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Well, more to the point, pfSense in a professional business environment.

I am the Cloud Services Architect for a market leader in the Building & Energy management sectors. When I designed the development and production environments, I opted to use pfSense and 6 months down the line I cannot stress enough how good of a product pfSense is.

Infact I think its definitely a product more than capable of being used in the enterprise.

I use a pfSense CARP configuration on the production environment in the datacenters with multiple VLAN's, Snort IDS and a Transparent HAVP. Its also used as the OpenVPN servers. I have multiple routes configured, 1:1 NAT going on etc...

Now obviously this is my experience with it and through my past experience in environments based primarily of CISCO gear, I have to say that I think pfSense can do a damn good job at holding its own against multi $$$$ 'branded' security and routing appliances.

I was just wondering if there is anyone else on here that uses pfSense in similar situations/environments as me? What information can we share, advice we can give each other, experiences both good and bad etc....

Cheers

Tom
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There is a thread or 2 dedicated to Pfsense. I myself will build a box with Pfsense running on esxi and using untangle as Firewall as soon as I update my system
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Originally Posted by diggiddi View Post

There is a thread or 2 dedicated to Pfsense. I myself will build a box with Pfsense running on esxi and using untangle as Firewall as soon as I update my system

Why would you use utangle for a firewall if you are going to be installing pfsense?
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Quote:
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Why would you use utangle for a firewall if you are going to be installing pfsense?

Sorry, I meant untangle for anti virus intrusions, malware, spyware etc
I was sleep deprived while typing that
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i've used pfsense ever since 1.0 and before that, m0n0wall. nowhere near the scale you're using it for, though.
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post #6 of 8
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I like the look of that untangle virus scanning feature. Like I said I used a transparent HAVP for virus scanning HTTP traffic on pfsense but its http only.
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I could, but I'm one of those "no support, no deploy" kind of admins.
    
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there is commercial support available (https://portal.pfsense.org/). the thing that it from being deployed on the same scale as commercial products is the lack of people who actually have used it before. while on the contrary, if i put out an online classified on someone with a cert in cisco or juniper, i'd probably get a reply within 30 minutes.

pfsense is a good router software but it's only good as an edge router / firewall. x86 is nowhere near on being a good enough platform against either an asic big iron core router pushing out terapackets/sec or against the power efficiency of simple or managed switches.
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