SonicWalls first enterprise-class firewall/VPN appliance is an aggressively priced, high-performance product that needs a little more polish to be a serious contender for the point position in an IT protection plan.
LONG-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // As SonicWall becomes adept at supporting the enterprise market, the GX650 should have the beneficial effect of significantly lowering prices while maintaining needed reliability and performance. Impressive forwarding speeds and straightforward firewall and device configuration. VPN management functions are only in the beginning stages. SonicWall Inc., Santa Clara, Calif.; (408) 745-9600; www.sonicwall.com/products/gx/index.html
SHORT-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // The lower initial implementation cost could be undercut by the extra management tasks required to set up the VPN.