Most Helpful Review
We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
Among the top features are integrated threat defence and the fact that each virtual appliance is separate so you get great granular control.
The transparency of the single UI to ensure security. A product has to be simple so that an administrator can use it.
The integration and configuration were pretty straightforward.
It is a comprehensive suite and complete package.
I like the hostwatch because I can see what traffic uses the most bandwidth and I can block that site.
I could still keep the data rates really high, up near the two gigahertz data speeds, without compromise on the security perimeters being acted simultaneously.
We have used technical support for WatchGuard many times and overall, we are satisfied with it. They are always listening and there is a good reaction time to our findings. When there are issues, they really try to resolve them.
Application Control is fantastic with over 2,500 applications and the granularity that we can either allow people to view but not be able to log on to Facebook; or view it and log onto it if they're in the marketing department, but not play Facebook games. There are all sorts of different options like that. So it's highly granular.
Reputation Enabled Defense indicates that some websites are so infested that it's not even worth visiting them, and therefore saving the bandwidth of going through the detection process.
They have a reporting system which can store data over a very long period of time. Not many other firewall vendors provide a reporting system, but if they do, like Fortinet does, then you've got buy that as an additional product and that can be more than twice as expensive as the initial investment in the firewall. And without reporting over a long-term period, you're just about wasting your time.
It is stable and does not require you to reboot all the time.
It configures in all-in-one place.
There are always vulnerabilities that come up and there was one in early 2018 but this was patched with software updates.
The artificial intelligence and machine learning (behavioral based threat detection), which I can this will be coming out in another year, these are what we need now.
Even on a smaller scale, people are finding you need HA pairs, and there's no way that the ASA can do that, at least in the virtual version.
Cisco ASA should be easier to use. It is a bit tough to navigate and see what is going on.
The setting policies need improvement. It needs an easier way to do static NAT and check on what policy is being used for that specific traffic.
Setup of this solution is complex, it's not plug and play.
Sometimes we have had issues with stability of the product.
WatchGuard doesn't have a product that allows them to get into the data center. And that's just because there is no hardware to do the job. The software could do it, but there's no hardware that allows that to happen at the moment. So it doesn't scale as well as some other products, that's for sure.
The initial setup is neither simple nor complex. If you know the base in networking and how the firewall works, you will be able to figure it out.
Cloud-based central administration of all devices from one point would be nice
Syslog (Dimension) is focused on presentation, but needs more focus on utility like SonicWall syslog (GMS/Analyzer).
The VPN errors are not helpful when troubleshooting.
Pricing and Cost Advice
We are partners with Cisco. They are always one call away, which is good. They know how to keep their customers happy.
With the Cisco ASA, you do get what you pay for. What would really be awesome is to see Cisco blow out a real cheap version where you can use the sandbox, but leave it step-wise and go to another product relatively easily, like getting you hooked on candy.
Purchasing from the AWS Marketplace was easy. It was just point and click.
It is pay-as-you-go, so it much cheaper than buying in the plants.
Our individual release cycle has been quicker because the entire development and testing environment has been automated because of these virtual instances. It has aligned our development workflow. This is where we have seen the ROI increase.
The licensing and renewal is very expensive.
Like all other manufacturers, there are a lot of features and different pricing. The best is to talk to a representative.
Very competitive pricing regarding throughput compared to other alternatives.
It costs less than the SO works and others (like SonicWall, Cisco, and Barracuda) without increasing so much CPU use.
Get at least a maintenance contract for the updates and take a larger WatchGuard than you need. A WatchGuard creates new ways to secure your network.
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Also Known As
|Adaptive Security Virtual Appliance|
|Small businesses need big security, too, and the WatchGuard XTM Series firewall/VPN appliances deliver that strong protection Ð but without the hefty price tag. Enterprise-grade security includes full HTTPS content inspection, VoIP support, and optional security subscriptions like Application Control and Intrusion Prevention Service.|
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