Firewall / VPN solution ideas

Posted on 2012-08-31
Last Modified: 2012-08-31
I have to replace a failing SonicWall Pro230e.....

Wondering what the masses would go with if Cisco wasn't on the table of options....

I could go with another SonicWall (Anyone experienced with them since Dell bought them?)

There's Barracuda, Checkpoint, Juniper, GTA, Enterasys....

It's really only for a small office, so good firewall and VPN functions are the only really important features.   Primary uses other than normal are I have a heavy use support team that uses its VPN functions.  Would be nice to have a SSL VPN in the mix, but really anything after the basics is just a nice kind of frosting for the cake.... Content Filtering, Anti-Virus, nice, but usually those require ongoing costs to maintain.

SonicWall advised the NX2400 as the logical replacement --- NICE, but I think it might be overkill based on the expected usage.  The plus is I would be using a familiar interface, but I had some serious issues with support in the past which is key for a critical device like this....

Any opinions or experiences with small(er) office versions?
Question by:btetlow-expert
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    I order a sonicwall for anti-spam about 2 months ago from dell. There support was been very good. I have called them a few times already.
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    I am using Watchguard XTM2 series for small business. Easy to use and configure, robust. I have one running for 3 years now without any issues. Do FW also VPN but need to buy licenses if you need more than one. Not expensive but still...
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    You might want to consider the open source solution of pfSense.  

    It's a very stable and very robust solution, and can be deployed as a UTM with the packages available for it or just deploy it as a secure firewall.
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    by:Aaron Tomosky
    I use a tz210 for about 50 users on a 20mbit pipe. I wouldn't push it much more than that as far as users go. I did talk to dell recently as they renamed viewpoint "analyzer" and charge as if it wasn't just a version upgrade. It's funny that the download fr the vm is stil name gmsvp.  
    Seems no worse that when sonicwall was running solo, a little better perhaps.
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    Thanks for all the input....   Decisions...Decisions...Decisions...

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