Compare Hillstone E-Series vs. OpenVPN

Hillstone E-Series is ranked 7th in Enterprise Infrastructure VPN with 2 reviews while OpenVPN is ranked 2nd in Enterprise Infrastructure VPN with 11 reviews. Hillstone E-Series is rated 8.6, while OpenVPN is rated 9.0. The top reviewer of Hillstone E-Series writes "Secure connectivity and active directory integration simplifies remote working". On the other hand, the top reviewer of OpenVPN writes "My solution for connecting two DRBD farms". Hillstone E-Series is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Palo Alto Networks WildFire and Sophos XG, whereas OpenVPN is most compared with Palo Alto Networks Prisma Access, F5 BIG-IP and Sangfor EasyConnect. See our Hillstone E-Series vs. OpenVPN report.
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The initial setup was straightforward. It only took a few hours to deploy.Working with the Hillstone E-Series has, from a remote perspective, allowed me to give my clients a secure connectivity.

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The features I have found to be most valuable are the levels of encryption I can enact and the compression I can apply to improve throughput.Provided the easiest UX for our end-users and had the greatest interoperability with all the operating systems we used, including but not limited to: iOS, Android, OS X, Windows, and Linux.The compatibility with almost any Linux operating system, and how easy it is to write scripts and generate keys for people to use and log in. I found it easy to deploy quickly.A valuable feature for us is its ability to see the new Citrix server as a local server within the company. And it allows us to test abroad.It can securely do remote product updates... just as if it was on our LAN.You can do local subnet blocking.Provides privacy and cryptography for my network communication.It allows our employees to work remotely across Mac, Windows, and Linux platforms.

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The solution doesn't have a web proxy built into the system like Sophos. This is something they should work to change.I am not sure if this solution offers active directory integration. Adding that feature will definitely be an advantage.

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If there was a Graphical User Interface to help streamline the configuration, I believe OpenVPN would probably venture more into the non-geek realm as it were.The upgrade path from older versions was more difficult than we wanted to tackle, so we ran an older version of the software for longer than I wanted. Patching, updating, and migrating to newer versions was a problem for us. That said, we were on a rather old version that I inherited yet it worked rock solid.If someone's key is not working, or if we had to remove someone's permission from it, or maybe an employee left the company and we had to take their key out, that seemed a little bit more complicated than it had to be.I think right now the GUI part of it is locked out behind the pay wall. It could use something that gives it a very basic, minimal, graphic interface for logging in, for the community version. That would probably be a good step forward.If we had to create something for someone who was not necessarily tech savvy, I had to set that up on their computer, I had to write "read me's" and other things so that they could install their client and then connect to the VPN by themselves. So it was hard to set up for people who are not tech savvy.I would like to see a simpler interface, so that we can make the connection between the local network using the LAN IP.I would be more happy with the idea of licensing to have a reduced price with longer, grouped, annual fees. We have a lot of other software that does the same thing. It's a little higher price if you're going with a shorter stint, but there's a reduction in price for three- and five-year contracts.They may have this already, but it would be nice to be able to get more notifications if a site drops unexpectedly.

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With regard to setup cost, pricing and/or licensing, the simple answer is that you'll need to set aside some time to learn it and experiment with it.At one point I had to purchase addition connection licenses. I was very pleased with the pricing and licensing; so much easier than navigating the confusing jungle of Microsoft and Cisco licensing and pricing. That alone made the product a delight to manage.Begin with the community version and upgrade to paid one if the need arises.The product's pricing is good value, definitely. It is one of the best features, I would say. Evaluate the product before seeing which type of licensing is good for you. I think there is a good evaluation method available for OpenVPN, so you can just evaluate if it meets your needs. Then go forward with the right licensing policy.I would say the product's pricing is a good value. I would recommend to other companies to implement it. I've seen other software, in tandem with the service, to be very expensive.The Pro Edition has a reasonable price per user.It is free, you buy support.

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Hillstone E-Series next generation firewalls provide visibility and control of web applications regardless of port, protocol, or evasive action. It can identify and prevent potential threats associated with high-risk applications while providing policy-based control over applications, users, and user-groups. Policies can be defined that guarantee bandwidth to mission-critical applications while restricting or blocking inappropriate or malicious applications. Hillstone E-Series firewalls incorporate comprehensive network security and advanced firewall features. They provide superior price performance, excellent energy efficiency, and a smaller size when compared to competing products.

OpenVPN is an open-source software application that implements virtual private network techniques for creating secure point-to-point or site-to-site connections in routed or bridged configurations and remote access facilities.

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