When I started working on data center security at Palo Alto Networks years ago, one of the more common questions from customers was how next-generation firewall (NGFW) technologies were applicable in the data center. At the time, most of our deployments were Internet gateway deployments, protecting user access to Internet applications. Years later, with roughly one third of our business coming from data center use cases, and the timely announcement of a 120Gbps next-generation firewall ideal for data center deployments, it is interesting that there are still those in the industry that question whether next-generation firewalls really belong in the data center.
There is a lot of confusion and FUD on this topic, and in many cases, we’re not even talking about the same problem. So, let’s answer this definitively once and for all. Do next-generation firewalls belong in the data center?
Let’s break it down.
The PA-7050 is our new chassis-based next-generation firewall. It represents yet another innovation milestone for Palo Alto Networks as it takes full next-generation firewall security screaming past the 100 Gbps barrier. The PA-7050 delivers 120 Gbps of App-ID firewall performance, 100 Gbps of DSRI threat prevention and 60 Gbps of non-DSRI threat prevention.
Let’s look at why this is important and why we decided to do this now.
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