Best Firewalls for the Enterprise

    Date19 Jun 2003
    CategoryFirewalls
    5713
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    How important is a firewall's throughput? According to Check Point Technologies' Mark Kraynak, price performance -- the amount of throughput an enterprise gets versus the dollars it spends -- is more important than top-end throughput.. . . How important is a firewall's throughput? According to Check Point Technologies' Mark Kraynak, price performance -- the amount of throughput an enterprise gets versus the dollars it spends -- is more important than top-end throughput.

    The enterprise firewall market is a study in contradictions. Translation: The market is in such a state of flux that enterprises facing a buying decision have some tough choices to make and might be better off waiting until the smoke clears. But few enterprises have that luxury.

    Why the changes? Over the last few years, the leading firewall vendors in the space have focused their attention on protecting the packet layer of networks. But today, the biggest threat to networks is at the application layer, so these vendors are having to switch gears and rework their products to suit customer needs. At the same time, there are vendors that -- while claiming just a small share of the market -- have been offering application-level protection all along.
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