By John Taschek  |  Posted 2001-08-13 Print this article Print


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.

SHORT-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // The lower initial implementation cost could be undercut by the extra management tasks required to set up the VPN.

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

As the director of eWEEK Labs, John manages a staff that tests and analyzes a wide range of corporate technology products. He has been instrumental in expanding eWEEK Labs' analyses into actual user environments, and has continually engineered the Labs for accurate portrayal of true enterprise infrastructures. John also writes eWEEK's 'Wide Angle' column, which challenges readers interested in enterprise products and strategies to reconsider old assumptions and think about existing IT problems in new ways. Prior to his tenure at eWEEK, which started in 1994, Taschek headed up the performance testing lab at PC/Computing magazine (now called Smart Business). Taschek got his start in IT in Washington D.C., holding various technical positions at the National Alliance of Business and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. There, he and his colleagues assisted the government office with integrating the Windows desktop operating system with HUD's legacy mainframe and mid-range servers.

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