Check Point 2200 Appliances- Discontinued vs. Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Check Point 2200 Appliances- Discontinued
Score 9.0 out of 10
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Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)
Score 7.8 out of 10
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Stonesoft firewalls were acquired and rebranded as McAfee Firewall Enterprise (MFE), then divested by McAfee and acquired by Forcepoint in 2016, and have reached end of life (EOL).N/A
Pricing
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Free Trial
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Free/Freemium Version
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Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Community Pulse
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Best Alternatives
Check Point 2200 Appliances- DiscontinuedStonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)
Small Businesses
Sophos XG Firewall
Sophos XG Firewall
Score 9.6 out of 10
Sophos XG Firewall
Sophos XG Firewall
Score 9.6 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
Sophos XG Firewall
Sophos XG Firewall
Score 9.6 out of 10
Sophos XG Firewall
Sophos XG Firewall
Score 9.6 out of 10
Enterprises
Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series
Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series
Score 9.2 out of 10
Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series
Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series
Score 9.2 out of 10
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User Ratings
Check Point 2200 Appliances- DiscontinuedStonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)
Likelihood to Recommend
9.0
(1 ratings)
7.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
Check Point 2200 Appliances- DiscontinuedStonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)
Likelihood to Recommend
Check Point Software Technologies
These are great appliances for small/medium size offices. They do have limited port availability but are normally adequate for our needs.
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Any scenario where a dedicated firewall administrator is on staff and a secure firewall solution that requires high availability is needed will be a good solution for the McAfee Firewall Enterprise product. The McAfee Firewall Enterprise however comes with some of its own parlance that is different from other vendors and does require some comfort on the administrators side when it comes to working in the command line. Added knowledge of protocols and how they interact is a must for any firewall admin but particularly for the McAfee Firewall Enterprise product due to its flexible nature. If the environment is to be mostly hands off where a very limited rule set is to be configured and not likely to change often, I would defer to a different product
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Pros
Check Point Software Technologies
  • Performance
  • Ease of management
  • Functionality
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  • Based on the SecureComputing Sidewinder firewalls, the McAfee Firewall Enterprise does similar backend containerization of each service which provides for added security in the unlikely event of failures or breeches.
  • Tie in reporting services (if used by the admin) provide very granular details on rules accessed and the firewalls response to the requests.
  • Configurable options are plentiful. Unbound DNS can be configured on each "burb" (SecureComputing/McAfee parlance for interface), similar options for sendmail while rulesets can be configured at the application level down to simple IP-filter making options for enhancing security as well as troubleshooting equally as useful.
  • Full control over shell for scripting and/or scheduling (cron) purposes.
  • Solid HA and patching architecture.
  • Support was always helpful, knowledgeable and insightful (especially the staff that migrated from SecureComputing).
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Cons
Check Point Software Technologies
  • Cost
  • Tier 1 support is challenging at times
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  • For an application-layer firewall the applications supported (at the time I managed them) were too few and would need to be expanded and the application ruleset needed to be expanded as well.
  • The remote access VPN client configuration was overly complex for the average user and would need to be supplemented with a configuration file that had already been generated. Other solutions from CheckPoint or Cisco ASA are not as complex for end user remote access.
  • Enhancing the GUI with a builtin "packet capture" feature would be useful for administrators not familiar with tcpdump.
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Alternatives Considered
Check Point Software Technologies
Both were great products but Check Points seemed to be easier to manage and more stable. While cost was also comparable we chose Check Point because of our enterprise investment with them
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Discontinued Products
Compared to other firewalls I've managed (Palo Alto, Cisco ASA & CheckPoint) I would say that McAfee Firewall Enterprise was probably at the time not the leader in its field however it is a product that proved its reliability and flexibility over the other vendors. The addition of many new features usually comes as a detriment to some other area (restricted CLI, decreased logging etc.). In my experience this product gave the flexibility and options that the organization needed.
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Return on Investment
Check Point Software Technologies
  • Stability
  • Consistent Rule application
  • Easy to Manage and maintain
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Discontinued Products
  • In its highly available configuration the impact on any business objective has been positive given the fact that any downtime of the firewall would negatively impact all business objectives.
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