Juniper SRX Models Comparison: 5400 vs 5600 vs 5800
If you are in the market for high-performance Juniper SRX firewall equipment, this Juniper SRX models comparison will help you figure out which gateway model — between the SRX5400, the SRX5600 and the SRX5800 — will best fit your needs. The pre-owned Juniper SRX Series provides security for any size network for enterprises, service providers and data centers. The SRX Series also offers superior switching and routing capability, reducing the number of switches and routers you’ll need in order to operate.
Similarities Between SRX5400, SRX5600 and SRX5800 Gateways
The Juniper Networks SRX5000 gateway lineup includes three high-performance security models: the Juniper SRX5400, the SRX5600 and the SRX5800. Compared with the rest of the SRX Series, it’s clear these gateways are designed for high-intensity service providers and data center applications.
The SRX Series services gateways all feature a modular chassis, allowing for complete customization with various types of line cards. You can customize the configuration primarily using Switch Control Boards (SCBs), Services Processing Cards (SPCs), I/O cards (IOCs) and Flex IOCs.
The Juniper SRX firewall provides a flexible option that makes scaling your network easy. With a wide range of compatible line cards — which we’ll get into later — you can replace your current line cards with higher-performing ones to avoid replacing the whole chassis.
And when you briefly scan the specifications, it can look like these three models are essentially the same. But our Juniper SRX models comparison breaks down the biggest differences between them.
Take the number of line card slots, for example. The larger the device is, the more slots it contains. In addition, not every Juniper SRX supports the same types of cards. And on top of that, not all line cards are compatible with one another. As you’ll see, there’s a lot of factors to consider with these devices.
Juniper SRX5400 vs SRX5600 vs SRX5800 Specifications </h2?
The biggest factor to consider when comparing SRX5400 vs SRX5600 vs SRX5800 devices is size, as that determines the number of line card slots that are available on each device. The smallest of these three is the Juniper SRX5400, at 5 rack units (RU) with the largest being the SRX5800 at 16 RU.
As we dive deeper into the Juniper SRX models comparison, we put the various models side-by-side for a better evaluation. By the time you’ve finished this page, you’ll quickly be able to spot the differences between the SRX5400 vs SRX5600, the SRX5600 vs SRX5800 and the SRX5400 vs SRX5800.
Juniper SRX5400 Specifications
As the smallest of these three Juniper gateways, the Juniper SRX5400 measures 5 RU in size, which means you can fit up to 8 Juniper SRX5400 Series services gateways in one full-sized rack.
When it comes to security, the SRX5400 firewall performance is 270 Gbps with an IPS performance of 230 Gbps. This model also supports up to 90 million concurrent sessions with 1.75 million new sessions.
The Juniper SRX5400, supports the following SCBs:
Note, however, that the Juniper SRX5400 does not support all I/O cards, specifically Flex IOCs, so if you know you’ll need to use Flex IOCs, you’ll have to opt for either SRX5600 or SRX5800 gateways.
The QFX5400 does, however, support Modular Port Concentrators (MPCs), which operate similarly to Flex IOCs, as they both increase the number of available physical interface ports for connecting to a network. The difference is that MPCs support Modular Interface Card (MIC) slots, whereas Flex IOCs support port modules, instead. The Juniper SRX5400 supports the following MPCs:
And as for the supported SPCs and IOCs, the SRX5400 supports the SRX5K-SPC-4-15-320 and SRX5K-SPC3 Services Processing Cards and the SRX5K-IOC4-10G and SRX5K-IOC4-MRAT Input Output Cards.
If you’re interested in buying Juniper SRX5400 gateways, head to the SRX5400 product page today.
Juniper SRX5600 Specifications
The Juniper SRX5600 gateway is 8 RU in size, which means you can fit up to five in a rack. The security specifications on this device take a big step forward, compared with the SRX5400.
The firewall performance of the Juniper SRX5600 Series services gateways is rated at 480 Gbps, with an IPS performance of 460 Gbps, plus a VPN performance of 120 Gbps. This Juniper gateway supports 182 million concurrent sessions and up to 3.5 million new sessions.
The Juniper SRX5600, supports the following SCBs:
It also supports the following SPCs:
And it supports the following IOCs and Flex IOCs:
The SRX5600 also supports the same MPCs that are supported on the SRX5400.
If you’re interested in buying Juniper SRX5600 gateways, head to the SRX5600 product page today.
Juniper SRX5800 Specifications
The Juniper SRX5800 gateway is the largest of the three at 16 RU in size. You can fit only two in one rack.
Juniper SRX5800 Series services gateways offer maximum security. The firewall performance is rated at 1 Tbps, with IPS performance at 860 Gbps and VPN performance at 230 Gbps. This Juniper gateway supports up to 338 million concurrent sessions with 7.5 million new sessions.
The Juniper SRX5800 supports the following SCBs:
It also supports the following SPCs:
And it supports the following IOCs and Flex IOCs:
The SRX5800 also supports the same MPCs that are supported on the SRX5400 and SRX5600.
If you’re interested in buying Juniper SRX5800 gateways, head to the SRX5800 product page today.
Line Card Specifications
If it’s not clear already, each Juniper SRX modular chassis is compatible with a wide variety of line cards. However, the number of line cards supported on each SRX chassis varies significantly. And if you’re in the market to buy SRX devices, it’s extremely important you choose a chassis that will suit your needs.
