little as possible considering the trouble we went through in converting for this trial.
Thanks for any help you can offer.