SonicWall NSa Review

Affordable, easy to set up, and the sandbox capabilities are good

What is our primary use case?

We use this firewall to protect our perimeter. We create NAT policies and have a DMZ set up.

It is also used to filter the internet for all of our users.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the sandbox.

What needs improvement?

The content filter needs to be improved. I would also like to see better application filtering.

When we are troubleshooting problems, we find that the logs we see are not sufficient. It makes it difficult to find out what the main issue is. It means that we have to search further or perform another test to see what happened.

Technical support is in need of improvement.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using SonicWall for approximately 15 years, and more specifically, SonicWall NSA for the past 10.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability is fine and we don't have any issues. We have never needed to report a problem.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have about 20 people in the company who are protected by this product, and I think that the scalability is fine. However, I would say that it is best for small to medium-sized organizations.

How are customer service and technical support?

When we have gone to the vendor for support, I don't think that the quality was very good. I would rate the vendor support a six out of ten.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I used to work with Check Point, and they are very good when it comes to application filtering.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is easy and the deployment can be completed in between two and four hours. This includes installation and adjustments that need to be made.

What about the implementation team?

We have an in-house SonicWall specialist.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

When implemented properly, the total cost of operation is very low.

What other advice do I have?

My advice for anybody who is looking into implementing SonicWall NSA is that they have to be very clear about what it is that they're looking for. It is a good solution for small and medium-sized businesses, and when you are very clear about what you need, you can implement a lot of other security services with a total cost of operation that is very low.

I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

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**Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
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