BGMX's primary challenge is having the proper bandwidth to adhere to all VLAN specifications in PCI compliance standards. Desko also must meet even tighter SAS-70 regulations, as well as his bank's internal security guidelines. After concerns that an existing Cisco® firewall would not meet compliance requirements, Desko decided to migrate traffic to an alternative solution.
"As far as I am concerned, the Cisco firewall failed miserably," said Desko. "I found the Cisco Firewall too much work to manage and configure; I need a firewall that is easy to manage. It’s also critical for me to have visualization into the applications and Web sites used by customers, and see how much bandwidth VPNs are eating up."
BGMX evaluated replacement solutions from Cisco and Juniper Networks®, before deciding to migrate traffic from the Cisco firewall to a SonicWALL® Network Security Appliance (NSA) 3500.
"Firewalls from Cisco and Juniper were very cryptic. The speed and ease of use was simply not there," said Desko. "I found that the Cisco product was very cumbersome and hard to use, especially in rules and interoperability. It wasn’t worth the hassle."