As their names suggest, the major difference between a container firewall and a virtual firewall is the fact that container firewalls are deployed as containerized services and virtual firewalls are deployed as virtual machines. By deploying as a container, container firewalls are more easily integrated into containerized environments, giving them deeper visibility and control over the traffic that traverses the container environment. Their deployment can also be orchestrated using the native tools for managing containerized environments, allowing them to be easily incorporated into existing DevOps workflows.
Virtual firewalls are better suited for deployment into virtualized environments, including public and private clouds. They can be used to enforce perimeter security in public clouds as well as for segmentation to inspect east-west traffic for threats.
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