- The product should provide a single management view and at least allows some form of integration across different security functions. For example, administrators should be able to view and correlate log data generated by firewalls and intrusion detection systems.
- The appliance should be easy to set up, configure and maintain. This means that not only initial, but any future changes in the security rules and policies should be easy to configure and deploy.
- Price is another factor that is driven by your budget.
- Firewall appliances generally include a VPN gateway. Many offer additional optional security features such as antivirus software and IPS.
- Market reputation
- Technical support
- Product maturity
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