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IBM Firewall Discontinued
IBM plans to discontinue development and support of its AS/400 firewall and is referring existing customers to Axent, Checkpoint, and Cisco.

event flag  Firewall Discontinued Event Summary In February, IBM announced that as of the end of this year, it will cease to market the AS/400 add-on Firewall product, and as of May 31, 2001, it will cease to support it. Citing increased competition, and focus on other products as a priority, IBM said that there are enough alternative firewall products on the market for IBM customers. Many of these products provide a superior solution for AS/400 customers. Market Impact Due to the pace at which security technology

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