VelociRaptor scares off network intruders

By James R. Borck, InfoWorld |  Operating Systems

SECURING SENSITIVE corporate data is a challenge for all businesses, but particularly so for small to midsize companies and branch offices of large corporations. Because both technical expertise and financial resources are a little tighter in these environments, it is difficult to deadbolt smaller corporate networks. And a poorly implemented solution is worse than no solution at all, as it lulls a company into a false sense of security.

VelociRaptor 1.0

BUSINESS CASE

This VPN/Appliance enables strong security and VPN capabilities with minimal effort or cost outlay. The product's breadth of flexible options keeps hackers at bay and data safe -- all without the assistance of a full-time security expert.

TECHNOLOGY CASE

VelociRaptor's remote management and alert options make administration a snap, and its wizard-driven setup simplifies implementation. It supports roughly 45Mbps in full proxy mode, making it best for branch offices or growing networks.

PROS

+ Easy wizard-driven installation

+ Powerful VPN

+ Application-level filtering and monitoring

+ Good management interface

CONS

- Limited intrusion detection

- 45Mbps maximum throughput

COST

25 nodes: $4,995; unlimited nodes: $14,995

PLATFORMS

Hardware: Ethernet only, Software: Windows NT 4.0 or later

Axent Technologies Inc., Rockville, Md.; (800) 298-2620; www.axent.com. Cobalt Networks Inc., Mountain View, Calif.; (650) 623-2500; www.cobalt.com.

That is why VelociRaptor, a new firewall hardware appliance from Axent Technologies and Cobalt Networks, is such an appealing find. The unit supports roughly 45Mbps in full-proxy mode, which is on the low end for large scale enterprise usage, preventing us from giving it our top score of Excellent. But VelociRaptor is a reliable and easy-to-use network guard for midsize companies, enterprise branch offices, business-to-business partners, and remote user connectivity, earning it a score of Very Good.

VelociRaptor comprises a hardened-off Linux 2.0 OS, four Ethernet network adapters, and the popular Raptor 6.5 Firewall and PowerVPN in an easily installed 1U-high server appliance. The proxy firewall sports four 10/100 Ethernet network interfaces, two primary separating inward-and outward-facing topologies, and two auxiliary ports, suitable for adding extra connections to Web sites or business partners.

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