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Cisco PIX Firewalls

Cisco PIX Firewalls are traditional firewalls specializing in intrusion prevention and content screening, and also small scale VPN connectivity. Individual models include the small office 501, 506, and 506E, medium duty 515/515E, and heavy duty 525/535. Most of these models can be provisioned with software and licensing to support various types of encryption support as well as number of firewalled ethernet connections, number and type of VPN connections, and whether they are designed for stand-alone or failover (redundant) operation. So called 'restricted' versions support fewer hardware ports, connections, and security methods, while 'unrestricted' models typically support the full range of options available for the model (details vary by model, so check with us or Cisco for specifics). Individual models are compared below, and the 515, 525, and 535 are quite frequently deployed in tandem as a main/backup unit pair. VALUE PROPOSITION: Looking for an economical and high powered traditional firewall? Consider the Pix 525 and 535 Firewalls. Properly configured, they are incredibly powerful and far less expensive than the current generation alternatives.

Related products include the Cisco ASA5500 (which superseded the PIX series) and the CVPN3000 series (which provides large scale VPN connection concentration). In addition, most Cisco modular routers in the 2600, 2800, 2900, 3600, 3700, 3800, and 3900 can be provisioned to provide firewall and other security-related protections.


PIX FIREWALL FEATURE COMPARISON
FEATURE PIX 506E PIX 515E PIX 525 PIX 535
Maximum Firewall Throughput (1400-byte UDP) 100 Mbps 190 Mbps 330 Mbps 1.7 Gbps
Maximum HTTP Firewall Throughput (Real-World, 10K Object Size) 130 Mbps 30 Mbps (R)/135 Mbps (UR/FO) 600 Mbps
Maximum 3DES/AES VPN Throughput 16 Mbps 140,000 (R)/280,000 (UR/FO) 425 Mbps
Maximum Connections 25000 48,000 (R/DMZ)/130,000 (UR/FO) 500000
Connections per Second 4000 4000 9500 15000
Packets per Second (64-byte) 48000 190000 300000
Maximum IPsec VPN Sessions 25 2000 2000 2000
Maximum SSL VPN Sessions Not Supported Not Supported Not Supported Not Supported
Integrated Network Ports 2 Fast Ethernet ports 2 Fast Ethernet (R)/3 Fast Ethernet (DMZ)/6 Fast Ethernet (UR-FE/FO-FE) 2 Fast Ethernet (R/UR/FO), 2 Gigabit Ethernet + 2 Fast Ethernet (UR-GE/FO-GE/AA-GE) 2 Fast Ethernet (R/UR/FO), 3 Gigabit Ethernet + 2 Fast Ethernet (UR-GE/FO-GE/AA-GE)
Maximum Network Ports Not Supported 3 Fast Ethernet (R/DMZ)/6 Fast Ethernet (UR/FO) 10 Fast Ethernet, or 3 Gigabit Ethernet and 2 Fast Ethernet 6 Gigabit Ethernet or Fast Ethernet (R)/14 Fast Ethernet or 9 Gigabit Ethernet (UR/FO)
VLANs 2 10 (R/DMZ)/25 (UR/FO) 25 (R)/100 (UR/FO) 50 (R)/150 (UR/FO)
High Availability/Scalability Not Supported Not Supported (R/DMZ)/Active/Standby (FO)/Active/Active and Active/Standby (UR/FO-AA) Not Supported (R)/Active/Standby (FO)/Active/Active and Active/Standby (UR/FO-AA) Not Supported (R)/Active/Standby (FO)/Active/Active and Active/Standby (UR/FO-AA)
Expandability Not Supported 1 Fast Ethernet (1FE), 4 Fast Ethernet (4FE-66), VPN Accelerator Plus (VAC PLUS) 1 Fast Ethernet (1FE), 4 Fast Ethernet (4FE-66), 1 Gigabit Ethernet (1GE-66), VPN Accelerator Plus (VAC PLUS) 1 Fast Ethernet (1FE), 4 Fast Ethernet (4FE-66), 1 Gigabit Ethernet (1GE-66), VPN Accelerator Plus (VAC PLUS)
Redundant Power Not Supported Yes, AC or DC Supported

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