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From your experience, what is the best UTM for SMB ?


From your experience, what is the best UTM (Unified Threat Management) Appliances for Small-Medium companies ??

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Garry GlendownConsulting and Network/Security SpecialistCommented:
Fortinet's FortiGate has a very good price/performance point ... depending on the maximum throughput required, the FW appliances start at very low prices ... e.g. comparing to a Cisco 5510 w/ CSC, you could end up at about a third or quarter of the price with yet more features available on the Fortinet box than Cisco. Also, most features are available at no extra cost, like SSL VPN, HA redundancy, virtual Firewalls, IDS, DLP etc. Yearly renewals for AV etc. are also very reasonably priced.
Depending on your experience with firewalls, make sure you add a bit of training time and/or cost, or get a decent service provider to set it up for you ...
KETTANEHAuthor Commented:
Thanks my friend.. guys, any other opinions ?
Dave HoweCommented:
No, I think Garry pretty much nailed it - I was going to type something very similar, and he got here first :)
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KETTANEHAuthor Commented:
what about the following vendors : ??
KETTANEHAuthor Commented:
any new opinion ?
Dirk KotteSECommented:
we use astaro (now from sophos).
it has an simple / stable interface, scales from Home-user (for free) to big companies (seen 15K user behind an astaro cluster) and many nice features.

try it
KETTANEHAuthor Commented:
thanks dkotte... any new recommendation guys ?
not a new recommendation, but another hand up for fortigates. i have seen the devices scale from 10 users to north of 2000 users. they handle a lot of very intricate and difficult tasks well and make very good small office routers when you add a fortiAP to one, making it WiFi capable.

Only downside i see to using devices like this are the difficulty in troubleshooting certain network problems (is it caught in the routing engine, the ips, the vpn, the AV engine, the firewall etc) but fortinet did a very good job in giving tracing tools so you can follow packets not only in and out of the fortigate, but through the various engines inside the fortigate itself.
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