3SP SSL-Explorer Enterprise
Strengths: Low cost, easy-to-manage product with many great features.
Weaknesses: None that we found.
Verdict: For its ease of use, extremely low price and its simple migration path from the free open source version to a full-featured commercial version, we rate this our Best Buy.
SummarySSL Explorer Enterprise Edition is one of our favorites here in the SC Lab. We use the open source version as our VPN and we have had great experience with it. This product brings together some highly comprehensive features in an easy-to-manage package. This tool includes features that provide remote users access to file shares, intranet websites, remote desktops and email.
This product is easy to use from installation through configuration and management. The installation is done by running an executable installer program. We found that the program itself is so small that we run it right on our domain controller. The initial configuration is done via a short browser-based wizard and SSL Explorer is up and running. After the wizard, all other configuration is done via the intuitive web-based GUI.
SSL Explorer offers a lot of great functionality without the need of another appliance. This product can plug right into the existing environment, only requiring a machine running Java Runtime Environment. Furthermore, it can be installed on Windows or Linux. It can also plug into Active Directory for authentication purposes and for group organization.
Documentation is available as a PDF administrator guide via the website. It covers everything from installation and initial configuration through advanced configuration and feature management.
Standard support is included for one year. It offers access to updates, as well as phone and email. There is also a large support area available on the website.
We find this product to be an excellent value for the money for almost any size environment. It combines a highly expansive and customizable feature set with easy and intuitive management at a cost starting at just $400.