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Despite seismic shifts in IT, the next-generation firewall (NGFW) remains the cornerstone of enterprise network security. In this report, Ovum details the fundamental capabilities of evolving NGFW platforms and how to benefit from NGFW technological and market evolution.


  • NGFW technology remains critical to the success of enterprise cybersecurity programs, but CISOs, security architects, and other key stakeholders must understand that the NGFW is becoming much more than a network security appliance.

Features and Benefits

  • Learn why the NGFW will be deployed less frequently as a traditional physical or virtual appliance.
  • Understand the growing role the NGFW will play as an enabler of best-of-breed security architecture integration.

Key questions answered

  • The NGFW will decreasingly exist as a traditional physical or virtual appliance as it adapts to the requirements of the distributed network perimeter.
  • NGFW location and functions make it a natural enabler of homogeneous platform integration enablement among third-party solutions.

Table of contents


  • Catalyst
  • Ovum view
  • Key messages


  • Recommendations for enterprises
  • Recommendations for vendors

An NGFW platform remains critical to enterprise network security

  • Network perimeter security: Why it still matters
  • Firewall functions: Beyond the basics

In more heterogeneous, hybrid environments, a NGFW is less likely to be deployed as a physical or virtual appliance

  • What is a firewall? The answer is changing
  • What's next: NGFWaaS

An NGFW platform aspires to incorporate an easy-to-use cloud-based management system with a single, adaptable policy

  • NGFW management: Often overlooked, increasingly critical
  • What's next: Dynamic, cloud-based NGFW management

Integration enablement and interconnection of best-of-breed security architectures will become key NGFW capabilities

  • The role of the NGFW in integration enablement
  • Fostering integrated best-of-breed security architectures


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author

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