I had the opportunity to attend the Juniper Sales Engineering Summit last week. During that event I was able to pick up some news that I can share. Most was NDA but I can at least share the name of the "NEWCO" - it is Pulse Secure and the current website (which says nothing) is pulsesecure.net One comment that I feel ok about making in a public forum is that for users of the Pulse product I think that the long term impact will be nothing but positive. As a reseller of Pulse I am excited about the future. As a Juniper reseller I stand by my earlier post and I am sad and see nothing good when it comes to my Juniper business. One of my SE's was also at the Summit and talked with someone from the Pulse team. He posted in a private forum but I am cutting and pasting his comments below: <<<<<<<<< I had the chance to talk to a member of the Pulse team on Twitter the other day. It was quite shocking to hear their perspective on the whole thing. Apparently the Pulse team is VERY happy now, since they no longer have the weight of a huge networking company (who was not interested in the product) to have to deal with. Much more freedom, much less red tape. No more depenancies on other teams within Juniper. He basically said it felt like a startup but with a shipping product and tens of thousands of customers. He was very excited, saying they "were finally FREE!" Honestly from the sounds of it we may actually be better off on this, because from the way he was explaining things I think we're going to see a lot more (and a lot quicker) effort invested into the product, regardless of who owns it. >>>>>>>>> Cut from a post by Chris Jones from the Juniper Ambassador team So, if you a Pulse user (I say this as a user and a reseller) then I think that this will be a good move in the long run. I think the product, support and sales effort will improve. My understanding also is that the main reasson that SSL was never developed for the SRX was due to the fact that it would cut into SSL-VPN sales. So, maybe Juniper will now reconsider and at least put it on the road map for a delivery some year down the road (hope springs eternal).
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