Palo Alto Delivers Fast Firewall

The new PA-5060 considered a capable performer.

 By Enterprise Networking Planet Staff | Posted Aug 25, 2011
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Palo Alto's new firewall delivered performance 10 times faster than when ComputerWorld tested the product line in 2008. According to the review, forwarding rate tests clearly show that the PA-5060, which can be equipped with up to four 10-Gbit/s interfaces, runs at least 10 times faster than earlier Palo Alto models.

"Of course, there is always a tradeoff between security and performance. In the case of Palo Alto's PA-5060, it all depends on what features you turn on and off.

"Palo Alto has shaken up the firewall market with its "application aware" feature, and we found that this next-generation capability carries no performance penalty. The PA-5060 does application-layer inspection by default.

"On the other hand - and this is a pretty big caveat - UTM rates were nowhere near the device's stated 20Gbps limit. Performance was far lower with any UTM feature enabled than when the PA-5060 operated in firewall-only mode."

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