Like everyone else we are looking at the budget and ways to save. I got some quotes and now I’m trying to decide between changing from a Sidewinder G2 to a Sonicwall NSA 5000 or a Watchguard x6500e. Right now I’m leaning more toward the Watchguard because it’s slightly cheaper and it supports BGP.

I’ve seen a lot of bashing in internet post toward both products, and a lot of post in favor of them.

Another thing I’ve been thinking about doing is simply building my own and managing the rule set with firewall builder. I obviously wouldn’t get the nice AV filtering and IPS built in. But then again free (minus hardware) would be good for our budget. Unless something changes I’m still leaning more toward the appliance option.