Next-Generation Firewall Vendors
Security leaders and even Gartner analysts by no means consider the research firm's Magic Quadrant the quintessential element in a business' vendor evaluation process. It may be a helpful starting point, but thorough evaluations require a firm grasp of the problem being solved, the company's priorities and wish list, solution providers tell CRN.
Every company has its own risk tolerance and cost considerations, said Skip Gould, CEO of BrightPlanIT, a Buffalo, N.Y.-based systems integrator. BrightPlanIT partners with Check Point Software Technologies and Cisco Systems, but Gould told CRN he doesn't pigeon-hole clients into any single vendor. Every engagement is unique with industry verticals at different maturity levels, he said. One company may be more interested in the highest throughput, while another wants more granular controls, he said.
CRN pulled together some of Gartner's analysis of the enterprise firewall market leaders with observations from solution providers on the state of the overall market.