In some mail from Todd Hooper, sie said:
> With regards to the very interesting review of different firewalls
> in the Nov 95 issue of Data Communications which Ken Stephens
> kindly pointed out.
> The URL is http://www.data.com/Lab_Tests/Firewalls.html if you
> missed it
Having read the test methodology, it isn't impressive to see that they
have effectively ignored better suggestions made on the firewall-standards
list. Amongst the list of things tested, I'm surprised to see e-mail not
listed, along with news.
Assuming that the testing was done on an isolated network, there are some
factors which they obviously couldn't include, such as DNS, which do play
a big part in life on the Internet.
I'm somewhat surprised that they used a PC for the end-points of their
testing: they mention that Network-1 (DOS based) performs somewhat
slowly - I assume this would be the same hardware that their Pentium
boxes were fitted with.
Also, I'd like to encourage the vendor(s) at the NS'95 Firewall "beatup"
who mentioned that they thought the Internet was a good medium for working
with people to make some effort to setup a forum which invites people on
the 'net to contribute to what they think is a reasonable benchmark -
incidently, a lot like the firewall-standards list was for (?) :-)