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July/August 2007

Unified Threat Management: Secure Computing's Sidewinder 2150 v7

UNIFIED THREAT MANAGEMENT Sidewinder 2150 v7 REVIEWED BY DAVID STROM Secure Computing Price: Varies; as tested, $35,900 In its June issue, Information Security tested six Unified Threat Management (UTM) boxes; this month we review Secure Computing Sidewinder UTM, specifically the large-enterprise 2150 appliance. The new Sidewinder release was too late for the comparative evaluation, but would stack up in the middle of the pack. Enterprise Management/Control B-   Sidewinder has a collection of different software management tools. Unlike most other UTM products, it does not have a built-in Web server but uses a Windows-based tool that doesn't run on Vista yet. One big drawback is that the product doesn't include a DHCP server for the local network; you'll need to supply your own. It took about an hour to set up. Sidewinder doesn't allow multiple concurrent administrators to save configurations, although they can view configuration and monitor operations. It also comes with dual power supplies, which is handy if one fails. It also ...

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