UTM and application control performance
Just wondering who is running a UTM-style appliance with application-level control and how is it working for you?
Reason being we want to implement BYOD wireless access but without some way of controlling the usage and bandwidth of applications such as iPlayer, YouTube and suchlike I can see it being a free for all killing our Internet connection.
As a result I'm looking at a new firewall appliance with app-level control being one of the key features... needs to service 300-350 desktops plus however many we get on guest wi-fi (50-100 perhaps?)
Thus far Palo Alto really stands out on app-level control but not sure if their smaller box (which comes in at around £1300 for the box plus £800ish for licensing) has enough grunt... define "enterprise branch office"
Gut instinct says the PA-500 is a better long-term bet but support costs double (they never miss a trick do they!)
Others that I've looked at...
Sonicwall, seems to have the feature set but not sure how good the app control is in practice
Fortinet, pricier than Sonicwall and same question over app-level control
Watchguard, has some level of app control but seems to be pricey (had a quote for an XTM 520 that's on a level with the PA-500 Palo Alto box)
We'll have to use content filtering that comes with the firewall for now, not expecting any of them to be brilliant in that regard but will do the job for now...