Security leaders of 2020

Market Definition/Description

Gartner defines the network firewall market as composed primarily of firewalls offering bidirectional controls (both egress and ingress) for securing networks. These networks can be on-premises, hybrid (on-premises and cloud), public cloud or private cloud. The product has the capability to support one or more firewall deployment use cases, such as perimeter, small and midsize businesses (SMBs), data center, cloud, and distributed offices.

This market is no longer restricted to appliance-only vendors and extends to vendors offering virtual versions and firewall as a service (FWaaS), offered as native firewall controls or dedicated offerings by public and private cloud vendors.

Network firewalls can also offer additional capabilities, such as application awareness and control, intrusion detection and prevention, advanced malware detection, and logging and reporting.

This Magic Quadrant includes the following types of network firewalls:
Purpose-built physical appliances
Virtual appliances
Embedded firewall modules
Firewall controls delivered from infrastructure as a service (IaaS) platform providers
Dedicated FWaaS (Note: FWaaS is a service directly hosted and sold by the vendor, and is not a hosted firewall service offered by managed security service providers [MSSPs], telcos or any other partner).

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