It's been a while since I have looked at firewall appliances. I am looking for 1U or 2U appliance that has at least six separate ethernet segments. I'm not looking for six ports on a single segment. These need to be completely isolated segments that I can write rules about in the firewall software.
I'm trying to use an appliance instead of a server because a 2U server will typically take about 350 watts of energy, whereas an appliance typically uses under 80 watts. A firewall is not a very CPU intensive activity.
I am not interested in building my own Linux appliance. I want something off the shelf that has commercial support and very well-developed and evolved and stable software.
I know Watchguard had something like what I describe some time ago. I bought one, and the firmware upgrade procedure was broken and would not work. Watchguard refused to take the box and make the firmware work. The firewall software itself was a real mess, not really up to the standards of Checkpoint or even Microsoft ISA Server. Maybe Watchguard has improved since then.
What options are there today for the product I am describing?