Strengths: A lot of features at a low cost.
Weaknesses: None that we found.
Verdict: A solid product and the price is right. We give the 50ia our Best Buy this month.
The Cyberoam 50ia appliance is more than a usual UTM. This appliance brings together UTM features - such as firewall, IPS, anti-virus, anti-spyware, anti-spam, content filtering and SSL VPN - but also includes extra features, such as application control and data leakage prevention.
We found this appliance to be very easy to deploy. The initial deployment consists of connecting it to the network and accessing the web-based interface from a network computer. At first login, this interface launches an initial setup wizard that guides the admin through not only setting up network configuration, but also through setting up a base policy. After the setup wizard is complete, the appliance reboots and advanced configuration can be done from the web GUI.
We found the web GUI to be quite intuitive and easy to navigate around in. Configuring functions and policies was also easy and intuitive since there were already a few comprehensive templates to work with and build off of.
Documentation included a short quick-start guide that illustrates the steps to get the appliance connected to the network, as well as getting through the setup wizard. Other guides include various administrator and user guides, which help with configuring advanced features and functions of the appliance. All these guides included many screen shots and configuration examples.
The appliance comes with one year free warranty and free subscription for eight-hours-a-day/five-days-a-week support that includes telephone, email and chat support along with software upgrades. It also includes access to the knowledge base, customer support portal and the Cyberoam Security Center. After the first year, additional support can be purchased at a variety of levels.
At a price of $1,249, we find this product to be an excellent value for the money. This appliance couples low cost with a lot of features that are flexible and easy to configure.