SEATTLE – February 5, 2015 — WatchGuard Technologies' Firebox M440 has earned a coveted 5-Star rating and been named the Editor's Choice by IT Pro Magazine. This next generation firewall (NGFW) and unified threat management (UTM) platform was recognized for its versatility, value, breadth of security features, and performance, leading the publication to note that "The Firebox M440 shows big performance needn't cost a king's ransom."
Launched just four months ago, the Firebox M440 was designed to simplify network security and was the first appliance to make it easy to apply the right policies to the correct network segment, without complex configurations. As the review notes, "With its fire-engine red chassis you can't miss a WatchGuard security appliance, but the Firebox M440 is an eye-catcher for a number of other good reasons. It's designed to help big businesses enforce custom security policies across multiple network segments, but without complicating the process."
"We've seen so many people improperly deploy network security solutions because they're too difficult to configure and deploy," said Dave R. Taylor, vice president of corporate and product strategy at WatchGuard Technologies. "We designed this solution to simplify set up, but still deliver amazing value, power and performance. We're really excited that IT Pro Magazine dug into the features, ran it through their testing paces and were impressed with its capabilities."
The review goes on to highlight that for a sub-£10K appliance, it's a powerful beast, with the appliance claiming a top 6.7Gbits/sec firewall throughput and 1.6Gbits/sec for UTM against the competition. The value is excellent as well, with a three-year LiveSecurity subscription that activates the firewall, VPNs, HTTPS inspection plus full customer support and has an RRP of £4,942 ex VAT. Add in all the features, including IPS, app control, advanced threat protection, DLP and more, and the cost is only £8,449. Finally, along with a superb range of security features, the M440 took top value, costing significantly less than competing products, such as SonicWALL's E-Series NSA 6500.