What are the specs that you look for in a firewall? I'm looking at concurrent sessions and throughput. The sales person i spoke to is looking at number of users but that is not in the detailed specs. I'm running into the sales pitch vs. real baseline metrics discontinuity and i'm at a loss...
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Price, ease of management, and knowledge/mindshare.
So for most small office/business solutions, I can get by with lower-end Cisco ASA devices (5505, 5510), for example. Price is reasonable in that realm. And the knowledge issue isn't a problem due to the number of engineers familiar with the equipment.
But rather than recommend a product, I'd insist that the metrics that are important to you should be the same metrics that guide your search.