Panda GateDefender Performa 9500
Strengths: Protects against a large number of web and email threats and uses heuristics to detect unknowns
Weaknesses: Documentation lacked screenshots and setup is completely manual
Verdict: Feature-rich but with a few small problems. This product shows lots of promise
Panda GateDefender Performa 9500 is a full function anti-malware gateway and a web filter and application control gateway. It can protect against a multitude of threats including viruses, worms, Trojans, spyware, diallers, phishing and even hacking tools. The outbound SMTP protection identifies infected computers sending spam and malware without users' knowledge and contains the infection.
We found this product to be fairly straightforward to install. The initial configuration is done via the web-based interface that includes setting up IP and network information. It does not have a setup wizard and all configuration is done by manual setup via the web GUI. The web interface is easy to navigate and offers intuitive controls.
We found it quite simple to configure the appliance and set up the various types of protection. The majority of the protection policies can be turned on or off via check boxes or action drop down lists. It can also pull groups and users from Active Directory or LDAP for simple setup of access and protection policies.
Documentation provided with this appliance included a short installation guide containing a few screenshots and diagrams, which details the initial configuration steps to get the product up and running in the network. A PDF user guide focuses on configuring the policies and various product features. It contained icon illustrations and step-by-step instructions but some screenshots would have been a nice supplement to the documentation.
Panda Security offers phone and email support during business hours Monday to Friday at no cost to customers. There is also a full knowledgebase, FAQ section and documentation download area available on the website at no cost.
At a price just over c£6,400, based on appliance total protection licences for 12 months for up to 1,000 users, the Panda GateDefender Performa 9500 may seem quite pricey but it does offer a lot in terms of functionality. We find it to be good value for the money.