I pulled down Microsoft's page on Catapult. I urge you all to
do so and give it a read. From where I sit, it looks like the firewall
market has reached its next level, with this announcement.
The brief on Microsoft's page is completely content-free.
Several times, Catapult is recommended as the solution because
it's secure. Nothing about why it's secure or how it's secure.
Don't bother your head with that stuff! It's SECURE, OK?
...Or at least as secure as a beta product that only
runs on a beta version of NT can be.
In fairness to Microsoft, it may be pretty good stuff.
But we can't tell from what they say. Which is why I feel it
marks a milestone in the firewall market. The Big Boys Are Here
now and it's SECURE, it's OK. That argument worked for Netscape,
for a while.
Those of us who've been with this firewall thing for
a while have seen the market get muddied before, and eventually
things calm down again. It'll be fascinating to see what
happens if Microsoft decides to put even a teeny bit of their
marketing muscle behind Catapult. I guess it means that, as
a technology, firewalls have "arrived."