The WS1000 is easy to use from the moment it is taken out of the box. Setup and initial configuration via the setup wizard took just a few minutes. The default policy was quite comprehensive and required little configuration. We also liked the clean and organised web GUI, which was not only very nice to look at, but it was intuitive and easy to navigate as well.
This product has some great performance features. It can become a web proxy and plug directly into Active Directory or existing LDAP infrastructures. There is also a policy test feature that shows exactly what policy applies to specific users and groups to make sure policies are accurately configured.
The documentation is complete and administrator-friendly. Sophos has emphasised critical sections such as the configuration and reporting, leaving nothing to chance. A good use of screenshots and easy-to-follow outlines limit input error during deployment.
Support includes 24/7 telephone technical assistance. As the WS1000 is a managed appliance, Sophos proactively monitors it for connection failures and event-driven alerts, with on-demand remote access assistance included in the base price. The website also offers a knowledge base library with FAQs, downloads and user manuals within a customer secured portal.
At US$32,000, this product’s high functionality comes at a very high price. Nonetheless, we find this product to be a good value for the money for organisations that have the ability to make this investment and have the need for the power of a managed appliance.
For: Highly flexible policy configuration with high-end technology
Against: Very high cost
Verdict: Big capability at a big price