Hardware Firewall Solutions For Newbs?
Posted on 2007-08-11
I own a small web development and hosting company. I have a programming background. We have 5 web servers and the total average bandwidth usage for all 5 is 7 - 10 mbps. I am looking for a hardware firewall solution that is easy to setup and use and will handle the traffic I have with room for some expansion. I know very little about this subject. I can configure my own firewall at home with your usual D-link or Linksys etc. I understand the concepts. Just never messed with anything on this scale.
What I must be able to do.
1. Block C-classes of IPs or single IPs with ease.
What I would like the device to be able to do.
1. Intrusion detection and prevention.
Options I would like to have the ability to use or not use but are available to the device.
1. Spam protection.
2. Virus protection.
What I could care less about.
1. VPN functionality.
I need something that it doesn't take a network engineer to configure. My budget is up to about $1800 but the less I spend the better; we are a small company.
I have asked people in the IT industry about this subject and I keep hearing the names Fortigate, Sonicwall, Firebox and Hotbrick. I go to these sites but there is soo much information Im not sure where to start.
So anybody got any suggestions?