Distributed enterprises are undergoing a dramatic change, driven by the adoption of mobility, direct Internet access, public cloud applications, and the Internet of Things (IoT). This has resulted in an exponential increase in devices, users, bandwidth, and transactions flooding their networks through the cloud applications. At the same time, the... [Read More]
I was recently made aware of a thread on a competitors forum that asked for "honest" advice on whether they should abandon their current firewall technology and adopt FortiGate firewalls instead. The vendor "X" in question was one that I have previously held a close relationship; so I have unique insight into the relative strengths and weakness of both technologies. For reasons of not wanting my door kicked down by the lawyers of two major networking companies, I held my tongue and didn't engage in the conversation. However, this thread led me to... [Read More]
A team of British eccentrics has broken the 103-year-old record for a steam-powered car, previously standing at 127mph. The record now stands at close to 140mph, but with the super heated steam being injected into the turbine at more than twice the speed of sound, there is clearly more to the speed of the car than the speed of the steam.
The good news about all this is that it does give us an excuse to look at the speed of security devices. Picking up your favourite data sheet, you can see speeds quoted based on link speeds, up to values... [Read More]
Earlier this week, independent analyst Richard Stiennon posted a video interview he did with Michael Xie. From Stiennon's blog post:
Michael Xie is CTO of Fortinet and drives all of their development of true “Next Generation” security appliances. Hear him describe his views on speeds and feeds, routing and switching in the firewall, and cost per secure megabit.
Take a look and listen (click the picture to jump to video):