We are currently at the same decision point.
We've got a cisco which should be more than adequate for packet
filtering. One of the issues is the fact that our business is providing
information to the 'net. We must have as much security as possible, but
without sacrificing our connectivity to the point that our service is
unusable. Specifically, I don't think a firewall with a proxy HTTP server
will help us at all, I think because of the performance issues it might
actually be a loss.
I just can't see spending $20K+ for a machine that will effectively do
what the cisco we already have can do. <shrug>
In cases like this, *is* there a clearcut benefit using a firewall
machine as opposed to a router w/filtering? This is what I have to deal
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