WatchGuard XTM [EOL] Review

Based on WG, we can deploy 30 offices in a few days, and maintain an excellent visibility of the network traffic for the entire network, using a single console.​


What is most valuable?

Performance, Security Services integration, Management, Tools all included, VPN.

How has it helped my organization?

Security is a requirement for any organization, using WG products you can deploy faster solutions to big problems with a fair price.

Based on WG, we can deploy 30 offices in a few days, and maintain an excellent visibility of the network traffic for the entire network, using a single console.

What needs improvement?

Intrusion Prevention, Antivirus, and Data Loss Prevention

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been working with WatchGuard products for more than 15 years. With these specific appliances +2 years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

In my experience with WG, stability issues are associated with bad configurations.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Yes, in the past you could base on the same appliance, in some cases up to three different models. You could grow your performance and capabilities using a license. Now, you need to replace the appliance.

How is customer service and technical support?

Seven out of 10, with too many areas to improve, when you have many years of experience with the appliances. For new users the rating could be 9+.

Which solutions did we use previously?

We moved because of price, management, stability, scalability.

How was the initial setup?

Super easy to deploy, in this area WG is the best.

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

Always consider competitive trade and long-term licensing, to get the best price. if not, the product is expensive.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Cisco, CheckPoint, Fortinet, Palo Alto.

What other advice do I have?

Base your design on traffic and throughput, not on users. If you don't, your performance will be affected. WG is an excellent product for small and medium business. For large environments, the performance and features need to be revised and other vendors can offer better solutions.

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