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Posted: 31 May 2002
 

Version: BorderManager 3.7

  Novell BorderManager 3.7 Microsoft ISA Server 2000
(Internet Security & Acceleration)
Checkpoint Firewall-1
(access control and firewall) & VPN-1
Cisco VPN, Cisco PIX (firewall), and PIX ***
Pricing $1000 (25 users) $1509 standard, $5999 Enterprise edition (1 processor) $3500 for VPN-1 Security + Management bundles that include Firewall 1 (25 users) Firewall $1695 - $3495 VPN $4,000 - $22,000
Strengths ? Common identity for managing all access & security
? Based on a cross-platform directory
? Integrates with any identity repository via DirXML
? Performance
? Reliability
? Scalability
? Good full feature solution set
? Pricing is very competitive
? Intelligent load balancing & high availability
? SDK kit and APIs allow users to customize & extend
? Flexible management tools
? Smart Security tools that feature dynamic packet filtering, SEcureNAT etc
? High-performance Cache Accelerator
? Don't need separate proxy for every service to be secured
? One-click installs
? Strong encryption
? Open PKI support
? Lets you define a single integrated security policy that can be distributed across multiple firewall from a central location
? Market Share
? Integrates w Other Cisco -- IP phones etc
? Trained partners
? Cost -- not user
? Excellent VPN client
? Hardware not software
? Good performance
Weaknesses ? Technology somewhat stagnant for 3 years therefore current standards implementations aren't up to date
? No interoperability of VPN service with 3rd party products
? Limited partner solutions available
? Doesn't include an integrated content-filtering solution
? Does not prevent internal users from accessing network resources depending on topology
? Less layers of Security
? Limited to MS windows 2000 causing problems for non --NT environments
? Directory integration weak
? Does not include proxy server
? Does not include reportgeneration tool
? Poor marks for reordering security policy rules
? Poor interface in management software
? Difficult to setup and administer
? Command-line configuration interface
Directory Integration Novell eDirectory Need Windows 2000 Active Directory on the Network Very weak Weak
Security Very good (uses eDirectory) Good Good. Provides own proprietary FWZ encryption scheme Very good
Installation Okay. BorderManager needs to run on its own server Need 1 local hard drive partition with the NTFS file system for enterprise edition (No data) Weak (Customers complain its too complex)
Administration Uses NWAdmin and Novell iManager web interface GUI is complex and confusing Can administer through direct connect management console or web browser Weak
Licensing Per non-concurrent user that authenticates to any of the services Licensed by processor Licensed by user (No data)
Success Stories/Large Installations Hartford Public Schools, City of Stockholm, United Airlines, M&T Bank, City of Toronto, California Highway Patrol, City of New York Department of Health BSH-BOSCH and Siemens Hausgerate GmbH, ClearPointe, United Education Limited, SISU Medical Systems Canon, Seattle Times, Cap Gemini, McManus Exodus, Altesa, Tri-Health, Volkswagen of America
FEATURES
Operating Systems Supported NetWare 5.1 and 6.0 Limited to MS Windows 2000 Server or Windows 2000 Advanced Serve with Service Pak 1 or later or Windows 2000 DataCenter Server Operating System MS Win NT 4 SP6a, MS Win 2000 Server, and advanced server, Solaris 7 & 8, Red Hat, Linux 6.2, 7. 7.2

HP UX, IBM AIX
Dedicated Hardware
Firewall Services ? Multi-level firewall (packet, circuit, and application levels)
? Stateful inspection
? NAT (Network Address Translation)
? ICSA certification in progress
? Multi-level firewall (packet, circuit, and application levels)
? Cache Array routing protocol
? ICSA certified
? Multi-level firewall (packet, circuit, and application levels)
? Uses digital certifications
? Excellent distributed firewall policy
? Stateful inspection
? ICSA certified
? Multi-level firewall (packet, circuit, and application levels)
? ACL-based
? Stateful inspection
? Flexible NAT and PAT (port Address Translation)
? Extreme scalability
? ICSA certified
VPN Services ? VPN over NAT support (proprietary, and requires special client)
? Supports Client-to-Server and siteto- site VPN
? VPN Access Control
Uses VPN Services in Windows 2000 ? 1 click install
? VPN client
? VPN remote site-to-site
? NAT
? Manual IP security
(No data)
Proxy Support/Proxy Caching HTTP, FTP, NNTP, Real Audio/RTSP, SMTP, Telnet, DNS, generic -- caching with Novell FastCache, high performance and scalability Smart Caching feature included Proxy Caching not supported No
Protection from internal users
No (No data) (No data)
Content Filtering Integrated (SurfControl Content Database) No (3rd party solutions are available) No (3rd party solutions are available) (No data)
Thin Client support
(No data) (No data)

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