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Gold Award:

Juniper Networks SSG, ISG appliances

Juniper Networks SSG, ISG appliances


Juniper Networks' Secure Services Gateway (SSG) and Integrated Security Gateway (ISG) appliances won gold in the network firewall category on the strength of solid centralized management capabilities and ease of installation, configuration and administration.

The SSG appliances suit small and medium-sized companies, to large enterprises with many branch offices. The GigaScreen3 ASIC module is the cornerstone of the ISG architecture and does packet parsing, classification and session-level processing for established sessions. Juniper says its ISG 1000 and 2000 are ideally suited for securing enterprise, carrier and data center environments where advanced applications such as VoIP and streaming media dictate consistent, scalable performance.

Readers say they got their money's worth from these products, starting with the ease of installation, configuration and administration. From there readers gave high marks to the technologies' centralized management capabilities, ability to block intrusions, attacks and unauthorized network traffic; vendor service and support; and compatibility with other network security tools.

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