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You may also use the appliance to enforce client desktop security configuration--provided that you use Symantec client security products, such as AV and personal firewall. Noncompliant clients may be quarantined for remediation.
The 5660 we tested is the high end of Symantec's integrated security series, with 10 built-in 1 Gb Ethernet ports, and support for four additional fiber interfaces. SMBs may wish to consider the lower-end 5640 or 5620. The base product includes the appliance, firewall functionality and unlimited gateway-to-gateway VPN sessions, with added costs for the other security features.
Some enterprises will prefer to diversify their security lineup, opting for best-of-breed and eschewing dependence on a single vendor. However, the 5600 series is an attractive choice for strong, easy-to-manage security capabilities or an integrated solution for resource-poor branch offices.
This was first published in March 2006