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January 2007

UTM product review: WatchGuard Technologies' Firebox X 1250e

UNIFIED THREAT MANAGEMENT Firebox X 1250e REVIEWED BY BRENT HUSTON WatchGuard Technologies Price: Ranges from $2,290 (plus $4,420 for UTM bundle for the Firebox X550e) to $3,790 (plus $7,400 for the UTM bundle for the 1250e) @exb @exe WatchGuard's unified threat management (UTM) appliances are a one-stop shop for border security needs, especially for a small- to medium-sized business. We evaluated the Firebox X1250e, which features eight 10/100 interfaces, stateful packet inspection, application proxies, remote-user and site-to-site VPN, and optional modules for gateway antivirus, antispyware and antispam protection, plus URL filtering. Configuration/Management A Setup is straightforward. We followed the included quick- start guide to get the device working in less than an hour. The management interface is one of the best we've seen. The rules setup is logical and does not require knowing any cryptic languages. The proxies and other features are well integrated, and can be configured and enabled/disabled easily for each rule. ...

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