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BrianCook
Reseller
Senior Technology Specialist - VP at Unified Technology Solutions
Jul 30 2020

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature for us is the ease of use. We don't have to go crazy trying to figure out how to do something. It allows you to make changes, set things up, turn… more »

How has it helped my organization?

It does antivirus, malware, and ransomware. We feel the coverage is complete across the entire spectrum of malware, viruses, and most ransomware. It also covers some types… more »

What needs improvement?

The one feature that seemed to be missing for a while that they finally just readded was the ability to filter by known IP lists, either specific countries, or lists of… more »

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

It's generally inexpensive compared to a lot of other products out there. We don't use the solution’s high-availability/failover protection. For our market, it just hasn't… more »

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

We have a mix. A lot of our customers are just building or starting to manage thier network, so this is their first new product that didn't come from an office store. We… more »

What other advice do I have?

It's definitely well suited for and marketed for SMBs but could some enterprises use it? I believe that they could. I believe that there are some spots in the enterprise… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We do evaluate other products both before we choose Kerio Control and on a regular bases. We do have one or two smaller firewall product that we use for the true… more »
Andy Dibble
Real User
IT Manager at Flare Technologies
Aug 19 2020

What is most valuable?

The most common feature is the Traffic Rules, so the users can define which network or which users access which internet interface. But bandwidth management and content filtering are also commonly… more »

How has it helped my organization?

The way it improves the way our company functions is through the VPN, because we offer support services. Normally, we would have to rely on TeamViewer to a computer on board, or to get on the phone… more »

What needs improvement?

Sometimes it might not be detailed enough, or it might have more details but the customers just don't know where to look. The issue is usually when it comes to specific packets. Sometimes they find it… more »

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

Pricing depends on the requirements. The more powerful boxes, like the NG500, are more expensive on licensing terms, depending on how you license them. At the moment, the NG500 doesn't have an… more »

What other advice do I have?

Regardless of whether you get a box or virtual, the interface is nearly always the same. There are very few changes between versions. Research what you think you're going to need. Don't just buy the… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

The other real experience I've had is with Cisco ASA, Palo Alto, and WatchGuard. The Cisco was more complicated and people didn't really like it because it was a more complicated interface or it… more »
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Frank Raasveld
Real User
Owner at Fr@nkonnections
Aug 02 2020

What is most valuable?

* Security * Ease of use * Ease of install * Ease to recover * The load balancing is very easy to maintain. The login appearances are very strong. In case of problems… more »

How has it helped my organization?

Most customers are not able to understand the technology behind it. I am always trying to explain it to my customers. When I show my customers the interface of Kerio… more »

What needs improvement?

With Kerio Connect, they blew it. They were not able to pace up with the competition. I am working with a variety of customers: lawyer offices, travel agencies, big… more »

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

It's not a very expensive solution from my point of view. Because it is not only about buying a product, but how much time does it cost to implement the features that the… more »

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

I have worked with all the firewall systems, like Cisco. I see how people struggle of with it and also how much effort it takes to maintain it and implement rules. Kerio… more »

What other advice do I have?

Kerio Control is very good. The way that you can maintain it, it's very easy. I had an employee who built a copy of the product, which was a very basic interface for the… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I have used Cisco, FortiGate, pfSense, and then more simple router things that have integrated software. However, mostly in business, I don't want to use just a router… more »
Liam Bartlett
Real User
IT & Installations Manager at Odyssey Gaming
Aug 19 2020

What is most valuable?

We turned on two-factor authentication just after the shutdown when we knew we were going to get more users using it. That was the only feature that I've used recently… more »

How has it helped my organization?

The main example of how Kerio has improved my organization would be through the COVID shutdown in terms of just being able to scale. It scales very easily to users that… more »

What needs improvement?

If I would suggest anything, it would be to expand on its multifactor authentication to be a little bit more user-friendly. They should do multifactor authentications for… more »

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

I didn't even blink at the price but I can't even remember what it cost. It was pretty reasonable. The cost was very affordable. We just ended up licensing our own because… more »

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

We have used SonicWall and I've also used Ubiquiti around the place a little bit, but nothing on a production level. We've played around with Ubiquiti internally. We used… more »

What other advice do I have?

