The Lazy Genius

Security News & Brain Dumps from Xavier Ashe, a Bit9 Client Partner

Multi-function boxes take off

Posted by Xavier Ashe on June 13, 2005

A recent study by IDC says it expects even more vendors to enter
this market, which is expected to boom over the next few years. In
2003, the total sales in this category were $105 million, according to
IDC, but that is expected to grow to $3.5 billion by 2008. Sales of
multi-function platforms will cut into the revenues that today go to
firewall/VPN appliances, IDC says.

This
growth is in part because these multi-function products, which in many
cases grew out of firewall technologies, are maturing and overcoming
some of the shortcomings they may have had earlier, experts say. For
instance, some suffered performance hits when all security platforms
were turned on, says Zeus Kerravala, an analyst with The Yankee Group.
“They didn't scale very well because they were a firewall, and they
added other security to it later.

Read the full article at NetworkWorld
Interesting note is that Fortinet pioneered this technology.  Their boxes have
set the standard for speed and functionality.  It has taken 5 years for
the rest of the security world to even begun to catch up to them.  They
still have better integration of features and ease of use than any others.

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