SonicWall TZ Review

Easy to use and has a straightforward setup


What is our primary use case?

We use it for a variety of businesses and schools.

How has it helped my organization?

Its ease of installation has improved my organization. That's what I do most. I install the firewalls.

What needs improvement?

I don't have anything that I would say needs improving at the moment. The small business line has less PPS throughput and that's what you're going to lose on when you use WatchGuard. So they need to improve the throughput of the firewall in the small business line.

Easy to explain : 

                                 WatchGuard T70 vs SonicWall TZ600 
Firewall Throughput :       4Gbps          vs      1.9Gbps
Price :                             610€            vs       973€

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution since 2015.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I've only ever had one problem. I have a bank that has two NSAs in high availability. The only time I had a problem was with the high availability from the update. That's the only time. And that was last month. I did an update. I disabled the high availability and we reset it, the firewall, and installed the config again. And updated it one by one.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I have no negative impression of the scalability.

How are customer service and technical support?

I haven't tried technical support yet, so I haven't needed support yet on anything.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Moved to new Employer.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is straightforward. I deploy at least one solution a month, to different sites. You only need one person for deployment.

What about the implementation team?

I did the implementation myself.

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

The pricing is where you might lose to WatchGuard now. I'm looking into moving some parts over to WatchGuard because they are on the small business side. But if you compare the TZ300 and 400 series against WatchGuard series, they are the same, but there is a price difference between them.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I wasn't a part of any decision making in terms of options. 

What other advice do I have?

We use a variety of models, from the TZ300, up to the NSA 2600. For businesses, I recommend TZ400.

I would rate the solution 8 out of 10. I would rate WatchGuard itself 10, because I really like that product, and the ease of use. And when I say ease of use, I mean I know that product in and out. And it's very easy to set up external sites with the system management tool that comes free with WatchGuard.

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