The biggest lesson I've learned from using Kerio is that you can quite easily and securely diversify your network security and access without compromising on cost and… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We didn't really look into other solutions. We were using MikroTik routers to do some of the work, but not really. Rather than learn SonicWall, we just switched to Kerio… more »
Freddie Lewis
Real User
Solutions Architect at Clockwork Solutions
Aug 16 2020

What is most valuable?

The top features are ones that we're not using yet but we soon will be because we've just had broadband upgraded in Australia. We've got something called the National Broadband Network, which is… more »

How has it helped my organization?

Its primary job is to protect us and give us a degree of comfort. We're putting a lot of effort into creating a financial trading system. We want some comfort that it's secure behind the quality… more »

What needs improvement?

The antivirus seemed to be a bit laggy on the connection so I disconnected that. It's definitely good. The only issue we've had with any sort of cyber attack seemed to be coming from a couple of… more »

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

I think it is a bit on the pricey side, but it's okay. I've got 50 licenses which I think is $250 a year or something like that. It's not terrible. It's actually cheaper than what we pay for VNC. We… more »

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

We tried a few different Windows-based products. That's how we found Kerio because it offered a Hyper-V solution and it also offered a hardware solution if you wanted. I'll try the software one first… more »

What other advice do I have?

I'm experienced in networking, but I'm not a network engineer per se, I'm more software development. The fact that I was able to get it set up and going with minimal fuss was definitely a plus for the… more »
Matt Gerken
Real User
VP Engineering & Admin at E3 Systems
Jul 08 2020

What is most valuable?

The interface control manager where we can allocate LAN connections to certain VLANs is the most valuable feature. The other feature that's important for us is because everything is remote with… more »

How has it helped my organization?

The single largest component was the introduction of MyKerio and the ability to be able to remotely connect the challenge that we have with MyKerio. By yacht, I'm referring to the 1% of the 1% of the… more »

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

On the licensing side, the way Kerio works, and this is what we have to tell boats, is that if you think that you're going to save some money one year by not licensing it and then next year, you're… more »

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

Kerio Control is something that's being added to most of the network of the boats that we deal with. We deal with a lot of boats that look fantastic on the outside, but on the inside as far as the… more »

What other advice do I have?

We don't necessarily use failover protection. If you have a failover seamlessly set, the boat or the customer won't know that there's been a failure. We don't use the failover because we want the boat… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Evaluating other solutions would be the responsibility of the CIO because everything that we do has to be agreed-upon on a standardized platform as we are the ones that are going to have to support… more »
Greg Regester
Consultant
ICT Consultant at D-R Consulting Pty Ltd
Aug 19 2020

What is most valuable?

It's a combination of authentication, internal network DNS, filtering, and antivirus. It is a standalone product which has a lot of the features that a Windows domain… more »

How has it helped my organization?

Knowing users on the network are confident that they are in a safe and secure network and can't really hurt themselves.

What needs improvement?

There are some pros and cons to its performance when dealing with malware and antivirus features. Maybe once a month, I have gone to a website and it's being blocked. This… more »

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

On the low-end device that I use, it has unlimited IP addresses. So, they have a subscription model where, on the higher models, you pay X dollars for 10 IP addresses… more »

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

I have been using Kerio Control for quite a long time. I didn't use anything else previously.

What other advice do I have?

The overall ease of use depends on your skill set. I have a networking background, so I find it okay. As you get into more advanced features, it's probably a bit… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

The comprehensiveness of the security features this solution provides is the reason why I have stuck with them for so long. It has all the features that I need, and I… more »
Real User
CEO at a computer software company with 1-10 employees
Jul 30 2020

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the reliability of VPN capabilities. The VPN has been very reliable and secure. The security has been very good and the VPN connections are… more »

How has it helped my organization?

We have several offices in different provinces across Canada and because of that, the connection has been very secure and reliable. We haven't had any downtime with it… more »

What needs improvement?

One of the problems we do have causes problems with the VPN. The software slows the throughput down too much. You could have a one-gigabit connection from the internet… more »

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

The pricing is good. Our businesses have been around a long time and we've done that by not being the cheapest, but trying to be the best or one of the best. There's a lot… more »

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

We previously used SonicWall. We were looking for something that was really rock solid. We had a very bad experience with SonicWall and their support was very bad. We had… more »

What other advice do I have?

The machine is a good value for the price and the software is extremely good value for the price. It's proven out to be good, but we're just disappointed in the company… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did look at and we're also an authorized Cisco reseller, but they're doing the same thing as SonicWall now. These big companies forget who puts all the work in. What… more »
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