[Chugalug] OT: Favorite Enterprise Firewalls?

Jason Brown lists at masterforge.com
Wed Apr 17 14:10:17 UTC 2013

I have to plug pfSense. ("Enterprise" is a bullshit buzzword to me).

I have never understood the 24/7 parts replacement / repair requirement 
that IT departments insist on. It is MUCH easier to just have hot 
redundant hardware than to continually pay for that kind of support.

No matter how good your support contract, hardware WILL fail, expect it 
and make failover seamless. It saves me a lot of headache. 4 Hours is 
way more downtime than I am comfortable with. 4 minutes is way too long 
for me.  4 seconds I can deal with.

For those people that want it, pfSense also provides the 24/7 support at 
a reasonable price. I have not used it personally. 


On 04/17/2013 09:36 AM, Bret McHone wrote:
> We're migrating to a new internet pipe so we'll be making a log of 
> changes. I see this as a great opportunity to re-architect our 
> firewall deployment and was wondering what everyone's favorite 
> enterprise grade firewall vendor is?
> When I say enterprise I mean the ability to have 24/7 4 hour 
> parts/maintenance and high level phone support. I personally prefer 
> companies with call centers based in the U.S. and not Inida, but I 
> know that's not always an option to get the vendor I want.
> We've been using a couple Cisco ASAs which are pretty old so I figure 
> we'll end up replacing them with either a newer model of the same 
> thing or perhaps go another route.
> I've heard good things about Sonicwall and Palo Alto firewalls, though 
> I haven't had much experience with them..
> What's your opinions?
> Thanks,
> Bret
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