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Question about Firewall's performance, thoughput and concurrent sessions

By Jimmy Chan 1979 ·
Dear all,

After for the long seek and checking the price that my boss can payment of ... only SonicWALL TZ 170 with Standard OS and ZyXEL 5 UTM out here ....

Read the technical spec. of the PDF download from the official web site, finded some data I don't understnad how to cal. ...

Actually, my company want to using one server host two of portal web site, it is like YAHOO, provide the Streaming Video, e-commerce online shopping cart, forum .... but I really don't know how many person will connect to our web site. And our line just only 2M/2M connect to the internet ...

My boss is budget SME in Hong Kong ... so only can choose SonicWALL TZ 170 with Standard OS (Actually, not include the Anti-Virus, GAS, IDS etc, the price need over HKD 8000, my boss hate this brand since this service is independent) and the Taiwan's brand ZyXEL 5 UTM ...

I want to ask, on my case, have more than one server, now total 6 server ... cal. the firewall rule, TZ 170 only can add 100 rule, but 5 UTM can add max 350 ...

For the custom service for the non-stand TCP/UDP port, TZ 170 I don't know how much I can add by the Standard OS (If anyone know the maximum, please tell me), 5 UTM can add 50 service ....

For the firewall thoughput TZ 170 just only 8Mbps (After enabled the Anti-Virus etc fuction), 5 UTM have 10Mbps (Enabled the Anti-Virus etc)

For the concurrent session, TZ 170 have 6000, 5 UTM have 4000.

I want to ask, for the application like my case, what part is the performance more important? The firewall thoughput or the concurrent sessions??

I really have not experience on this, so worry choose a wrong firewall, then my boss angry with me.

Hope here have experts give me some suggestion on above two firewall which one will be better to meet my case ... also need consider the Fireware update, support etc .. ZyXEL look like not need other fee ...

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