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Kerio Control Primary Use Case

BrianCook - PeerSpot reviewer
Information Security Officer - VP at Unified Technology Solutions

We use it ourselves and deploy it to our customers, which are small and medium-sized businesses. Our use cases are for both ourselves and our clients, mainly as a frontline protection for their internal networks to filter viruses and threats as well as for web filtering to ensure employees and guest networks don't access material that wouldn't be appropriate to be viewed. It's also used for remote access VPNs so remote users can access internal servers and resources, as well as site-to-site VPNs for multi-site offices to access resources located either at the main HQ headquarters or at an alternate site.

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Andy Dibble - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Manager at Flare Technologies

Our main customer base is superyachts, and they have the Kerio for traffic rules and bandwidth management of the various networks on board. They can optimize traffic for crew versus owners and guests, the VIPs that might be on board. They also use it for bandwidth sharing. They usually have a mixture of the VSAT satellite internet and 4G internet access. Sometimes they have WiFi, for example if they connect to a WiFi hotspot in a marina, as well as shoreline or fixed DSL. They use it to manipulate the internet traffic, so they can say the crew uses the slower VSAT and the guest gets the fast 4G or shoreline.

They also use it to see what's going on. If the boss complains that the internet's slow, they can quickly see if someone is downloading a load of updates or streaming Netflix and they can block them. They just want to have control, as the product name suggests, over the internet traffic.

In-house, we use the NG300, but because we are a partner, we use various hardware platforms. At the moment it's nearly all the NG series, the 100, 200, and 500. The most common that we use is the NG500. I'm interested in using the next-generation, which is due out in the next couple of months, but I've also used the virtual Kerio platform on a VMware hypervisor.

There's a virtual appliance, but also software installed on a Windows PC. We build our own virtual "guest" on a host, we've done a couple of those, and then attached it to a switch with VLANs, so we've covered all platforms.

We have these Kerios on anything from a 30-meter Sunseeker, with five or six crew members, four guest cabins, and a couple of master cabins, or a master and a VIP. They might have 20 guests so there would be a total of about 30 users and some 50 devices for those users. There is also all the AV equipment. And we've gone right up to a 120-meter superyacht, with 50 to 100 crew and space for about 200 guests. We've also got a couple of ski chalets, and a private island in Ibiza. A few hundred users is its top end, but as far as network-connected endpoints go, it could be in the few thousands of devices.

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Liam Bartlett - PeerSpot reviewer
IT & Installations Manager at Odyssey Gaming

Kerio Control is the primary firewall for our corporate network to the outside world. We use an IP transit that connects to an IP transit, so all the internet traffic in and out of the corporate network goes through the Kerio Control firewall. We use Kerio Control VPN Clients for our remote workers to dial into that corporate network with two-factor authentication.

We service all areas of Queensland in Australia and we've got clients from Thursday Island down to the border. We have regional sales guys, agents, and technicians throughout the state that require access to the corporate network for various reasons and that's how they get in. They require access for our call logging system and all that sort of stuff. It's the primary gateway for that. Apart from that, we also run Kerio devices in the field to do point to point VPNs.

We've had very few problems with the VPN features. Once we've set it up, it's pretty functionally user-friendly in terms of the firewall functions that we need to open and close ports on. Our users don't have a lot of problems with it. We've had to reboot it occasionally, but nothing extraordinary. Just standard maintenance rebates. Other than that, it just does the job.

We about 60 users that have access. Concurrently, there's probably only 10 concurrent users at only one time. Because of COVID, there's a lot more remote work going on. It would have been busier over that time, but I haven't actually looked at the stats since then. I know that it worked well and we didn't have any issues. Which is a nice thing not to have to worry about when there's a lot of other things on your plate.

There are only two of us that would really get in there and reconfigure the firewall. Most of the time we'll run that past TechPath anyway, just to make sure that we're not going to punch a hole. We don't intend to. In terms of checking problems, checking logs, in terms of people management as well, seeing who's been logged in, who hasn't, it's very easy to get online and get onto the device and do from anywhere. It's very easy and flexible to use.

