WatchGuard Firebox Scalability

IT Manager at a engineering company
With my needs and my network, I feel we could add bandwidth and add users for a while, before we would run into any issues. It's scalable for my needs with my device. View full review »
Joseph Jansen
IT Specialist at Art Students League
We haven't hit a limit. We have the wireless running through it, a camera system running through it. There are 50 workstations running through it, as well as servers. I don't have any problems with it whatsoever. View full review »
Hiro Amano
IT Manager at Yamazen Inc
Since everything is integrated, when there is really high user traffic, especially to the different locations, including email and everything coming in at one time, I see very high CPUs. It may not be as scalable as having three or four different devices running, one for each task. The bandwidth is good but we only have a 15 meg fibre to this location and I see high CPU usage, so I wonder how far it can go up. It's working well for us but if you are trying to go to 200 or 300 meg of bandwidth you may need to get a bigger WatchGuard. We don't have any plans to increase usage in the future. It has a hotspot client access which we're somewhat interested in, but we don't have many guests coming into our offices. That's the one area where we might spend some time. View full review »
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Jon Leib
Information Technology Specialist at a healthcare company with 51-200 employees
We have not reached any scalability issues, so far. We have used it in clinics as small as a few practitioners and ones that have more than 30 providers. We have never experienced any issues with the product slowing down or failing in any way. There are five different users, I'm the main power user of it, and I essentially set up the rule sets and work to ensure that the system is delivering what is needed. The other users are more of administrative users who are viewing the web traffic within their own departments. View full review »
IT Manager at Horizon Forest Products
We don't really have any experience with the scalability. We implemented the appropriate devices for our size and we haven't really grown to the point that we've had to upgrade devices. The scalability is fine in the sense that we have some locations with more people, and WatchGuard has a slightly beefier device than we use at some of our smaller locations. All in all, it works well. All of our networks are managed by WatchGuard. If we add locations we'll be using it for them as well in the future, although we don't have new locations on the horizon. We use it every day because it manages our network. Because all of our network traffic runs through WatchGuard, everybody uses it. But they're not using it for a specific function, other than to communicate between locations. View full review »
Richard Marcin
Sr. Systems Administrator at a individual & family service with 201-500 employees
The scalability is good, assuming you buy the right model. They make it easy to trade up to a bigger model without having a big, financial impact, giving you a discount to trade up. View full review »
Joseph Redmond
Woodworker at Creative Woodworking NW
It appears to be scalable. Scalability doesn't apply to me very much. I did have to buy a new router since the last one wasn't powerful enough. But it was not too bad because I was able to upload all my previous settings to this new one. It handles our entire network, but I don't have any plans on increasing usage. We have 15 employees and everyone uses it for some sort of connection, whether it be for their phones to connect to our server for our time-tracking system, or for our office computers. I'm the only person who takes care of its maintenance. View full review »
I.T. Manager at a construction company with 201-500 employees
There is scalability because they have different models to choose from, as long as you buy right. We have 500 employees and about 150 users. I'm sure we have plans to increase usage. In terms of how extensively it is being used, it's filtering every piece of internet traffic we have. View full review »
John Giacco
Network Administrator at Peace Bridge
I am not sure what I can scale up to. It meets our needs, though. We're not a growing company. We are sort of a static company in terms of growth. As a static company, we are not looking to increase our usage. We have around 200 users, who are tradesmen, toll collectors, administrators, accountants, and auditors. View full review »
Rick Phillips
IT Manager at IDI Distributors Inc.
Scalability for me would mean, as we add more branch locations, the firewall here can support all of those VPN connections, and I'm not even scratching the service of what it can hit. It's very scalable. View full review »
Shaun Sheng
Technical Support at Dataworld Computer Center
In terms of updates, it is one of the easiest firewalls to update. I just download the latest one and let it work until it reboots. In the company where the M200 was implemented, they have fifty users. View full review »
John Rhines
Network Administrator at Advanced Software Designs
It's been able to handle anything we've thrown at it so far. We've never had an issue. We upgrade as the models we have become obsolete. We upgrade to newer ones and they're usually on a three-year rotation, which is fine for us. View full review »
Prepress/Systems Manager at a printing company with 51-200 employees
It is very scalable. I don't see an issue with scaling. I could always add another system by buying a new box and adding the connection. It would be easy. I would assume anybody connected to the Internet is using WatchGuard, because they are using their block sites, etc. Everybody in our company is using the Internet, which is around 60 to 70 people. However, the people who are really using it are the people that work at different remote locations and login either via the tunnel or VPN. That is roughly around 15 to 20 people who do data entry and processing. We do not have plans to increase usage for a couple years. View full review »
John Farmer
Manager/Senior Systems Administrator at a tech services company
It is very scalable. Everyone in our company is using the firewall. So, everyone goes through it, but they are not actually interfacing with it. I am the only one interfacing with it. The product is fully implemented. We do not have plans to increase usage currently. View full review »
Ryan Baskharoon
Operations Manager at DLL Technologies
This product is very scalable: from the Total Security Suite to adding an extra module, to getting an extended tech support contract. View full review »
Owner at
I haven't seen any restrictions as far as the scalability is concerned, so it seems to be just fine. All of our users are just office workers. View full review »
Roman Laminin
Technical Consultant at Rainbow Security
There is no problem with the scalability. If I need a more powerful appliance then I can buy it, but I can also use less powerful devices. Overall, scalability is ok with this solution. We have about fifty people using this solution. There are two IT specialists, and all of the rest are salespeople, office support, etc. View full review »
CFO at a tech vendor with 11-50 employees
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