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"It has the ability to prioritize, providing an automatic optimization. I can put it in a hierarchy and know that certain devices will be prioritized over others. It is able to identify the traffic. It can pick out whether if its a Zoom meeting (or something like that), then it's able to put that somewhere in the hierarchy based on the traffic type.""The most valuable features are the shaper, accelerator, and the reporting... it will shape the traffic better than, for example, a Cisco, because it's more gentle on the shaping side of things. Suppose you were selling a 20-meg link. Because you can shape to the nth degree of traffic, the 20-meg link feels like about a 30 to 40-meg link.""The most valuable feature is the ability to manage the traffic at the application layer. It makes things a lot easier. We're not digging for port numbers and IP addresses and different services... It makes us far more responsive in our ability to do things and speed up the process. We're a very small shop, so having something that's straightforward and easy to use is a big help.""The most valuable feature is the ability to provide very granular classes of service. That's important because it allows us to prioritize certain traffic types over others, to a very granular level.""Exinda can show you which product uses how much throughput and can help you manage it.""The most valuable feature is the ability to create policies where we can tailor them to the customer. It enables us to prioritize apps and users for bandwidth."

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"The most valuable feature is the caching.""The Symantec antivirus suite and the proxy component are the most valuable feature.""The most valuable features of this solution are the URL database, malicious URLs, policies, and policy creation.""The content that we are getting is very good. Content caching is also supported.""What I found most valuable in Symantec Proxy is that it doesn't have any limitations. It also has a simple configuration, with only one window pane, unlike Zscaler, which has multiple window panes. Deploying the agent is also more straightforward in Symantec Proxy.""It's a stable solution.""The CPL code is the best feature of the solution.""The initial setup of Symantec Proxy is easy."

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"A lot of working with this solution is really intuitive. I have picked it up mostly on my own. I'm sure that there are some things that maybe I hadn't thought of or really hadn't considered, and I think it would be good just to promote some day courses. I don't really see a whole lot that comes out for Exinda as far as training or informational sessions through our normal resellers. It would be cool to know more about the solution by utilizing educational resources or even have Exinda promoted a bit better.""The updating of applications that the system knows about could be a little quicker. For example, Zoom had been out for a while, but it took a while for it to show up as an application that Exinda could natively handle. We had to write some things in order to handle Zoom, initially.""In terms of improvement, one thing that has always frustrated me about it is that when you look at real-time monitoring, you can only filter it by IP address. You can't filter it by anything else. It would be good if we could filter by VLAN.""What I don't like is the fact that I haven't purchased the overall management interface. That is the interface that allows you to manage multiple Exindas. Personally, I think Exinda should provide that for free. I think that if you buy more and more Exinda boxes, you shouldn't then have to incur a charge for the overall management software. While I can manage each Exinda separately, if they provided me with the overall management platform for free that would probably encourage me to buy more appliances.""There might be room for improvement in the speed and throughput of some of their devices. They're getting a bit slow on some of the bigger devices. It would be helpful if there were some sort of an ISP model.""It should improve the quality of service. It can improve their connection to the internet and your IP."

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"The traffic filtering could improve. Our firewall traffic is limited. Additionally, it would be helpful if there was a dashboard and reporting feature.""Technical support is an area that requires some improvement.""The tool’s reporting features must be improved.""The solution could improve by having better documentation.""The solution is quite complex.""Support response time and case resolution could be improved.""Activating the SSL inspection is one of the challenges. We are currently moving to the O365 cloud, and one of the challenges is the performance when all of our users are connected to O365 by a proxy.""The deployment is quite difficult."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "It is priced well for the market, for what it needs to do."
  • "The pricing and licensing are pretty fair and really competitive. There are other SD-WAN solutions that are pretty costly because they build in a service where they'll manage it for you, which is really great. I don't know if Exinda has that option as well. However, we are a small shop and cost-conscious. For things like this, we are accustomed to self-managing and this solution suits us just fine. For a tool that gives you, like the graphs and reporting, it has a fair price point."
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  • "In terms of cost, it is expensive. Its pricing has been a challenge for us since its acquisition by Broadcom."
  • "It's expensive. Clients often go to other products."
  • "Licensing is based on a subscription."
  • "The price is too expensive compared with that of another solution."
  • "There are no licensing fees required."
  • "There is a license needed to use Symantec Proxy."
  • "Our cost was based on a three-year upfront CapEx contract."
  • "Symantec Proxy has different expiry dates and renewal dates, which is a problem, so Broadcom should improve the licensing renewal process for the solution."
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    Overview
    Exinda is designed to help Network Managers solve pressing IT problems in today's complex network. Our award winning technology combines interactive analytics, an intelligent recommendation engine and powerful actions like shaping and optimization, all in one solution.

