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Critical Capabilities for Network Firewalls

Published: 17 January 2022


Network firewalls are key network security controls, and they are evolving to cover expanded use cases, such as the public cloud, firewall as a service and distributed edge security. SRM leaders must evaluate network firewall capabilities against the most relevant use cases for their organizations.

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Key Findings
  • Firewall vendors are expanding their product offerings, but these new offerings are rarely tightly integrated with their platforms. New products often require multiple management consoles and multiple agents, and sometimes lack deep integrations between components.

  • With the shift toward working from home, firewall vendors offering cloud-based security services with strong cloud security strategies are becoming more desirable to buyers.

  • Cloud-first enterprises prefer firewall vendors that support the integrated management of cloud-native firewalls.

  • With the shift toward a hybrid workforce, end users are finding less value in on-premises firewalls, and are instead seeking hybrid cloud security from their existing vendors.


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  • Alibaba Cloud
  • Amazon Web Services
  • Barracuda
  • Cato Networks
  • Check Point Software Technologies
  • Cisco
  • Forcepoint
  • Fortinet
  • H3C
  • Hillstone Networks
  • Huawei
  • Juniper
  • Microsoft
  • Palo Alto Networks
  • Sangfor
  • SonicWall
  • Sophos
  • Versa Networks
  • WatchGuard
  • Central Management and Reporting
  • Scalability
  • Ease of Use
  • Advanced Networking
  • Application Control
  • FWaaS
  • Intrusion Prevention and ATD
  • Public Cloud Support
  • Pricing
  • Enterprise Data Center
  • Enterprise Edge
  • Distributed Enterprise
  • Public Cloud
  • SMB


Adam Hils Rajpreet Kaur

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