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4th April 2012, 10:40 AM #1
We are just about to move away from SEGFL broadband onto our own dedicated line. The firewall used to be managed centrally.
So BT have told me their router does not do NAT and we will need to purchase a dedicated firewall.
Can anyone recommend one?
4th April 2012, 10:41 AM #2
Cisco ASA 5500 series. Really good.
4th April 2012, 10:45 AM #3
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4th April 2012, 10:53 AM #4
We use Smoothwall's advanced firewall along with Filtering - been brilliant so far!
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tom_newton (4th April 2012)
4th April 2012, 10:59 AM #5
Another vote for Smoothwall been running their firewall for year and they do appliance versions too.
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tom_newton (4th April 2012)
4th April 2012, 11:07 AM #6
Plenty of suggestions Palo Alto or Juniper depending on budgets and requirements. Used the Juniper SRX240 a few times very successfully, and currently looking at the Palo-Alto PA-4020 in a clustered config for a new connection
Fortigate is another one to look at (and can work out very cost effective), but the GUI/CLI isn't for everyone. Finally Watchguard is popular in the SMB segment. I'm not a fan, but know plenty of people that like them!
Are you looking for a UTM/Next-Gen firewall appliance with av scanning/IPS/Application identification or just a basic firewall? And what speed is your new connection? 10mb? 100mb? 1gbit? With some more detail can recommend specific products that would fit well
4th April 2012, 11:09 AM #7
We use Watchguard, cannot fault them but alot of people on here also recommend Smoothwall.
4th April 2012, 11:37 AM #8
Its a 100mbit connection.
500 users a day.
I want a simple firewall basically, that's why its so confusing. Don't care about VPN, email, wireless or web filtering. Already got all that in place.
The watchgaurds look like they have a nice web interface but its a confusing area. Who are the market leaders?
4th April 2012, 11:41 AM #9
Smoothwall can do just the standard Firewall - the rest is add ons - its fairly straight forward to configure
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4th April 2012, 11:50 AM #10
We have Watchguards here too. Nice and simple to configure the firewall - setting up web filtering/spam filtering etc is a bit of a faff although the price for them makes up for it somewhat
4th April 2012, 11:55 AM #11
Gartner have just published their 2012 UTM report (Magic Quadrant for Unified Threat Management) and then there's the Enterprise Firewall 2011 report (Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Network Firewalls).
Take what's in those with a bit of a pinch of salt (you need money to get into those reports), but essentially your looking at the normal names - Cisco and Juniper both being pretty big with Fortinet and Palo-Alto having strong positions (Juniper, Fortinet and Palo-Alto all stem from the same set of people buying/selling/creating companies ). How much do you have to spend?
If your sure you only want firewall and will never want AV scanning or IPS or any other additional services then a Cisco ASA5505 or Juniper SRX100 or Fortigate-40C would all work. If you start looking at other services then you'll need to move to a bigger box to get full 100Mbps performance, but for purely firewalling those will all work and be in the £300 range without support/install costs.
4th April 2012, 11:59 AM #12
WG are very easy to setup, so are ASA though
Horses for courses and prices
4th April 2012, 12:02 PM #13
Thanks, just gave them a call.
Originally Posted by glennda
Don't they price on clients though? Could be expensive for us.
4th April 2012, 12:25 PM #14
4th April 2012, 12:27 PM #15
If you only want 100Mbps firewalling the XTM21 is cheaper . The watchguards do look good though
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