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UTM award for InstaGate 604

ESoft : 11 March, 2008  (New Product)
SC Magazine bestows best buy award in the Unified Threat Management category to eSoft InstaGate.
eSoft has announced that its InstaGate 604 received SC Magazine's esteemed 'Best Buy' and 5 out of 5 stars for the third year in a row, most recently in the publication's Unified Threat Management (UTM) product group test (March 2008).

eSoft's InstaGate was also one of only two products in the review to receive 5 out of 5 stars in every category evaluated: Features, Performance, Ease of Use, Documentation, Support, and Value for Money.eSoft's InstaGate was up against UTM solutions from Astaro, Cyberoam, DeepNines, Fortinet, IBM-ISS, Panda Security, SonicWall, VascoData Security and ZyXel Communications.

Reviewers start eSoft's product summary on a positive note: 'the eSoft InstaGate 604 is back again this year, and we found not much has changed. However, that may be a good thing because we love this product. The InstaGate provides a full load of customisable features tailored to the environment.'

Reviewers continue by describing the InstaGate's ease of use. 'With all of these features [including spam protection, email filtering, web URL filtering, malware and anti-virus scanning across all protocols, IPS and bot detection], one would expect this device to be complicated to use. However, quite the opposite is true. This product comes out of the box, plugs into the network and is up and running in minutes. Setup is done through a wizard and, at the end of the configuration, the InstaGate retrieves ThreatPaks and updates itself. From there it takes just a few clicks to customise policy and setup is complete. The web GUI itself is also simple to navigate and use.'

The review continues, highlighting other areas in which the InstaGate excels:

-- Robust feature set: 'The list of capabilities is quite long, with
features including spam protection, email filtering, web URL filtering,
IPS, malware and anti-virus scanning across all protocols, IPS and bot

-- Performance and proactive monitoring: 'this product covers all bases,
from solid protection to easy management and integration. The main
dashboard, called ThreatMonitor, gives an excellent real-time overview
of all activity, threats and attacks.'

-- Active Directory integration: 'We also liked the Active Directory
integration ability of this product for creating group- and user-based

As for marks against the product, reviewers couldn't come up with any: 'Weaknesses: none that we found.' Reviewers concluded the InstaGate summary with: 'This continues to be a solid product and we rate it our Best Buy.'

'SC Magazine has done another great service for enterprise customers, both large and small, by evaluating the pros and cons of each vendor's UTM offering,' said Patrick Walsh, Director of Product Management and Marketing. 'eSoft embodies its tagline of 'Simply Better Network Security' by making powerful security and functionality accessible to businesses of all sizes. With three SC Magazine Best Buys and three perfect scores for InstaGate -- that's not counting the acclaim for ThreatWall -- we're reassured that we continue to offer our customers leading-edge protection against the ever-changing threat landscape, while staying in tune with what enterprises need in terms of ease of use and customisation. We're proud of these honours.'
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