Network World: Six Unified Threat Management Units Reviewed

The world of unified threat management appliances continues to evolve. In my 2013 UTM review, I looked at units from Check Point Software (which topped the ratings), Dell/Sonicwall, Elitecore Technologies’ Cyberoam, Fortinet, Juniper Networks, Kerio Technologies, Sophos, and Watchguard Technologies.

This year I reviewed the Calyptix AccessEnforcer AE800, Check Point Software’s 620, Dell/Sonicwall’s NSA 220 Wireless-N, Fortinet’s FortiWiFi-92D, Sophos’ UTM SG125 and Watchguard Technologies’ Firebox T10-W (pictured below). With the exception of Calyptix, the other five are all in Gartner’s “leader” quadrant of their latest UTM report. We contacted other vendors including Cisco, Juniper and Netgear, but they declined to participate. In addition, Sophos has purchased the Cyberoam line and will combine its features with its existing UTM products sometime next year.

WG ROGUE ap detectionOverall, the market has slowly evolved more than had any big revolutionary changes. Products are getting better in terms of features and price/performance. All six of these units will do fine for securing small offices of 25 people.

You can read the review here, check out a slideshow of the screenshots of typical features here, and watch a short (two minute) screencast video summarizing the major points of the review here.

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