2018-07-05T02:10:00Z
it_user434868 - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Director of Delivery at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
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What do you like most about Kerio Control?

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KN
MD at Comsque
Real User
Top 10
2020-11-27T02:37:00Z
Nov 27, 2020

The reporting needs to be improved. It is hard to get a domain.

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Alex Kimondo - PeerSpot reviewer
ICT Manager at MEDS
Real User
Top 10
2020-09-17T08:05:00Z
Sep 17, 2020

The firewall appliance itself is the most valuable feature.

Chris Bristow - PeerSpot reviewer
Account Manager (Technical) at Redfortress Ltd
Real User
2020-09-07T05:57:00Z
Sep 7, 2020

The firewall and intrusion detection features are good. It has blocked certain things. We have a lot of blocked sites that the staff or anyone using it, the public, etc., can't go on. It works for that. I get quite a few messages every now and again, saying that a virus has been detected and I can go in and block the user who's causing the problem.

Arie De Kruijf - PeerSpot reviewer
EMP Specialist at Global EPM BV
Real User
2020-09-03T07:49:00Z
Sep 3, 2020

The firewall and intrusion detection features are very useful these days because hackers have a lot of tricks that they use to get into a system. With Kerio Control you can see something that's happening. Otherwise, you have to use other tools to see what's happening on the firewalls. Having IPS in it is quite useful for us.

Liam Bartlett - PeerSpot reviewer
IT & Installations Manager at Odyssey Gaming
Real User
2020-08-13T08:33:00Z
Aug 13, 2020

It has saved a lot of time and it was a secure way of doing it too. We had a whole contact center that worked from home for a period of time and that's a 21 hour a day contact center that we moved, that was spread out across the greater Brisbane region and working on home internet connections. Surprisingly, we didn't have a lot of stability issues anyway on those connections, but Kerio didn't blink, so that was good.

Freddie Lewis - PeerSpot reviewer
Solutions Architect at Clockwork Solutions
Real User
2020-08-05T06:59:00Z
Aug 5, 2020

The top features are ones that we're not using yet but we soon will be because we've just had broadband upgraded in Australia. We've got something called the National Broadband Network, which is forced onto you, so you have to take it when it arrives. We'll be trying the high availability out soon. We tried that with some load balancing, it didn't quite work as we expected, but I think that was more of a configuration thing rather than a product thing.

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GR
ICT Consultant at D-R Consulting Pty Ltd
Consultant
2020-08-03T06:11:00Z
Aug 3, 2020

One very good thing about the Kerio device is its authentication. I don't have a Windows domain for authentication. Instead, I use the Kerio product because it can separate users by Mac addresses and give them IP addresses based on their usernames, automatically logging them in. This makes for a very simple authentication system.

JG
Head of IT at Glorious Way Church
Real User
2020-08-02T08:16:00Z
Aug 2, 2020

In terms of the comprehensiveness of the security features, it does a great job of laying out what it does. It's fairly easy to edit and research. Some of the features were turned on by our IT company and I was able to easily find other features on my own by searching for videos on the internet. I've been able to block certain websites, and content filter, as well as manage some of our bandwidth because we live stream on Sunday. I'm able to dedicate bandwidth for the encoder that goes to the internet. It always has enough bandwidth, no matter how many people are on the network. That's really helpful.

Andy Dibble - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Manager at Flare Technologies
Real User
2020-08-02T08:16:00Z
Aug 2, 2020

One thing we use quite a lot, as well, is the DHCP Server, because we do a lot of work where all our devices need to have static IP addresses. Rather than going around and configuring every box, we do it all through DHCP reservations. It's easier. We've got a record of it. We can manipulate it if we need to change something or change some hardware. It's all easy. Even guys who are not used to using it can pick it up quite quickly.

Robert Allino - PeerSpot reviewer
Owner at L3GNL LLC
Real User
2020-07-15T07:11:00Z
Jul 15, 2020

The comprehensiveness of the security features that Kerio Control provides us with is good. Before GFI had it, they would have more updates. The updates have been slower, but I like the things that they keep adding like the ability to block by country. I use pretty much every feature.

BC
CEO at a computer software company with 1-10 employees
Real User
2020-07-15T07:11:00Z
Jul 15, 2020

The most valuable feature is the reliability of VPN capabilities. The VPN has been very reliable and secure. The security has been very good and the VPN connections are reliable in that they stay up. We don't have a lot of problems with downtime and that type of thing.

KC
General Manager at Gays Hops-n-Schnapps
Real User
2020-07-12T11:48:00Z
Jul 12, 2020

I love the VPN that we set up. A few of us have it on our computers so that if we leave, we can still access the stores. And we can work from home if needed. When I sign into that Kerio VPN, it links me like I'm sitting in the store. It puts me in our secure network so that I can sign on to each individual store and I can run numbers... If I have to work from home, it's so much faster than the way we used to do it.

