Help Me Choose


Confused About the Difference Between a Next-Generation Firewall (NGFW) and a Unified Threat Management (UTM) Appliance?


You're Not Alone

There was a time when the lines in the sand were clearly drawn. You had to make your choice — Next-Generation Firewall or UTM appliance — and then stick to it, even if your requirements changed. You were locked in. That’s just the way it was. But not anymore.


We Changed the Rules

WatchGuard‘s Fireware® operating system changed the game. It’s the powerful foundation for all of our NGFW and UTM appliances, and it’s the fastest, most reliable, most agile platform in the industry. No matter what you choose from WatchGuard, you can’t get it wrong. A software license key is all it takes to open up whatever functionality you need, whenever you need it, with just a mouse click.

Fireware is designed to run full versions of the industry’s leading scanning engines, for the best security in every category and at every price point. While other approaches make you sacrifice throughput for every new scanning engine you deploy, Fireware is architected for speed. In fact, Fireware is the industry’s highest-performing all-in-one network security platform, delivering the fastest throughput when all scanning engines are running at full throttle.


You Can't Get It Wrong

  • High-performance security at enterprise speed. If you need a security device that sits at the edge of your network with the performance to handle edge traffic — and you’ve already deployed other standalone security functions such as anti-spam and URL filtering — our Next-Generation Firewall puts you in the driver’s seat, with the granular control and targeted features you want.
  • Best-in-class security, all-in-one efficiency. If you want the highest performance and maximum security in an all-in-one appliance that boasts built-in headroom to meet all of your future security needs, then stop right here. Our UTM is hands-down the industry’s highest-performing, all-in-one network security platform.
  • Upgrade in an instant. If your situation changes and you need to add functionality — even upgrading from a Next-Gen Firewall to a full UTM — it’s just a license key away. Point, click, done.
  • The best of both worlds. For large, distributed architectures, our standard platform-based approach let you mix NGFW and UTM appliances with a single visibility and management tool across the board. Power and control, meet elegant simplicity.


All-Seeing, All-Knowing

No matter which security platform you choose — NGFW, UTM, or a mix — WatchGuard makes it easy to set security policies once and instantly propagate them across your enterprise. And with Dimension™ — our award-winning visibility tool that’s standard on every WatchGuard UTM and NGFW appliance — you can visualize and isolate any threat, anywhere, on any appliance, all from one intuitive console.


Don't Let Them Tell You What You Want to Do

Don’t let anyone else define your network security strategy for you. With enterprise-class security technologies, industry-leading visibility, and the best performance at any price point, WatchGuard puts you at the top of the network security food chain, no matter what you choose.


About WatchGuard

WatchGuard has deployed nearly a million integrated, multi-function threat management appliances worldwide. Our signature red boxes are architected to be the industry's smartest, fastest, and meanest security devices with every scanning engine running at full throttle. Why buy WatchGuard? Find out here.




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