[SunHELP] Solaris as firewall for windows network
thomas.cameron at camerontech.com
Sun Feb 15 20:29:52 CST 2004
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From: "Kurt Huhn" <kurt at k-huhn.com>
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Sent: Wednesday, February 11, 2004 11:21 AM
Subject: Re: [SunHELP] Solaris as firewall for windows network
> On Feb 11, 2004, at 12:03 PM, Javier O. Augusto wrote:
> > IMHO, its useless to setup a machine like an U10 only for a firewall.
> > Why not a freebsd or a linux firewall instead?
> Speaking from experience, the hardware of most PCs can't keep up with
> the abuse that can be tossed at a firewall. My experience sending
> aggressive nmap scans through a 1.3Ghz celeron running OpenBSD, is that
> the system simply falls down. A 140Mhz Ultra-1 running OpenBSD, on the
> other hand, performs flawlessly.
> Not to start *that* particular holy war, but my experience guides my
> actions in this regard.
YMMV, because I've used a 600 MHz PC running Linux as a firewall for a
company with 120 users on a T1 for several years with zero unscheduled
downtime. Scheduled downtime has involved maybe 5 or 6 reboots for kernel
updates since late 2001.
My experience says that a PC is just fine.
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