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Reporting. The products have varying methods for producing reports, with different levels of details. All of the vendors except Astaro sell separate reporting tools (not evaluated for this review) that work across their larger security product lines. This assumes that you have more than just UTM boxes from these vendors and want to consolidate reports so that all firewall information is in one place, all IDS alerts are in another, and so forth. This may not work for all usage scenarios, and could be cumbersome if you have multiple vendors' products in your data center. Having to purchase add-on reporting tools somewhat undercuts the purpose of having an integrated appliance.
Astaro includes reports as part of the Web administrative interface and produces an "executive report," which doesn't do much more than show some nice graphs of traffic flows.
This was first published in June 2007