By Shammi Gill  |  Posted 2001-03-05 Print this article Print

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By Henry Baltazar

Over the past few years, many companies have fallen for the seductive marketing of appliances.

Just as the word "appliance" suggests, products like WatchGuard Technologies Inc.s VPN and firewall appliances can typically be configured in a couple of minutes and usually require very little IT skill to set up, a trait that endears them to IT managers who dont have the staff and the travel budget to send staff to every remote office.

The problems, however, occur when these simple appliances proliferate throughout the corporate network, because most appliance vendors—especially those that sell network-attached storage devices—do not provide any sort of remote management consoles to monitor their products.

WatchGuards VPN Manager software is a step in the right direction, but in a perfect world, remote management would be built into each product as opposed to being an option that IT managers have the privilege of purchasing.


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