Stormshield Network Security Review

It provides reports of which internal machines may have security issues by passively monitoring traffic, but it has no multi-master clustering for scaling.


What is most valuable?

  • Very good Web user interface
  • Reports about internal machines needing security fixes
  • Simple clustering

How has it helped my organization?

Tells me which internal machines could have security issues by passively monitoring traffic and spotting un-patched systems.

What needs improvement?

Being more cost effective. I went with a pair of Watchguard M300 recently when buying a new firewall cluster for our own use because it was way cheaper than NetASQ/Stormshield N700 while being faster, and it offers true multi-master firewall clustering if needed.

For how long have I used the solution?

3+ years

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

Not really.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

None.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No multi-master clustering.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

Very good. Because of their presales support helping me with initial setup, I decided to go with NetASQ in the first place. Support after the sale has been equally good as well.

Technical Support:

Excellent.

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

Cisco ASA. Their GUI was OK for most things, but when I had to start messing with CLI, GUI was no longer safe option to use.

How was the initial setup?

A bit more complex, because I turned on man security features. For simple packet filter it would be way easier than with Cisco.

What about the implementation team?

Both. Vendor helped us a lot during preparation and initial setup. Very pleased with their technical expertise.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Lower prices for the entry level boxes. Competition is not bad at lower prices.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: My company is a partner with the local distributor of NetASQ on other products.
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