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IBM Firewall Discontinued

Written By: Laura Taylor
Published On: March 13 2000

Event Summary

In February, IBM announced that as of the end of this year, it will cease to market the AS/400 add-on Firewall product, and as of May 31, 2001, it will cease to support it. Citing increased competition, and focus on other products as a priority, IBM said that there are enough alternative firewall products on the market for IBM customers. Many of these products provide a superior solution for AS/400 customers.

Market Impact

Due to the pace at which security technology is changing, and the need for layered approaches to security, unless security is a vendor's core competency, it's hard to keep up. Having accepted the fact that their core competency is not firewalls, IBM will be referring firewall customers Axent, Checkpoint, and Cisco. This means new customer opportunities for Axent, Checkpoint, and Cisco, as well as any other firewall vendors savvy enough to reach into IBM's firewall customer give-away basket.

User Recommendations

Just because IBM is waving the white flag when it comes to firewalls, don't underestimate the security capabilities of the AS/400. With integrated security throughout the hardware and operating system, the AS/400 provides among the best rock solid host security in existence today.

When examining the alternatives to the AS/400, depending on what kind of technology approach you want to take, IBM recommends Checkpoint/Nokia Firewall-1, a Stateful Packet Inspection firewall; Axent's Raptor firewall, a Proxy firewall; or the Cisco IOS firewall, a Network Embedded firewall. Today, Stateful Packet Inspection firewalls dominate the market.

 
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