Case of the Tired Firewall

Case of the Tired Firewall

Have you ever had a nightmare where you are being chased and you can't just seem to run away fast enough? No? Well, maybe you've tried running through snow up to your knees or swimming while wearing jeans. All of those examples point to situations that feel like something isn't quite right. Cases where there could be better performance if only something was changed or improved. Sometimes this same thing happens to network devices. In this example, it's the case of the tired firewall. Problem It was a typical day in the office with users milling about drinking coffee, others happily working, and some furiously pecking at their keyboards with deadlines looming. For a small segment of users, though, things weren't normal. They were staring at their monitors with looks of puzzlement and confusion. Instead of working on their latest application update they were running tests with varying and unusual results. They found several symptoms, but were unable to pinpoint the root...
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Cisco Meraki Security Appliance

Note: I apologize for the loss of the screen shots. When I transferred my blog host the images were lost and I did not yet have a backup copy. Being that I actually enjoy networking and it's not just a job, I like to explore new and different technologies. I also like to continue to learn and branch into areas where I'm not as comfortable. One of these areas being firewalls. In my personal life, I have typically used my home routers with their built-in firewall capabilities (though I have my eye on Sophos). Professionally, I have had very limited experience with Cisco ASAs and Bluecoat devices. However, I recently became aware of a free trial program provided by Cisco Meraki (more info here). I found that I fulfilled the requirements and decided that a little learning couldn't hurt, so I signed up for the webinar. A short time later the trial appliance arrived. Before I let my coworkers in on...
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