Good news: you can now purchase time on Junosphere using a credit card. Junosphere is a virtual environment that enables the creation and operation of elements and networks using the Juniper Networks Junos operating system. With Junosphere you perform network design, test and training exercises in a risk free virtual environment that is dramatically more cost-efficient, scalable and flexible than physical labs.
Please allow 1 – 2 weeks to process the order, and the steps are as follows:
You place an order via Learning Portal and immediately receive a receipt confirming payment.
After your order has been processed, you will receive another email with your authorization codes to activate your Junosphere account.
You take these authorization codes and register at Juniper’s customer service site using instructions provided with your authorization codes. This step is required because Junosphere is a fully-supported product and this activates JTAC support for your Junosphere time.
Once you have registered, you will receive an email with your Junosphere account credentials – now you can log in and start using Junosphere!
We are always working on improvements and appreciate your feedback, so please post your comments here.
What is Junosphere anyway?
Junosphere is a virtual environment that enables the creation and operation of elements and networks using the Juniper Networks Junos operating system. With Junosphere you perform network design, test and training exercises in a risk free virtual environment that is dramatically more cost-efficient, scalable and flexible than physical labs.
Why would I use Junosphere? Junosphere can be an alternative to using physical networking labs for network planning, education, design and training. We think it will be a great product for people studying for their JNCIE, for example.
It depends how you plan to use it: Junosphere Classroom provides more simple topologies to get you up and running quickly, and allows you to build networks with Junos only. It is great for people learning Junos or networking in general. Junosphere Lab provides more partner images that create a more complete lab experience. Lab is the way to go if you are looking to replicate your complex production network in Junosphere.
Does it really take 1 – 2 weeks?
Yes. Some orders could be processed quicker but please plan for 1 – 2 weeks.
Why does it take so long?
There are several reasons, but essentially it boils down to some tasks in order management, product registration and account set up that are not yet automated. Please keep in mind Junosphere is an alternative to acquiring physical routers for testing, training and design – compared to the time it would take to acquire 10 routers, for example, this is very much faster—and more cost-effective. Also once you are up and running with Junosphere, you can build and change networks a lot quicker because there is no racking, stacking and cabling.
Are you working to speed it up?
Yes, please remember we heard the feedback about credit cards and have now implemented that capability. Again it’s important to remember that Junosphere is the industry’s only virtual environment where you can create and run networks with a real, commercial network OS – a few months ago, such a product didn’t exist at all!
I ordered my Junosphere, now what?
Please refer to the steps posted above.
How do I learn how to use Junosphere?
Please refer to the techpubs documentation. At this URL, there are several quick start guides that tell you how to get started.
My Junosphere account is not working, who do I contact?
What is the concept of a VM day and how are they consumed? Do I have to use them all at once?
A VM day is a virtual machine day and allows you run one VM for a period of 24 hours. When you purchase 10 VM days, you can schedule them as you like: for example, you can use 10 routers in one 24 hour period, or use 2 routers every Wednesday for the next 5 weeks. The only limitation is you must use the time within a year of activating your account.
Do I need an SE?
No. If you are a Juniper customer, your SE can certainly help, but there is no requirement to have one.
* For those who purchased recently, the order management system is attaching an outdated process document that incorrectly states you need Juniper Systems Engineer. You do not need an SE involved to access Junosphere. We apologize for the confusion and are working to correct the issue.
Douglas Richard Hanks Jr. is a Director of Product Management with Juniper Networks and focuses on solution architecture. He is certified with Juniper Networks as JNCIE-ENT #213 and JNCIE-SP #875.
Douglas’ interests are network engineering and architecture for enterprise and service provider technologies. He is the author of the Juniper MX Series book by O'Reilly Media and several Day One books published by Juniper Networks Books. Douglas is also the co-founder of the Bay Area Juniper Users Group (BAJUG).
Douglas can be reached on Twitter @douglashanksjr.
Lisa Lorenzin is a Principal Solutions Architect with Juniper Networks, specializing in security and mobility solutions, and a contributing member of Trusted Network Connect, a work group of the Trusted Computing Group that defines an open architecture and standards for endpoint integrity and network security. She has worked in a variety of Internet-related roles since 1994, with more than a decade of that focused on network and information security, and is currently concentrating on enterprise security including network segmentation, end-to-end identity-based access control, and integration of mobile security.