SonicWall SMA Review

Integrates well, feature rich, and reliable

What is our primary use case?

Since the pandemic began, we have started using SonicWall to allow users to work from home.

What is most valuable?

We have found the most valuable features to be:

  • Secure Mobile Access (SMA) is easy to configure and the deployment is straightforward. However, this is mostly because of the AWS setup

  • Easy to use
  • Simple to manage

  • Integrated with NSa

What needs improvement?

The solution has 2FA, it will generate a token and send it to an email, but multifactor authentication is not available. I would suggest that there should be MFA integration and provided with the appliance.

I have to manage the SMA separately, there should be centralized management and reporting features.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution within the last 12 months.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is stable and very reliable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Since the solution is on the cloud the scalability should not be an issue.

We have approximately 200 people using this solution in my organization. We do not have more than 180 users connected at one time.

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support was responsive.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was easy.

What about the implementation team?

We had a team from SonicWall help us with the implementation of the solution.

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

This solution is priced well and we currently have the maximum number of licenses allowed. 

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did evaluate other solutions before we chose this one.

What other advice do I have?

My advice to others is this solution is reliable, feature-rich, and reasonable-priced. If they want to have an SSL VPN solution, then SonicWall SMA is probably a good choice. It is has a two-factor authentication already in-built, and it will help you connect your mobile users without any issues. It has the capability of connecting all your devices, such as laptops, Linux systems, and MacBooks.

I rate SonicWall SMA an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud

If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?

Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Which version of this solution are you currently using?

SMA 500V
**Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
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