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What are some Pros and Cons for the Astaro?

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I am currently looking at the Astaro 220 as our firewall appliance.  I am looking for what the pros and cons are for getting this device.  
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If your employee base is less than about 25, I'd consider a smaller appliance (barring significant, forseeable growth). Try the Astaro 120, instead, if that is the case. You'll save the company money, which is almost always a plus.

The Astaro 220 is a robust appliance. I'm sure you've seen all the specs, bells, and whistles. The settings are all very fluid, and Astaro has been working on positive change on this unit for years. The only real con to purchasing this device is something that's inherent in it's nature. Having a signle device that runs so much of the backbone of your network can be risky. The term "don't put all your eggs in one basket" comes to mind. It's not the fault of the device, however.

So if your company is willing to have you keep a close eye on this thing to spot failure before it happens, I'd say go for it. Just be warying that if it dies, so does much of your network.
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We have more than 25 users.  I am going to get the platium support if i go with this unit.  Have you used this brand of unit?  
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Not extensively with this model, but I have had experience with Astaro hardware.
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Is it fair to say that if we get the 24/7 support we should be ok.  Do Astaro's devices fail often?
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Certainly not in my experience. I do have experience with the Astaro 120. From what I'm reading, the featureset is almost identical, expect for the size and thoroughput.

The Astaro that I administer hasnt failed since it was purchased. I will say that it's interface is complex, but with a little time and effort you'll be fluent.
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