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March 2008

Product review: Palo Alto Networks PA-4050

NETWORK FIREWALL PA-4050 REVIEWED BY PHORAM MEHTA  Palo Alto Networks Price: $60,000 Firewall vendors have tried to keep up with the ever changing Internet-landscape, adding functionality to the core firewall engine that enables enterprises to obtain intelligence on network traffic beyond the IP address and ports used. But, no firewall has been able to achieve all that without the help of other tools and technologies,from packet sniffers to IDS/IPS to proxy servers. Palo Alto Networks, founded by world-renowned firewall authority Nir Zuk, just might have found the answer in the PA-4050 appliance, running a hardened Linux OS and powered by Intel Xeon processors to deliver up to 10 Gbps of firewall throughput. Unlike traditional firewalls that identify applications only by protocol and port number, Palo Alto's next-generation firewall uses packet inspection and a library of application signatures to distinguish between applications that use same protocols and ports, and to identify potentially malicious apps that use nonstandard ...

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