As the founder of Free CCNA Workbook I would get tons of request as to when I would start website to provide the same type of educational content for Juniper Networks. Of course I would always brush it off and say soon but never had a real date set in mind until recently. As of Late 2012 I decided to pull the trigger on developing the Junos Workbook. After consideration and discussing the idea with a few friends who at the time wanted to help me fund the site’s development I decided that now is as good of a time as any.
My vision was to develop a website to provide Junos training labs to engineers already familiar with Cisco IOS to bridge the gap between engineers certified in Cisco to those who wanted to learn Juniper Networks to diversity their skill-set and put a cool new technology onto their resume’s.
I personally have worked with Juniper at several companies and found that it is a competitive alternative to businesses looking to cut capital expenditures when it came to infrastructure cost. Juniper has been a serious thorn in the backside of Cisco and with good reason, they have a great product with a proven track record. Juniper has more market share when it comes to Core network devices in service providers then any other vendor however their enterprise market share significantly lower then Cisco.
I feel that this is due to lack of engineering talent which ultimately comes from lack of educational content. It is a mathematical fact that those who know your product inside and out will be more likely to recommend it to management for purchase. Who in their right mind would recommend purchasing network equipment that they have never used nor configured for a network infrastructure that they are responsible for maintaining? This kind of approach has a high risk of getting you fired if you cannot deliver on your promises.
With all that being said, I’m excited to give back to the community more educational content to help engineers diversity their skills. I personally have enjoyed working with Juniper throughout the years and I’m sure anyone else who is Cisco certified will enjoy it as well once they are exposed to the wonderful world of Juniper Networks.