We have been looking around for a security appliance to replace our SBS 2003 Premium ISA installs for a while now.
We have looked at a number of different vendors with none really standing out as the right product for our client’s needs.
Cisco however, has a relatively new product line in the Cisco Small Business Pro series. This series was born out of an initiative created when Linksys was brought on board with them.
When it comes to features needed with regards to replacing ISA we are looking for the ability to assign multiple static IPs to the WAN port on the appliance.
Having multiple public IPs on the WAN port allows us to publish multiple server or backend systems that the client may have that requires a dedicated SSL HTTPS connection.
We found out today that the Cisco 500 Series Security Appliances (Cisco product comparison page) have the ability to bind multiple public static IPs to the WAN port that allows us to set up rules to publish any needed internal services.
As a result, we are in the process of acquiring an SA520-K9 security appliance from one of our suppliers. Once it arrives we will evaluate the product to see if it really can meet our client’s and our needs.
If it does, our search for a reasonably priced and fully featured gateway appliance product has ended.
The bonus in all of this is that the Cisco name sells itself.
Microsoft Small Business Specialists
Co-Author: SBS 2008 Blueprint Book