For what it's worth, there are some basic questions I'd like to have
answered about a firewall product.
How many HTTP, FTP or what-have-u-P sessions can it sustain with some
reasonable level of throughput?
Even assuming that it does failsafe, at what point does it do so?
If it doesn't failsafe, what does happen?
What are the warning signs of impending failure or resource exhaustion?
What parameters should we watch for signs of capacity exhaustion?
When do individual components, such as logging subsystems reach
capacity? What happens then: do they fail, do they throttle response ...?
There are others, but these are just the ones that come to mind. The
response and failure under load information are particularly relevant to
a site like this, where we have to sustain litterally thousands of
WWW/FTP/GOPHER sessions at once.
There is useful knowlege to be gained here --- IFF less time is spent
arguing and more time spent testing, measuring, and publishing!
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inside of a dog, it's too dark to read." -- Groucho Marx