I don't have the original email thread -- I'm working from a hard copy.
To clarify the PIX Firewall, it is not a packet filter. It is a dedicated
security device, built with one purpose in mind -- securing the private LAN
to the Internet.
We are in fact directly in competition with Checkpoint, Raptor, TIS, etc.
The "cut-through proxy" feature provides a significant performance
enhancement to the security function since users are authenticated at the
application layer. Once authenticated, the process flow shifts back to the
network layer which provides the high performance.
The product itself is NCSA certified, and SRI has done a security audit on
the PIX Firewall (see http://www.cisco.com/pix)
I hope this clarifies things for you.
Don Chin 170 West Tasman Drive Email: dochin @
Product Marketing Manager San Jose, CA 95134-1706
Internet Business Unit Direct (408) 527-8116
Cisco Systems Corp. FAX (408) 527-8122