I have to find the cheapest possible decent firewall for a network of 400+ users. The cost of the firewall is of major importance, because the already approved budget has only £600 allocated to the firewall which, everyone agrees, won't get us far. So, I can only incur a very small loss on this.
At the moment, the options (because of cost) are Cisco PIX 515 Restricted and Watchguard 700. They are very similar in price, but I need pointers from experience regarding following:
1. Performance comparison.
2. Ease of use / management.
3. VPN capabilities.
Kindly avoid quoting vendor websites as I've been through them thoroughly and Cisco does have the performance edge, but I need more qualitative information.
Also, if there are any other suggestions you may have, I'll be happy to hear them.
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