McAfee Firewall Enterprise MFE Review

Initial setup is straightforward except for high-availability and heartbeat VLAN.


What is most valuable?

  • Application layer filtering
  • Reputation based filtering
  • DoS prevention

How has it helped my organization?

The UI has improved a lot over time.

What needs improvement?

In most cases, all products have room for improvement and in this particular case, I’d mention central management stability.

For how long have I used the solution?

My personal experience with the product is six years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

HA configuration is a bit difficult for the first time.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's very stable and mature.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

I've never approached customer service with regards to this particular product.

Technical Support:

I've never approached tech support with regards to this particular product.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I’ve been familiar with the product since its predecessor, Sidewinder G2 so have not made a switch, apart from upgrading to newer versions.

How was the initial setup?

Initial set-up is straightforward except for high-availability and heartbeat VLAN set-up, I had issues with it, but these were solved eventually.

What about the implementation team?

We used a mixed team and we were satisfied with the vendor's professional service.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes we did, but I cannot reveal the others we looked at.

What other advice do I have?

It's a very functional and stable product if you're looking for a Layer 7 firewall with reputation filtering and encrypted traffic inspection.


Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.

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