General

Juniper Networks is a USA-based company that develops and markets routers, switches, network security products, and network management software. At the core of Juniper’s business, networking and secure network connections play an important role. Therefore, the company’s focus is on VPN (Virtual Private Network) solutions, such as Juniper Secure Connect. The latter is Juniper’s client-based SSL-VPN solution providing secure connection to an organization’s resources and protecting the network from security threats.

OpenLM monitors VPN connections on Juniper gateway products

When an organization purchases any of the SRX Series Services Gateway products, such as SRX1500, SRX4200, SRX4600, or virtual firewall products such as vSRX Virtual Firewall or cSRX Container Firewall, they also enable secure remote access to the organization’s network to authorized users. These users are provided with a valid concurrent Juniper license.

 

The SRX1500 Services Gateway from Juniper Networks. Image courtesy of Juniper Networks.

 

The number of supported concurrent licenses depends on the hardware the organization chooses and ranges from 25, as supported by the SRX300, up to 5,000 remote users accessing the network (managed by the SRX4100, SRX4200, SRX4600, SRX5400, SRX5600, and SRX5800 gateways).

OpenLM already supports more than 60 license managers, including but not limited to FLEXlm, IBM LUM, DSLS, etc., and now Juniper as well. Monitoring VPN connections is a new market segment OpenLM is stepping into. The ability to monitor and report VPN usage demonstrates once again that OpenLM is a versatile solution that can be adapted to any new environment. Considering that at the core of Juniper’s service provided by the aforementioned SRX series hardware are network licenses, we are proud that we can monitor these licenses and deliver the accurate reports that are the trademark of OpenLM.

What data do you get from OpenLM?

Just as in the case of any network license pool, Juniper customers purchase a number of concurrent licenses, along with the SRX series device. OpenLM will know how many licenses the organization has and monitor license usage (in this case active VPN connections) in a somewhat similar way to how it does with software products. Based on the reports OpenLM delivers, system administrators are able to monitor Juniper license usage and make informed decisions when the renewal period arrives.

Why monitor a Juniper license manager with OpenLM?

Routine analysis of software licenses (in Juniper’s case, active connections) is critical when trying to comply with regulations, policies, and applicable obligations. With OpenLM, you get access to a superior monitoring service that provides accurate reporting on usage at any moment. This brings several benefits to the organization on multiple levels:

  • Security. You can easily identify security risks such as unauthorized access to the network and, as a result, protect the organization’s sensitive data.
  • Reduce extra cost. Reports about the actual license usage will give you a clear view of how many licenses you need enable you to avoid overshooting when negotiating a new licensing pool.
  • Compliance. With the OpenLM system, administrators gain complete control over and visibility of all their licenses, and eliminate the risk of non-compliance, misreporting, and additional costs due to licensing overages.

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