>> I already talked to the PORTUS folks, but their stuff
>> presently only runs on RS-6000s :-(. (Not to mention it
>> costs big $$$.)
>I'm familiar with PORTUS and it's less expensive (in one case MUCH less
>expensive) than other application firewalls.
Well then I guess I've been pretty naive. *I* thought $16kUS was
pretty steep. I expected prices a fraction of that. Oops!
Quote:> Most of the firewalls on Sun
>and SCO are home-grown, which usually means their actual security value
>has never been tested. So the question might be, how valuable is what you
>need to secure?
Pretty darn valuable to us, in our opinion.
Quote:>P.S. If you do an apples-to-apples comparison, the PowerPC-based RS/6000s
>COST LESS & PERFORM BETTER than equivalent Suns. So while RS6Ks are not
>perfect (so what is?), money and performance are not the issues.
Using an RS/6000 is not in the cards at the moment. We're trying
to *reduce* the number of different flavors of systems we have
around here, not increase. Besides, I already have available for
the firewall either a Sun Sparc Classic or a PeeCee with SCO.
(I'll probably go with the Sun.)
Quote:>P.P.S. Every application firewall I know of runs on RS/6000s but few run
>on Sun. Ever wonder why?
Well, since I just found about that, no--I never have. But given
the proliferation of Suns throughout the high-end computing world--
yes, I would wonder why.
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