JP
President at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
Real User
2020-07-12T11:48:00Z
Jul 12, 2020

Instead of using a cloud-based product for accessing information, and putting my data at risk in the cloud and in someone else's hands, it has allowed me to use a VPN and access my data directly from a laptop when I am out in the field. That has made my life a lot easier, where I'm able to access any information I need to be able access, basically on demand, with an Internet connection. That alone has been great.

SR
IT and Operations Manager at a financial services firm with 1-10 employees
Real User
2020-07-09T06:27:00Z
Jul 9, 2020

The initial setup is a breeze.

MS
Freelance IT Specialist at a computer software company with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
2020-07-05T15:50:00Z
Jul 5, 2020

The user interface and the ease of use are pretty good. Everything fits together so nicely.

JB
IT Support at Rural Computer Consultants, Inc
Real User
2020-07-02T10:06:00Z
Jul 2, 2020

The ease of use in the GUI itself is the most valuable feature. The GUI is really the best part of it. We like the traffic rules so we can control who can get to what. It's easy to determine the flow of the traffic itself so we aren't having to guess through command lines and reading out basically command-driven output. It's just a very easy-to-use interface. The interface is the best part of the product.

Hugo Van Putten - PeerSpot reviewer
Owner at Multi Level Software
Real User
2020-07-02T10:06:00Z
Jul 2, 2020

I want to have access to my computer from the outside and Kerio Control plays a role because it has a VPN... It is more reliable because it's a smaller group of computers to target for hackers and the like. The VPN works very well. I use it to work remotely very easily and exchange information, both to and from the location where it's deployed, and there have been no problems there.

AS
System Administrator Team Lead | Developer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Real User
2020-07-02T10:06:00Z
Jul 2, 2020

The traffic insight page or the administrative portal is really helpful because you can see all the internet usage down to the point where you can see if it's big files or streams. It gives us a good view of what the internet usage is of users who are coupled to an IP address. That way, if there are problems with, for example, a lot of data usage or problems with the connection, we can narrow it down to a single user or server and address the problem. It's really helpful for diagnostic data.

Chris Kershner - PeerSpot reviewer
CEO at Professional Project Managers
Reseller
2020-07-02T10:06:00Z
Jul 2, 2020

Kerio is a lot clearer to set up to do particular things, whereas when I do it on a Cisco or a FortiGate I have to go fight with it per week sometimes to do something I can do in 20 minutes on Kerio.

Frank Raasveld - PeerSpot reviewer
Owner at Fr@nkonnections
Real User
2020-07-02T10:06:00Z
Jul 2, 2020

When one of the employees of my customers is using the VPN Client, I have created for them that they will always get a message. When the VPN Client connects to Kerio Control from the outside, they will get an email so they know when they are connected and when they are disconnected what is happening to their network.

QS
Senior Sales Technician at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Reseller
2020-06-30T08:17:00Z
Jun 30, 2020

The solution’s firewall and intrusion detection features are quite good because you can see exactly who is attacking you and who is getting blocked.

Mark Spiteri - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Manager at JB Metropolitan Distributors
Real User
2020-06-28T08:51:00Z
Jun 28, 2020

The routing of the multiple internet physical routers I have is the most valuable feature of this solution. Instead of me physically unplugging a cable from one router to the server, if one connection goes down, it automatically switches for me. So I can have all three of them plugged in. If one goes down, it just picks up the other one automatically. There's no physical cable swapping.

BrianCook - PeerSpot reviewer
Information Security Officer - VP at Unified Technology Solutions
Reseller
Top 5Leaderboard
2020-06-25T10:53:00Z
Jun 25, 2020

It is very comprehensive and simple. It has all the active protections. It's updated. We love that you can set how often it is updated so you can work what is right for you. A large company with a lot of bandwidth can update the virus definitions and security definitions hourly, if they want. A smaller site that's remote, where maybe updating the definitions will eat into the bandwidth, we can schedule those more to go later at night. It's very flexible and works for us in all types of situations. This is great because then we don't have to learn seven different products to be able to work with seven different scenarios.

RB
Owner at a consultancy with 51-200 employees
Real User
2020-06-25T10:53:00Z
Jun 25, 2020

We also like the security. We can control what sites users can go to and we can make sure that where they're going is appropriate and that it's work-related.

Matt Gerken - PeerSpot reviewer
VP Engineering & Admin at E3 Systems
Real User
2020-06-25T10:53:00Z
Jun 25, 2020

The interface control manager where we can allocate LAN connections to certain VLANs is the most valuable feature. The other feature that's important for us is because obviously everything is remote with MyKerio, as long as the boat has an internet connection, we can log onto the Kerio and get statistics, as well as provide support.

