Check Point Software Technologies has long been known as an elite firewall vendor. So has Cisco Systems. So it's surprising to see the former's firewall sales through distribution jumping significantly while the latter's dropping precipitously.
Several security solution providers chalked it up to the decline of the stand-alone firewall, which many vendors have been adding to their unified threat management solutions. The Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance has replaced the Cisco Pix as its primary firewall, and more than 90 percent of Cisco's firewall sales now come through sales of the ASA, said Tom Russell, senior director of Cisco's Security Technology Group. Check Point, a relative newcomer to the UTM market, still sells stand-alone firewalls.
In firewalls, Check Point has been improving performance and adding new features, but the biggest attraction has been in hardware, where its UTM-1 and UTM-1 Edge appliances have been gaining in popularity, said Lou Rubbo, principal at DirSec, a Centennial, Colo.-based solution provider. [READ MORE]