    Symantec Proxy is designed to provide web security, web access control, and secure web gateway functionalities for organizations. It helps protect against web-based threats, enforce web usage policies, and provide secure access to internet resources.

    Symantec Proxy Benefits:

    • Easy to use
    • Comprehensive security features
    • Ability to block malicious websites and applications
    • Efficient management of network traffic
    • Scalable and compatible with various operating systems and devices
    • Highly rated customer support and technical assistance

    Symantec Proxy Features:

    • Web Filtering: Symantec Proxy offers web filtering capabilities to control and manage web access based on predefined categories or custom policies.
      1. Malware Protection: The solution incorporates malware detection and prevention mechanisms to identify and block web-based threats, such as malware, viruses, and phishing attacks. 
      2. URL Filtering: Symantec Proxy uses URL filtering to categorize and assess the reputation of web domains and URLs in real-time. 
      3. SSL/TLS Inspection: The proxy solution supports SSL/TLS decryption and inspection to examine encrypted web traffic for potential threats or policy violations. 
      4. Data Loss Prevention (DLP): Symantec Proxy may include data loss prevention capabilities to prevent the unauthorized exfiltration of sensitive data through web channels. 
      5. User Authentication and Access Control: The solution supports user authentication and access control mechanisms to enforce user-based policies and provide secure internet access.
      6. Reporting and Analytics: Symantec Proxy provides reporting and analytics capabilities to monitor web usage, user activities, security events, and compliance violations.

      Reviews from Real Users

      Below are some reviews and helpful feedback written by Symantec Proxy users. 

      PeerSpot user, Consultant at a financial services firm, says that Symantec Proxy "...enables us to manage bandwidth for users based on their privilege levels. For example, if a user wants to use a certain application or resource, we can provide access based on their privileges."

      PeerSpot user, General Manager & founder at a engineering company, writes that Symantec Proxy has "A complex deployment, no proper user reporting, and a proxy component that works."

      Muhammad Salahuddin, Unit Head - Network and Security Solutions at FPM Solutions, states that Symantec Proxy has "Good URL filtering but is expensive and doesn't have good technical support services."

        Sample Customers
        UMass Dartmouth, MLB Network, R&R Ice Cream, Savills, Manhattan School of Music, Blum Shapiro, Cincinnati Public Schools, City of Richmond, Genting Casinos, The Salvation Army, VoIP Unlimited, Frontier Silicon, Lakeshore Toltest, CTI Foods
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        Comms Service Provider29%
        University29%
        Manufacturing Company14%
        Marketing Services Firm14%
        VISITORS READING REVIEWS
        Computer Software Company24%
        Educational Organization12%
        Real Estate/Law Firm11%
        Financial Services Firm7%
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        Financial Services Firm42%
        Comms Service Provider17%
        Government8%
        Marketing Services Firm8%
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        Computer Software Company16%
        Financial Services Firm14%
        Manufacturing Company11%
        Government8%
        Company Size
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        Small Business11%
        Midsize Enterprise44%
        Large Enterprise44%
        VISITORS READING REVIEWS
        Small Business28%
        Midsize Enterprise5%
        Large Enterprise67%
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        Small Business29%
        Midsize Enterprise12%
        Large Enterprise59%
        VISITORS READING REVIEWS
        Small Business17%
        Midsize Enterprise18%
        Large Enterprise66%
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        Exinda is ranked 7th in WAN Optimization while Symantec Proxy is ranked 15th in Secure Web Gateways (SWG) with 12 reviews. Exinda is rated 8.8, while Symantec Proxy is rated 7.0. On the other hand, the top reviewer of Symantec Proxy writes "A user-friendly solution with good technical support". Exinda is most compared with Citrix SD-WAN, whereas Symantec Proxy is most compared with Skyhigh Security, Forcepoint Secure Web Gateway, Netskope Next Gen Secure Web Gateway and McAfee Web Gateway Cloud Service.

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