Gartner Research

Next-Generation Firewalls and Unified Threat Management Are Distinct Products and Markets

Published: 29 January 2015

ID: G00272362

Analyst(s): Greg Young, Jeremy D'Hoinne


The enterprise firewall and unified threat management markets are different, not just two terms for the same technology. Security managers should beware of vendor claims that a single product line can address enterprise and small business needs.

Table Of Contents


  • UTM and Enterprise Firewall Are Two Distinct Markets
  • An Enterprise Product Is More Than the Sum of Its Features
  • IT and Organization Changes Drive NGFW Use
  • Antivirus and Network Traffic Inspection Don't Scale Linearly Because They Have Different Latency Requirements
  • Support and Channel Differences Increase the Gaps Between SMB and Enterprise
  • Vendors Attempt to Position Their Technology in the Other Market, With Limited Success
  • The Exception Cases Where the Markets Overlap

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