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UAG Recommendations?

We are looking at putting in a UAG and I am looking for recommendations on which company to go with, and also to get a physical device or go virtual? Right now the company we are with is pushing the Celestix appliance which is rather expensive. I am wondering if there is anything else that is more cost effective that still works well?
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Keith AlabasterCommented:
It REALLY depends on what yoiu want to do. Celestix is a superb offering as either an FTMG or UAG appliance. Yes, it seems more costly up front but knowing the box is built and configured correctly is a fairly significant plus. I have no idea on your (or your conbsultant's) experience in this area but neither TMG or UAG are simple 'run the setup' applications. They are extremely complex and if not set up correctly will give you nothing but issues - a sorry return on what can be seen as a significant investment and has the potential to be an organisation-changing product.

I am not aware of ANY equivalent product (UAG I mean) - whilst there are other application gateway and delivery processes from Citrix and Microsoft and couple those with VDI and terminal services and you have a good grounding.

However UAG does so much more with DirectAccess as a full VPN solution (UAG allows the internal system to remain on IPv4 whereas the standard Microsoft DirectAccess (Non UAG) requires an internal IPv6 system throughout. It allows multiple directory services and credential lists to be used, allows multiple services to be 'fronted' via the same https or http portal, the list is endless.

The biggest question normally asked is whether you actually need UAG or TMG. *A condensed version of TMG is supplied as part of UAG by the way. That said, I normally install these side by side in parallel- if funds allow it - so one acts as the outbound proxy and the UAG acts as the inboind remote access solution.

Here you are some clarification regarding UAG vs TMG
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