Panda GateDefender Integra
April 01, 2009
£1,090 hardware, plus from £13.25 per one-year licence
- Ease of Use:
- Value for Money:
- Overall Rating:
- Strengths: Easy to set up and manage, with many nice features
- Weaknesses: IPS rules are in report mode by default
- Verdict: Needs a bit of help in its documentation but typical Panda quality and ease of use
Panda's GateDefender Integra 300 has a full set of UTM features, including a firewall that can filter on both a static network level and dynamic application level, an IPS that scans protocols such as IP, ICMP, TCP and UDP, a full VPN server that allows for SSL, IPSec, PPTP and L2TP, anti-malware filtering through its signature-based and heuristic detection technologies, a web content filter and gateway anti-spam.
This product has a fairly straightforward install that is guided by a setup wizard. This wizard helps to set the IP settings and deployment mode easily, and to set up an initial policy and update the appliance so it's ready to go.
After the wizard completes, administration and management are done using the web-based GUI, which is well organised and intuitive to navigate.
Policy creation is simple. Most policies can be configured by simply ticking a box or activating a rule.
The only place this appliance falls short is the fact that IPS rules are all set by default to report-only mode.
To turn them on is a very tedious process and leaves room for a large amount of human error, not ideal in a product of this nature.
The only documentation we received was a small getting-started manual that details initial configuration and deployment of the device.
This manual states that further documentation is available on the website, but when we went to the URL stated in the manual it turned out to be a page of products for home users.
Panda Security offers no-cost 8/5 phone and email technical support to all customers.
There is also support available on the Panda Security website, which includes a knowledgebase, FAQ section and useful product-related news.
At just over £1,000 fully licensed for one year for 50 users, this product is fairly good value for money.
While it does require recurring subscription costs, GateDefender Integra has many excellent features and there is little learning-curve overhead when it comes to managing this product, unlike some of the other offerings under test.
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