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Opinions on Firewall Appliances...

Opinions on Firewall Appliances...

Opinions on Firewall Appliances...


Hopefully someone can give me some good comparisons, either links to reviews or personal experience.

We are looking into getting a Firewall Appliance for our office.  We are a small business, in the 25-75 person range, and our Internet connection is a 1.5Mbps T1 through a Cisco 1720 router.  

Right now we only use the connection for E-mail (hosted at our ISP for now), and web access.  In the future, we plan on the ability for remote users, or more like AS/400 to AS/400 communication, to send or receive electronic patient billing records.

Security is, of course, a main concern, what with new regulations on the health insurance / health care industries.

To the meat of the question:  We are looking at the following -

1.  Symantec's Velociraptor 500 -- only downfall we see is the price and the limit of 50 users (after 50 the firewall shuts down).

2.  Cisco PIX 515R -- provided through our ISP as a reseller.

3.  3Com Superstack 3 firewall -- Just started reading on this and don't know much about it, other than the cost!

4.  Open to suggestions, as long as it's a pre-packaged, configured firewall.

As a background, we just plan to have Internet, E-mail, one or two FTP clients and that's about it.  I plan on having a DMZ with a web proxy and eventually our won mail server.

Any help on what would make the better choice for now and for the future is greatly appreciated!

J.R. Juiliano
Information Systems Specialist
Tri-City Emergency Medical Group

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