Next Generation Feature Pack

By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2001-12-31 Print this article Print

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Check Points latest firewall/VPN offering smoothes out many time-consuming configuration hassles while boosting performance, but it could still use a simpler licensing scheme.

SHORT-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // Network security managers should expect to get NG FP1 up and running with only a modest outlay in costs. The new One-Click utilities make it a sure bet that configuration errors will be kept to a minimum.

LONG-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // Security products require a lot of maintenance, and NG FP1 is no different. Because new exploits and attacks come out on a near-daily basis, managers should plan to spend a good deal of time updating NG FP1.

PROS: Granular administrative rights; simplified configuration interface.

CONS: Intricate licensing scheme.

Check Point Software Technologies Ltd., Redwood City, Calif.; (800) 429-4391;

Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant has been with the Labs since 1997, and before that paid his IT management dues at a software publishing firm working with several Fortune 100 companies. Cameron also spent two years with a database development firm, integrating applications with mainframe legacy programs. Cameron's areas of expertise include virtual and physical IT infrastructure, cloud computing, enterprise networking and mobility, with a focus on Android in the enterprise. In addition to reviews, Cameron has covered monolithic enterprise management systems throughout their lifecycles, providing the eWEEK reader with all-important history and context. Cameron takes special care in cultivating his IT manager contacts, to ensure that his reviews and analysis are grounded in real-world concern. Cameron is a regular speaker at Ziff-Davis Enterprise online and face-to-face events. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at

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