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Alternatively, UTM can be incorporated gradually. Consider Able Body Labor, a staffing firm with 130 locations in 16 states. Able Body complemented its central and branch office firewalls by adding a UTM appliance with centralized management.
"It was increasingly more than a full-time job to manage all of our firewalls and logs," says Paul Zimorski, CIO. "For example, each time we wanted to update approved Web sites, making that change manually on 127 firewalls could take about three weeks."
Now, after deploying a SonicWALL 4300 with Sonic-WALL's Global Management System, that kind of change takes Able Body's technicians just half an hour.
"We were initially going to put the 4300 at the corporate office, but didn't want to take everything down, so we plugged the 4300 in at our [co-location] facility instead," says Zimorski. "In addition to content filtering, we use IPS, antivirus and antipyware on the 4300."
By routing all traffic through the 4300, Able Body avoided adding licenses or load to the existing SonicWall 3060 appliances at its headquarters. One 3600 protects its Web/ email network, and a second secures corporate Internet access.
The 4300 is meeting AbleBody's current performance needs, including 5.5 gigabytes of database
updated daily from headquarters to the colo SAN. Time will tell, however, how well it can meet the company's future demands, says Zimorski.
This was first published in March 2007