SonicWall NSa Review

Less cumbersome than competitors

What is our primary use case?

When it comes to securing VLANs, the primary use case for SonicWall NSa is VPNs. 

What is most valuable?

Compared to Cisco, SonicWall NSa is much easier to configure. Cisco tends to be cumbersome through the web interface. It's easy through the command line, but when you're troubleshooting something, you're usually not going through the command line. When you're digging through data trying to find if something happened, you're usually digging through the logs, through the web interface, because it should be much easier. In Cisco, the logs are odd and you have to be really particular on what you want. You have to look for specific details. 

This process is much easier SonicWall NSa. I want to know where the problem started and where it ended, that's it; and it's really clear in SonicWall NSa. Whereas in Cisco it's just not clear at all.

What needs improvement?

It would be amazing if all of the ports on the throughput devices were 10 gig or 100 gig. That would make it so much easier for me to designate 10 gigs throughout the whole network. Right now, with SonicWall NSa, I'm doing designations like "use 10 gigs through the whole network until you hit firewall." In that case, all of the traffic that has firewall enabled on it drops to one gig.

That causes issues with throughput, especially when you're talking about data stores and Ice Guzzy, or when you're splitting things out with VLANs. 

MAC address filtering on the VPN and on the firewall itself would be a good thing to add as well. If it's there, I don't know where it is.

Automation would also be good. 

The implementation for VLANs is a little bit cumbersome. It would be good to make that a little bit easier.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've used SonicWall probably on and off for the last couple of years. It depends on which client I'm working with.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

SonicWall NSa is stable. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Just adding multiple sites is easy. Clustering them is pretty straightforward. But if I needed to expand them in series, that's a little bit more complicated.

How are customer service and technical support?

I've never used SonicWall tech support. 

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is pretty straightforward. 

What other advice do I have?

Hire a network guy or have a service that's going to monitor and manage SonicWall NSa for you.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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