SoftLayer’s Hardware Firewall offerings provide customers with an essential layer of security that is provisioned on demand without service interruptions.  The Hardware Firewall services prevent unwanted traffic from hitting your servers, reducing your attack surface, and allowing your server resources to be dedicated for their intended use.  SoftLayer's Hardware Firewalls are network devices that are connected upstream from the server environment (pod), blocking unwanted traffic before it reaches your server.  All Hardware Firewalls are built on enterprise grade hardware firewall appliances and customers may choose between a Shared Firewall, Dedicated Firewall, or the Fortigate Security Appliance based on their specific performance and feature requirements.  Hardware Firewalls can be added at any time without the need to re-IP your server environment and can be activated instantly.  Click the learn button below for detailed information on the different hardware firewall options.