Hardware firewall question
Can someone explain why certain hardware firewalls are, say, sometimes around $10K and others are less than $1K? For example here in the Dell link below, what exactly are you getting for the difference in price:
It's all related to the feature sets, throughput & number of simultaneous connections they support. For example if you compare the WatchGuard® Firebox® X5500e for $6,700 to the WatchGuard® Firebox X55e for $1,000; the X5500e support a boatload more connections including VPN and IPSEC tunnels. The X5500e also supports a lot more routing protocols making it much more like a router than your smaller firewalls. So it can be used to setup some fairly complicated subnets and DMZs where traffic can be routed with fine grained control.
I guess the real question is what are you looking to do and what is the number of users you need to support (both internal and external)?
The less removed from its origin (a desktop PC running Linux and some lame iptables GUI) these devices are, the further they move from the $1000 bracket.
Also, once you hit the high end, chances are they'll actaully be able to do VLAN tagging, OSPF and other router-like features that help them integrate much easier.