Midrange firewalls face off

Friday, 3 September 2004, 1:52 PM EST

Choosing the right firewall involves weighing a variety of factors. Naturally, you'll want a box that's easy to set up and configure; that complements your antivirus, antispam, and other perimeter security solutions; and that comes at the right price. But even if you meet these needs, your firewall will do you no good unless it can handle your network's highest traffic levels and, at the same time, thwart external attacks.

I recently invited vendors of midrange firewall appliances — products that support between 100,000 and 200,000 concurrent connections and between 1,000 and 2,000 VPN tunnels — to a performance test at Spirent Communications' labs in Calabasas, California. In addition to sizing up setup requirements and feature sets, I used Spirent's test equipment to measure the performance and security capabilities of three entries: ServGate Technologies' EdgeForce Accel, SonicWall's Pro 3060, and Stonesoft's StoneGate SG-500.

By Alyson Behr at Computerworld.

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