Yet another Firewall/VPN question...
Posted on 2004-09-28
Ok I have been reading on here for days and think I have a pretty good idea of what I am looking for and need. To start, I am looking to implement a VPN solution for a Small Busisness with < 30 users. We have 5 sales people located in 2 different states and will also have at any given time 2-3 users working from remote locations (but not "site-to-site" branch locations). We shouldn't have more than 20 concurrent vpn connections but it is possible we will have more than 10 so the Pix 501 is out. I have been looking at the Pix 506e and have talked to Cisco Pre-Sales and that was their suggestion.
Now to what we need this for...We want our remote users and mobile sales force to have access to our accounting files, sales databases, virus scan management software, etc, all which is located on 2 different "servers". We are also looking into implementing an Exchange Server. We are not worried about a "remote desktop" feel to it (we will use XP's built in remote desktop if needed), we just need our mobile/remote users access to the inside of our network and the files which reside there.
Now after having said that here is my question....is the 506e what I need? I have read a great deal about Watchgaurd, Netscreen, etc. Our budget is around $1000. What is the benefit of one over the other? What "integrated" services does the 506e offer that the others do not?
Please give me your suggestions or ask me if you need more information. Thanks to all in advance.