February 07, 2001, 5:21 PM — 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.
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.