Smoothwall, ClarkConnect or home rolled firewall/proxy/VPN server ?
Posted on 2008-06-18
OK, as per thread title I am curious about your thoughts on Smoothwall v ClarkConnect.
At present we run a Smoothwall Corporate 3 server, primarily as a combined firewall and VPN server for 20 remote workers and one site-to-site link. It's a long time past its sell-by date, so I need to replace it.
I've been playing around with a Ubuntu Linux based-home rolled counterpart and I am happy with it to the point where I'd be prepared to roll it out - currently it can handle the firewall side of things with aplomb, the VPN tunnels and it can also do proxy/content filtering/logging and other nonsense.
Ordinarily I'd rather have a separate proxy/content filter in a box sitting behind the firewall, but in this case that won't be an option.
Trouble is, whatever solution I put in place I need to know that whoever follows along behind me can pick it up.
That leads me back to a commercially available GUI driven product a la Smoothwall or ClarkConnect - most of the lower end security appliances won't be as cost effective if we take the VPN tunnel requirements into account.
So, thoughts on the comparative merits or possible alternatives would be appreciated.