WatchGuard Fireware Operating System


A Greenfield Approach to Network Security

Nothing stays the same in network security. Not minute-to-minute and certainly not year-to-year. But while other vendors are struggling to wring out every last bit of performance from years-old technology, WatchGuard took a greenfield approach to our platform technology that looks to the future, not the past. We architected our security-hardened Fireware® operating system (OS) from the ground up to be ready for whatever threat comes next. Our approach involves three essential elements:

  • Next-generation proxy technology that efficiently assembles payloads from network traffic for the most efficient scanning possible
  • Asymmetrical multiprocessing engine coupled with an efficient hypervisor for a hardware-agnostic platform that optimizes performance at every price point
  • Modular approach for “plug-and-play” integration of the industry’s leading security engines, with built-in headroom for the future


Next-Gen Proxy Technology Goes Beyond the Firewall

Just as deep packet inspection (DPI) extended basic IP packet filtering, WatchGuard’s proprietary next-generation proxy technology is the next logical step in network security. While DPI inspects packet-level content only and is easily overwhelmed by heavy traffic, our next-gen proxy technology decrypts and reassembles all incoming traffic to scan packet data at the application level. Each security engine can work faster and apply deeper analysis to stop today’s sophisticated threats more efficiently and effectively than ever. Suspicious payloads are blocked, and only “known good” traffic is allowed to pass through. Proxying is the most secure method of processing data, but other security vendors can’t afford the processing overhead. We can, because we designed Fireware for the future of network security, not the past.

At every price point and at line-speeds up to 35 Gbps, Fireware offers the most efficient way to secure your traffic with no latency.


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Hardware-Agnostic Multiprocessing Engine Optimizes Performance

A stateful firewall is simply not enough anymore, so it doesn’t make any sense to optimize for firewall-only throughput. But that’s how every other security vendor benchmarks their performance. The reality is that every network needs a full arsenal of scanning engines to protect from spyware and viruses, malicious apps and data leakage—all the way through advanced persistent threats and zero-day malware. We optimized Fireware to achieve full line-speed performance with all security services running—not just a turn-of-the-century firewall. Our asymmetrical multiprocessing engine and hyper-efficient hypervisor let us take full advantage of the horsepower that modern hardware has to offer—at every price point.

Fireware is how our devices deliver the industry’s fastest throughput with every security engine you need running at full throttle.


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WatchGuard’s UTM (unified threat management) platform is designed to allow network traffic to pass through a full suite of UTM services—from anti-spam protection to Data Loss Prevention — at top performance levels. Leveraging the power of multi - core processing, the platform runs all scanning engines simultaneously for maximum protection and blazing fast throughput. Resources are allocated based on the flow of data and the security services that data requires. For example, if web filtering needs more horsepower, additional processors are automatically applied so web traffic keeps moving and your business stays secure.


Plugging in the Industry's Leading Security Engines

Fireware is a security-hardened, Linux-based OS that uses a modular approach to create the industry’s most agile platform, without hardware dependencies. We plug in the industry’s best scanning technologies for every security need, from antivirus and URL filtering, to APT blocking and data-loss prevention. As threats evolve—and the competitive environment changes—we can immediately upgrade services to keep our place at the top of the network security food chain. And Fireware’s optimized architecture includes built-in headroom, to future-proof our full line of security appliances. That means additional functionality is just a software license key away, so you’re never locked in and you can scale up whenever you need to.

Fireware is architected for speed, optimized for security, and designed for manageability.


Changing The Network Security Game for Good

We know that security services are only part of the game. We step up to the table with a full suite of enterprise-grade networking and redundancy capabilities so your network is always on, always reliable. That includes multi-WAN load balancing and high availability—including active/active failover. Fireware enables an intuitive user interface and central management controls that are consistent across every WatchGuard security device in your distributed network, as well as our Dimension™ visibility tool for public and private cloud-based management.



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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