Prior to Kerio, we couldn't uncover that data. Prior to Kerio, we were using a hardware device but it didn't have remote access or any of those features. It was something we had to do on-site and it wasn't very user-friendly. It wasn't something that management could do if they wanted to and yet this one's pretty easy if they had access.

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Freddie Lewis - PeerSpot reviewer
Solutions Architect at Clockwork Solutions

It's the Edge firewall for my business. I'm a small business IT consultancy and I'm subcontracted out to a larger organization. It's really just me working from home, which is a bit more permanent now, but we do have a couple of other side projects I work on with a couple of other partners. One of them is a financial trading solution, so we want Kerio to beef up the edge security to make sure that the solution itself was secured nicely because it meant building out a rack of a couple of rack-mounted servers and beefing up the solution. 

Being an SMB, we do find that Kerio fits our needs. It fits nicely in that space because any time that I've been to an enterprise it's pretty much dominated by Cisco products. A product like this probably wouldn't get much air time to get in the door of a really big organization, whereas a small to medium-size enterprise where they're big enough to have some sort of IT presence, it would probably fit in nicely. With an enterprise that's my size that doesn't have an IT presence, then they'll probably use some sort of managed service solution.

We wanted to beef up the firewall and not just run off some sort of IoT style firewall that's built into a modem. It didn't seem to be adequate for our needs. So that's where we went into Kerio because at the time, we had some remote desktop services running and we were getting a lot of attempted cyber attacks coming out of China and a few other places. Kerio was one of the few that could actually geo-block, which was really quite handy.

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GR
ICT Consultant at D-R Consulting Pty Ltd

For a small office, I'm using it for a firewall. This is the most obvious primary use, along with: 

  • The Web Filter subscription for content that gives a bit of protection to users on the network when going to sites with known malware and so on. 
  • The Antivirus module, which is good at scanning anything coming through, giving us a first line of defense. 
  • Some other features in there, like VLAN. I have quite a few VLANs setup for keeping things separate for a build network and so on. 

I have the hardware appliance on-premise. However, I do use some of the features, like MyKerio cloud, for remote administration and backups. These are hosted on the Kerio site.

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Arie De Kruijf - PeerSpot reviewer
EMP Specialist at Global EPM BV

We're using Kerio Control to protect our solutions in data centers and to provide VPN access, via the firewall, for our clients.

We're EPM specialists, we host and build EPM platforms which are financial software platforms used by large entities all over the world.

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JG
Head of IT at Glorious Way Church

It's the firewall and the router for our network. That includes both the public side and our private side as well.

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Chris Bristow - PeerSpot reviewer
Account Manager (Technical) at Redfortress Ltd

We use the Kerio Control as the firewall, and we manage all the load balancing for it, as well as DHCP, bandwidth control, failover, and basic reports.

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QS
Senior Sales Technician at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

It is mainly for user control, e.g., who is downloading the most.

We are using the latest version.

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Gilbert Mwiinga - PeerSpot reviewer
Baobab College logo System Administrator at Baobab College

We use it for bandwidth management, filtering, routing, and intrusion detection and prevention. It is our main edge firewall.

I am working with the latest version. 

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Alex Kimondo - PeerSpot reviewer
ICT Manager at MEDS

We use Kerio Control as our firewall.

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MM
Senior Systems Tech/Admin at a computer software company with 1-10 employees

We use Kerio Control primarily for site-to-site VPN and client VPNs.

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KN
MD at Comsque

Providing Firewall functionality, VPN connectivity and content filtering.

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AliAmini - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Consultant at ArioRasaneh

We are working with VMware and we are using virtual machines for Kerio Control.

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Mohammad_Zarbalizadeh - PeerSpot reviewer
Telecommunications Engineer at FARNAIT

I use Kerio Control as a firewall or IPS.

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KN
MD at Comsque

We use it for our data plan. We are using its latest version.

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JW
IT Director at a comms service provider with 1-10 employees

We are using the latest version. 

We have many customer sites and the solution gives us control over bandwidth internet.

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JA
IT Manager at Bari Mills Limited

Primarily, I use Kerio Control as a firewall and for web-filtering user controls.

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Pedro Chen - PeerSpot reviewer
Co-Founder & COO at Seek Smarter Lda

We use Kerio Control for controlling access to the web, and to protect the inside of the network.

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