As can be expected, the smaller of the three, the SRX5400, has the fewest number of line card slots, while the largest, the SRX5800, has the most. Below is a more specific breakdown of the number of slots:
- The SRX5400 has four total line card slots, but one is a dedicated SCB slot
- The SRX5600 has eight line card slots, but two of them are dedicated for SCBs
- The SRX5800 has 14 line card slots, but two of them are dedicated for SCBs
Regardless of which devices you use, you must fill all of the line card slots. If you don’t need every slot or don’t have enough modules available, you must install blank panels in all unused line card slots.
This ensures that any empty slots are blocked, which allows the cooled air generated by the system’s fans to properly circulate and regulate the temperature so the chassis can operate at peak performance.
Switch Control Boards (SCBs)
The SCB is responsible for chassis management, switch plane and control plane functions. It also serves as a carrier for the Routing Engine, which is why every SCB supported on the SRX series includes a routing engine slot. The Juniper SRX5400 has only one dedicated SCB slot. However, the other two Juniper SRX Series gateways, the SRX5600 and SRX5800, have two dedicated SCB slots.
The biggest difference between the SCBs supported on the SRX Series is the throughput, or maximum capacity. The SRX5K-SCB has the lowest throughput and the SRX5K-SCB4, the newest SCB, has the highest, which is why it’s only compatible with the higher-performing SRX5600 and SRX5800 chassis
Check out all the line cards we stock for SRX devices on our SRX interface cards product page.
Service Processing Cards (SPCs)
With your Juniper SRX Series gateway support a wide variety of SPCs. These line cards offer the processing power needed to run firewall, IPsec and IDP services. The SPC, or more specifically, the Services Processing Units (SPUs) inside the SPC, is responsible for applying those services.
Every Juniper SRX gateway must have at least one SPC installed, but you have the option to add more SPCs for increased processing throughput. To learn which SPCs are compatible with each SRX Series gateway, refer to the SRX5400, SRX5600 and SRX5800 specifications above.
Below are the specifications for SPCs available on SRX Series devices:
- SRX5K-SPC-2-10-40: service processing card that contains two services processing units and a processor subsystem that has a 1.2-GHz CPU and 1GB of SDRAM
- SRX5K-SPC-4-15-320: service processing card that contains four services processing units and a processor subsystem that has a 1.2-GHz CPU and 1GB of SDRAM
- SRX5K-SPC3: service processing card that contains two services processing units and a processor subsystem that has a 2.3-GHz CPU and two 128 GB solid state drives
Visit our SRX interface cards product page to see all the line cards available for SRX devices.
I/O Cards (IOCs)
I/O Cards (IOCs) are another type of line card available for SRX gateways. They provide physical network connections via Ethernet ports. Each I/O is configured with different types of Ethernet ports, which makes it easy to customize SRX Series chassis to the exact specifications you require.
Below are the specifications for the I/O cards available for SRX Series Devices:
- SRX5K-40GE-SFP: fixed-configuration IOC with 40 SFP ports that support up to 1G Ethernet
- SRX5K-4XGE-XFP: fixed-configuration IOC with four XFP ports that support up to 10G Ethernet
- SRX5K-FPC-IOC: modular IOC with slots for two port modules
- SRX5K-IOC4-10G: fixed-configuration IOC with 40 SFP+ ports that support up to 10G Ethernet
- SRX5K-IOC4-MRAT: fixed-configuration IOC with eight QSFP+ ports that support up to 40G Ethernet and four QSFP28 ports that support up to 100G Ethernet (max. throughput is 480 Gbps)
- SRX-IOC-16GE-SFP: fixed-configuration IOC with 16 SFP ports that support up to 1G Ethernet
- SRX-IOC-16GE-TX: fixed-configuration IOC with 16 RJ45 ports that support up to 1G Ethernet
- SRX-IOC-4XGE-XFP: fixed-configuration IOC with four XFP ports that support up to 10G Ethernet
You can see all the line cards we have available for SRX devices on our SRX interface cards product page.
We Buy and Sell Used Juniper SRX5400, SRX5600 and SRX5800 Gateways
Our Juniper SRX models comparison shows that all three of these gateways have plenty to offer. And determining which one is right for you all comes down to size and the number of line car slots you need.
At BrightStar Systems, we can provide in-depth specifications on any used Juniper SRX Series gateway you are considering, making it easy for you to compare the three models side-by-side. With the right information at your fingertips, it’s easy to make the right decision for your business.
Not only will we help you find the best solution for your networking needs; we’ll help you choose the right Juniper gateways based on your budget as well. We have price lists available for pre-owned chassis, line cards, including SCBs, IOCs and SPCs, as well as MICs and port modules, making it easy to calculate exactly how much you need to spend to get all the networking equipment you need.
And as an experienced and premier reseller of pre-owned Juniper networking equipment, we can help you customize a solution that meets all your business needs.
Plus, all of the hardware you buy from BrightStar systems, including the three used Juniper SRX models, are guaranteed to arrive in optimal operating condition.
When we purchase Juniper hardware, we take the time to perform comprehensive internal and external testing before it’s even added to our stock. In fact, we’re so confident in our testing process that we offer all of our customers BrightStar Systems’ 1-Year In-house warranty for superior peace of mind.
Our team of networking professionals is standing by to help you buy or sell Juniper SRX Series gateways. We can also connect you with any other Juniper switches, routers, cables and optics for your networking needs. Browse our Juniper product category page or contact us for more information.