Stonesoft Software FW/VPN

Stonesoft has certified some specific platforms for the Stonesoft Firewall/VPN gateway and IPS engine. We recommend using our pre-installed Stonesoft appliances or any of the certified models. Choosing a certified platform ensures that:

  • Detailed hardware specifications of the tested platform are available, including the combination of network interfaces and their types
  • Performance measurements for firewall and VPN throughput are available
  • The solution is compatible with all Stonesoft features
  • Platform robustness has been proven in a 24-hour traffic stress test


VMware ESX Server

VMware ESX Server is a certified platform for Stonesoft Firewall/VPN.

Stonesoft statement about VMware platform

Stonesoft confirms that we will support customers running Stonesoft production ready appliance in a VMware ESX Server (see Release Notes for the details). Stonesoft will provide support for Stonesoft software running in a VMware virtual environment in the same manner as running on any other major x86-based system. Should Stonesoft suspect that the virtualization layer is the root cause of the incident, the customer will be required to contact the appropriate VMware support provider to resolve the VMware issue.

Intel Platforms

Actively Certified Platforms

The actively certified plaforms will be tested with all major software releases and with maintenance releases containing kernel changes until the server is out of production or the hardware vendor comes out with a new generation of the server. At that point, the platform will be moved to the limited maintenance category.

Limited Maintenance Platforms

The following platforms are out of production, but they have been certified for older Stonesoft Firewall/VPN/IPS versions. The compatibility tests are run more irregularly with new Stonesoft engine versions on these platforms.

No platforms in this category.

Compatible Platforms

Stonesoft compatible platforms have not been tested extensively and are not officially certified by Stonesoft. However, the Firewall, IPS or Security Engine installation and basic operations have been verified by a certified Stonesoft engineer or partner. Stonesoft does not guarantee future compatibility or that the compatible platforms work in all situations.

Technical Requirements

If it is not possible to use a certified platform, the Stonesoft Firewall/VPN/IPS gateway can also be run on standard Intel-based hardware that satisfies Stonesoft hardware requirements. Please contact the relevant hardware manufacturers regarding compatibility issues between hardware components. Please note that Stonesoft cannot guarantee the continuous compatibility of any uncertified hardware platform. There may be future changes in the Stonesoft products that are not compatible with some hardware that works with the current released products.

For more information on generic hardware requirements for Stonesoft, please see the following documents:


Certification of third-party hardware is granted based on tests performed under specific operating conditions in a controlled environment. Results may vary in other environments. By certifying or classifying third-party products as compatible, Stonesoft makes no warranties, express or implied, as to testing results, performance, or any other information or data included therein. In addition, Stonesoft makes no express or implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose or use with respect to any third-party products.

In no event shall Stonesoft be liable for any lost profits or consequential damages arising from the use of information contained on this page, even if advised in advance of the possibility of such damages.

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