One of the duties of my current place of employ is reorganizing the
network. We have a few Catalyst 6500 series L3 switches, but currently
do all packet filtering (and some routing) using a software based
firewall. Don't ask me, I didn't design it
Current security requirements are only based on TCP and non-stateful
UDP src/dst net/port filtering, and so my suggestion was to use ACLs
applied on the routed interface of each VLAN. There was some talk of
using another software based firewall or a Cisco FWSM card to filter
traffic at the border, mostly for management concerns. We expect full 1
gig traffic levels today, and 10 gig traffic levels in the future.
I view ACLs as being a cheap, easy to administrate solution that
scales with upgrades to new interface line speeds, where a full stateful
firewall isn't necessary. However, I wanted to get other opinions of
what packet filtering solutions people use in the border and in the
core, and why.
What's out there, and why do you guys use it? How do you feel about
the scalability, performance, security, and manageability of your
solution? What kind of traffic levels do you put through it?