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Date: Wednesday, 14-Aug-96 09:58 AM
From: Mike Jones \ Internet: (jonesmd @
To: 'Firewalls @
COM' \ Internet: (firewalls @
To: jfulmer @
com \ Internet: (jfulmer @
Subject: Re: NT Firewalling
John Fulmer writes...
> > Date: Tue, 13 Aug 1996 14:55:01 -0300
> > From: "Fernando da Silveira Montenegro" <silveira @
> > Subject: Re: NT Firewalling
> > While NT expertise is a must-have, another factor I'd add to using NT
> > over UNIX is product availability for a given platform. For instance,
> > if you're not using a RISC workstation, if have VERY limited options
> > as to different products. Given the current market pressure, if you
> > want to firewall (perhaps we should create a new verb, "to firewall")
> > using an Intel PC, your best bet will probably be NT.
> Not necessarily. I can think of at least four very good firewalls based
> on Intel platforms (Borderware, Sidewinder, TIS Gauntlet, V-One), and
> more that
> are planned (Cyberguard ?), that are based on some variant of BSDI UNIX.
Plus you can make a perfectly good firewall with Solaris x86 and FW-1. I
have a customer who's running that configuration on a Gateway Pentium box.
I will say that he's had more hardware problems than any dozen SPARC
customers I can think of. But hey, PC parts are cheap, right? And who
really counts time the engineers spend figuring out what went wrong and
swapping parts? And doesn't everybody have spare Ethernet cards on the
It's the old adage "you get what you pay for". If your penny wise and
pound foolish you'll never learn. Invest
in some decent X86 Pentium h/w and you can't go wrong. I've been building
firewalls for almost 3 years with
insignificant fall out.
Pause a moment and ponder this about the sedan; a six-footer can lay
flat inside the trunk of this car....
- Car and Driver preview of the 1992 Buick Roadmaster
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