jeff on 16 Mar 2009 19:21:38 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] Bandwidth Shaping and assorted appliances

peripherally speaking, I was looking at one of those CIO magazines today.

When I started out, you bought a firewall.
Now you purchase an Internet Appliance.

The firewall can do shaping and antivirus
You purchase a separate box for antivirus and Threats.

Anyway, it seems *everything* is an appliance these days.  They start 
out at a few grand, then balloon upward with per-user licensing fees.

Once again I find myself in the wrong business.

And I keep thinking that the $6k box I just saw can be implemented in a 
VM under linux for nothing (except a lot of sweat equity and cursing).

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