Strengths: A lot of features at a low cost
Weaknesses: Nothing that we found
Verdict: A solid product and the price is right. We give Cyberoam CR50ia our Best Buy award
Cyberoam CR50ia is more than a usual UTM, as it brings together features such as firewall, IPS, anti-virus, anti-spyware, anti-spam, content filtering and SSL VPN, but also includes extra features such as application control and data leakage prevention.
We found this appliance to be very easy to deploy. The initial deployment consists of connecting it to the network and accessing the web-based interface from a network computer. At first login this interface launches a setup wizard that guides through not only setting up network configuration but also through setting up a base policy.
After the setup wizard is complete the appliance reboots and advanced configuration can be completed from the web GUI. This was quite intuitive and it was easy to navigate around in. Configuring functions and policies was also simple and intuitive, since there were already a few comprehensive templates to work with and build from.
Documentation provided with this product included a short quick-start guide that illustrates the steps necessary to get the appliance connected to the network, as well as getting through the setup wizard. There are also various administrator and user guides available that help with configuring advanced features and the functions of the appliance. All of these guides included many screenshots and configuration examples.
Cyberoam CR50ia comes with a one-year free warranty and a subscription for 8/5 support that includes telephone, email and chat support, along with a software upgrade. It also includes access to the knowledgebase, customer support portal and the Cyberoam Security Center. After the first year has passed additional support can be purchased at a variety of levels for a range of prices.
At a price of £892 we find this product to be excellent value for the money. It couples low cost with a lot of features that are flexible and easy to configure. We give it our Best Buy award this month.