April 01, 2009
- Ease of Use:
- Value for Money:
- Overall Rating:
- Strengths: A lot of functionality, including good integration support, in a single easy-to-use appliance
- Weaknesses: A bit pricey
- Verdict: If you need a lot of functionality and can afford it, this is a good UTM choice
Cyberoam's UTM appliance offers the full UTM feature set, including a stateful inspection firewall, IPSec VPN, SSL VPN, IPS, gateway anti-virus and anti-spyware, and gateway anti-spam.
This appliance also includes a solid web content filter and blocking for applications such as IM and P2P.
Setup of this appliance is quite simple and is done using a quick four-step wizard that helps define the IP and network settings and puts an initial policy in place. From there, the rest of the configuration and management for this UTM is done through an intuitive, web-based administration GUI.
The main dashboard provides an easy-to-read system overview and near real-time statistics on various aspects such as recent attacks, viruses and web surfing. Policy management is simple and the appliance has many default policies in place for firewall, IPS and web content filtering.
This appliance performed well under our tests. The IPS was able to detect almost all of the attacks, but it only dropped a few with the default policy in place.
As for integration, this appliance can be integrated with Active Directory, LDAP and Radius for policy assignment and user management with the SSL VPN.
Documentation includes a quick-start guide that illustrates basic setup and wizard steps, as well as a very detailed user guide. The user guide is in PDF format and provides in-depth advance configuration of the product features. Both of these guides helpfully include many screenshots, diagrams and configuration examples.
Cyberoam provides a free one-year subscription for 8/5 support with the purchase of the appliance. This includes access to web, phone, email and chat support along with software upgrades. It also includes access to the knowledgebase and customer support web portal. Additional support options are available from Cyberoam on a subscription basis.
At a price just under £2,389, this appliance is fair value for the money. The Cyberoam CR200i brings together a lot of nice features in one easy-to-use and simple-to-manage platform, but is still at the higher end of the price spectrum.
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