TO
Chief Information Officer at NETmodel Tech Ltd
Real User
2019-05-18T19:07:00Z
May 18, 2019

It prevents people from visiting undesirable sites and ensures that they use the internet for their designated jobs.

Owenmpk - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Support Professional at Valley IT Support, Inc
Real User
Leaderboard
2019-05-06T00:34:00Z
May 6, 2019

What I like the most about Kerio is that I can use the software appliance as a solution, so if the hardware fails for any reason then I can quickly replace it with hardware that I have in stock.

Ray Kingdon - PeerSpot reviewer
Technical Director at EVAK Technologies Limited
Real User
2019-04-25T11:03:00Z
Apr 25, 2019

All of the features of Kerio Control are equally good. Most valuable to us are the firewall rules, the intrusion detection system, and IP address features.

RobertWright - PeerSpot reviewer
Computer Technician at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Real User
2019-04-18T09:59:00Z
Apr 18, 2019

The most valuable feature is to provide users with the ability to log in to the portal page, keep track of their data usage and perform bandwidth management.

MarcoVivaldelli - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Director CEO at MARVIV SRLS
Real User
2019-03-14T11:34:00Z
Mar 14, 2019

The flexibility of the system, the capacity to provide the right level of security, and the ability to be integrated into different kinds of infrastructures are the most valuable features.

DH
General Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
2019-03-10T16:43:00Z
Mar 10, 2019

The statistic feature enables us to better use bandwidth management. We monitored the use by mobile, type of application, department, and by users. The bandwidth was solid. Our internet speed is optimized for our research.

it_user784197 - PeerSpot reviewer
Technical Coordinator / Pointe-Noire Branch, BUROTOP IRIS SA at BUROTOP IRIS SA
Real User
2019-02-04T08:44:00Z
Feb 4, 2019

Kerio has improved my organization's security.

TB
Owner at LOTUSCONCEPT
Real User
2019-01-22T06:22:00Z
Jan 22, 2019

Technical support is good. They respond right away.

RA
User at GVC
User
2018-09-04T09:43:00Z
Sep 4, 2018

It has helped our organization with testing.

CC
Chief of Technical Department at IIA Ltda
Real User
2018-07-05T02:10:00Z
Jul 5, 2018

Kerio Control is easy to use and provides the ability to deliver customized solutions.

Related Questions
it_user434868 - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Director of Delivery at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Aug 3, 2022
How do you or your organization use this solution? Please share with us so that your peers can learn from your experiences. Thank you!
2 out of 32 answers
BrianCook - PeerSpot reviewer
Information Security Officer - VP at Unified Technology Solutions
Jun 25, 2020
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.
Matt Gerken - PeerSpot reviewer
VP Engineering & Admin at E3 Systems
Jun 25, 2020
Our client base is private yachts and on private yachts, we have different LAN connections, as well as different VLANs. Kerio Control allows us to maximize and control the different LAN connections, both from a performance and a financial standpoint.
Miriam Tover - PeerSpot reviewer
Service Delivery Manager at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
Feb 2, 2022
Hi, We all know it's really hard to get good pricing and cost information. Please share what you can so you can help your peers.
2 out of 28 answers
BrianCook - PeerSpot reviewer
Information Security Officer - VP at Unified Technology Solutions
Jun 25, 2020
It's generally inexpensive compared to a lot of other products out there. We don't use the solution’s high-availability/failover protection. For our market, it just hasn't been something that's been worth it for the cost. Because the software can run on both the Kerio hardware as well as regular off the shelf computer hardware, we've actually just maintained a standard computer with some extra NICs in it or a microcomputer as a backup. So, if a box goes out, we just run out there, pull the backup file off the web (since it is backed up through the MyKerio portal), and push it to the box, then we can have them back up in an hour or two. We can then worry about a permanent replacement once the client is back up. The biggest advice that I could probably give people is when you buy the solution be prepared to buy a few extra licenses if you want a guest network but you don't need to go crazy. Each user license gives you one employee and five devices. In the world nowadays where everybody has a cellphone, tablet, desktop, and laptop, that's still four devices and you still get one more device per person to cover the company printers, servers, etc.
Matt Gerken - PeerSpot reviewer
VP Engineering & Admin at E3 Systems
Jun 25, 2020
On the licensing side, the way Kerio works, and this is what we have to tell boats, is that if you think that you're going to save some money one year by not licensing it and then next year, you're going to license it, you're going to end up paying for that back year. You're better off just keeping it up to date. Boats are really like life. People want to spend money on things that are sexy, and software licensing isn't sexy. So that's one of the things that we have to go back and let them know that it's going to work as far as the basic functions go, but the features are not going to work and their security will be vulnerable. There are no costs in addition to the standard licensing.
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