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What is McAfee StoneGate [EOL]?
StoneGate is a Highly Available Firewall/VPN. The StoneGate fault-tolerant VPN maintains sessions across multiple VPN devices and multiple Internet or network connections, regardless of device or connection failures. StoneGate provides Security, Manageability, Availability, and Scalability thus reducing network security complexity and costs. Stonesoft was the inventor of high availability for security solutions and a recognized leader in network security.

McAfee StoneGate [EOL] is also known as McAfee Next Generation Firewall, Stonesoft, Intel Next Generation Firewall, Intel Security StoneGate.

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McAfee StoneGate [EOL] Customers
Avency, R€SLER Oberfl_chentechnik GmbH, MAUSER Group, CEMEX, Cegedim, Fusion Media Networks
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Computer Framework at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
It works well with a highly-active cluster.

Pros and Cons

  • "It works well with a highly-active cluster."
  • "We did not have issues with scalabiliy."
  • "After some experience with the solution, we had to do some redesign, but generally, we were happy with the product."

What is our primary use case?

My primary use case is for firewall protection. It is a highly available cluster for firewall protection of a site.

How has it helped my organization?

It is important for us in case of a disaster, or in case of a failure of one server. This means that the high availability is the most important part for us. It is important for us that the system is available and no connection is going to be lost if the system is restarting one note, or something like that. This is the main request for us for a good firewall protection product.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is that there is the possibility to have a highly-active cluster, which allowed us to switch off on one note without any connection loss.

What needs improvement?

After some experience with the solution, we had to do some redesign, but generally, we were happy with the product.

For how long have I used the solution?

One to three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability of the product is fantastic. It is a really proofed system. I never have had any type of problem where the system was unstable, or even a a software failure. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

In terms of the scalability of the solution, we had two nodes. It was never necessary to add a third node. It was an HP DL360 server which was designed for this application. We had to change it once because the server was too old. We never had any kind of performance problems. If there were ever problems, it was due to the server being too old. But, never any other scalability issues.

How is customer service and technical support?

I can't comment on technical support, because we really did not use it other than for downloading new versions or for upgrading. We personally do our own application updates.

How was the initial setup?

The setup was very straightforward. It was really simple to implement. I had to take a three day course to know how it works, and then I knew how to set it up. 

What was our ROI?

One big advantage of this product is that it has the possibility to make a lot of network cards inside. It allows many DMZs. We had a lot of workers who were connected to our site, and we needed to divide them on the firewall basic, giving them their own network cards. It was possible to do, because it was w server, and not an appliance only for ports. We were happy to make this happen.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

In the past, we had CheckPoint. But, they did not have a really highly available solution. It was very complex to setup. 

What other advice do I have?

When considering a vendor, I often consider the real functionality of the product. If it is not functional, we really can't set it up properly.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
it_user275220
Network Security Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Consultant
The HA cluster had issues during deployment, but the solution gives us better application control than with our previous solution.

What is most valuable?

Apprism is valuable.

How has it helped my organization?

It has given us better application control.

What needs improvement?

It's not user friendly in terms of administration, and it doesn't support SSL VPN.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using it for three years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

There were issues with the HA cluster.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

HA failover is not stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

So far we haven't had any issues.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service: 5/10. Technical Support: 4/10.

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

McAfee came from Sidewinder, and…

What is most valuable?

Apprism is valuable.

How has it helped my organization?

It has given us better application control.

What needs improvement?

It's not user friendly in terms of administration, and it doesn't support SSL VPN.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using it for three years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

There were issues with the HA cluster.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

HA failover is not stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

So far we haven't had any issues.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

5/10.

Technical Support:

4/10.

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

McAfee came from Sidewinder, and Sidewinder didn't have much issues in terms of cluster.

How was the initial setup?

It's straightforward, no different than other technology.

What about the implementation team?

We did it in-house.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also looked at an option from CheckPoint.

What other advice do I have?

HA should be more stable, as most customers are concerned with HA failover - how fast and how stable it is.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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it_user216561
Presales System Engineer with 51-200 employees
Vendor
It's not so complicated to set up but the hard drive has some issues.

What is most valuable?

High availability is very consistent Good firewalling Stability

How has it helped my organization?

Before the installation of the firewall, the network was divided into less zones and the administration was more difficult to manage.

What needs improvement?

The hardware needs improving as we had a lot of problems with the hard drive reliability, both with the firewall and the intrusion protection system.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've used it for three years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

None in particular.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Nothing except for a few hard drive fails.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We did need to scale.

How are customer

What is most valuable?

  • High availability is very consistent
  • Good firewalling
  • Stability

How has it helped my organization?

Before the installation of the firewall, the network was divided into less zones and the administration was more difficult to manage.

What needs improvement?

The hardware needs improving as we had a lot of problems with the hard drive reliability, both with the firewall and the intrusion protection system.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've used it for three years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

None in particular.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Nothing except for a few hard drive fails.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We did need to scale.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

8/10 when they needed to help us.

Technical Support:

7/10.

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

Previously the solution was Netasq. The new architecture and the product was chosen by the customer.

How was the initial setup?

Not so complicated. You just need to understand the solution with an external management console instead of an HTTP one.

What about the implementation team?

We implemented it in-house with the support of the internal IT team.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Palo Alto but it was more expensive.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: We are a reseller.