Data Center Security Gateway (DCSG)



5 out of 5 Products
Achieved a Recommended
Rating IPv4

4 out of 5 Products
Achieved a Recommended
Rating IPv6

The Security Effectiveness of
Tested Products Ranged
Between 79.7% and 98.3%

Data Center Security Gateway (DCSG)

What is Data Center Security Gateway (DCSG)?

While perimeter devices are expected to protect end users and a wide range of end user applications, data center security devices are deployed to protect servers and applications hosted in the data center. Data center security gateways (DCSGs) converge data center firewall (DCFW) and data center IPS (DCIPS) technologies, and as such, play a vital role in today’s security infrastructure. The goal of the DCSG is to provide access control in the data center and deep packet inspection in order to protect servers and applications from remote attacks.

What We Tested

NSS Labs' Data Center Security Gateway (DCSG) Group Test evaluates market-leading DCSG products on security effectiveness, performance, stability and reliability, and total cost of ownership (TCO). The DCSG Group Test provides individual Test Reports and Comparative Reports that enable enterprises to make informed decisions to evolve and rationalize their cyber risk programs.

What You Get
DCSG Product Test Reports

Security Comparative Report

The Security Comparative Report provides high-level analysis of the security effectiveness of different DCSG products in the market. The report provides comparisons of firewall policy enforcement, intrusion prevention capabilities, and resistance to common evasion techniques.

Using this report, enterprise security teams can compare security effectiveness and resistance to evasion techniques across different DCSG products.

Performance Comparative Report

The Performance Comparative Report provides analysis of various performance metrics for tested DCSG products. The report contains comparisons of UDP throughput and latency, maximum capacity, HTTP capacity, and HTTP capacity with persistent connections, all while using real-world traffic mixes.

Using the Performance Comparative Report, enterprise networking teams can compare performance across DCSG products and select those products that will support their volume and type of network traffic.

Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) Comparative Report

The TCO Comparative Report provides a comparison of the costs associated with product purchase, installation, maintenance, and support, as well as threat-associated costs.

Using the TCO Comparative Report, the enterprise C-Suite and management can understand the true TCO of a product over a three-year period, incorporating product purchase cost, product operational cost, and the overall capability score of a product.

Security Value MapTM (SVM) Comparative Report

Empirical data from individual Test Reports and Comparative Reports is used to create NSS Labs' unique Security Value Map (SVM). The SVM illustrates the relative value of security investments by mapping the Security Effectiveness and the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) per Mbps of tested product configurations.

The SVM Comparative Report provides an aggregated view of the detailed findings from the NSS Labs group tests. Using this report, enterprise security decision makers can see the relative value of security investments.

Individual Test Reports

Test Reports provide detailed analysis for each product tested. Data from these reports is used in the NSS Labs Comparative Reports.

Test Reports enable enterprise security teams to understand the impact of features and limitations across different products. These reports are used to shortlist products for further evaluation and proof-of concept testing.