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"I like the ability to share the connections or simply to be able to pass the credentials for a connection to other colleagues without bothering too much about the connection being tracked or about security, because each and every user will require a secret password, so I don't really care about sending the details. It's very secure.""I like that it is really easy to use, it's a simple product. It can connect remotely with a secure network.""I like how I don't need to see the solution or start it up. I just use my computer and have it working in the background. I start my laptop and it's there and working. That's the most important feature.""It's easy to handle. You can have it on Windows, Linux or Mac, that's quite useful.""It is easy to handle, you can have it on Windows, Mac, and Linux.""This solution is stable. There have been no technical issues.""The most valuable feature is the connection feature.""The solution is very easy to use and set up."

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"The most valuable feature of this solution is they have IT consultants that know SonicWall.""This solution has many options for remote desktop and access.""It is faster than other security options when using remote connections.""The management and the dashboard are the solution's most valuable features.""I like the load balancing capability.""I think they ask for a fair price.""I am very satisfied with the technical support.""Secure Mobile Access (SMA) is easy to configure and the deployment is straightforward. However, this is mostly because of the AWS setup."

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Cons
"If they could simplify connections via other machines, like Linux or Mac OS X, it would be helpful.""The logout should be automized and it should have a reminder that you have logged in into a private network.""The hotspots give me connectivity issues occasionally. It could be easier to use if it allowed me to choose the hotspot.""Every two weeks there was a new version to install which was annoying for the users.""It would be useful to have an automatic install process where if you connect and you don't have the latest version, it should be automatically done.""I have been working with the same interface for the last ten years. I would say that it needs some improvements made.""There are situations where the connection drops, and you may not even be aware of it until you try to do something critical.""Behavior analytics and other newer technologies should be integrated into the solution."

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"The overall menu is not very user-friendly and it could be easier.""This is an expensive solution and I think that the price could be improved.""The product itself is very good, but Dell needs to work on product visibility in their advertising.""The solution could integrate better with other platforms.""The timed synchronization between the network appliance needs improvement.""User interface could be improved.""The problem is that when combined with what the client already has, there are two different logins and two different management systems, and these should be consolidated into a single interface.""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."

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"Sometimes there is a problem with the number of licenses for the end-user. The number of concurrent users is limited due to a valid license.""The pricing depends on the requirement, so proper planning and an RF analysis help to properly size the solution and get the best pricing.""The licensing costs are reasonable.""We pay for an annual subscription. Additionally to the subscription, we thought in order to connect this solution to the Active Directory we had to purchase a Cisco ACS, Access Control System. It turns out we did not actually need it."

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"The cost of the licensing is based on the maximum number of concurrent users, and it costs a lot to add them.""I don't know about the pricing of the SSL-VPN box. I know the SSL-VPN software is free. Global VPN client, by comparison, is licensed for around $150 or something like that. But the SSL-VPN software is free. It is already built-in with the box.""Our licenses are stackable and can be anywhere from five users to a million users.""This solution is priced well and we currently have the maximum number of licenses allowed."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: Some of the main features of the solution are it has the ability to integrate with our Active Directory to allow each user to have one less password to have to remember and it has great functionality.
Top Answer: We pay for an annual subscription. Additionally to the subscription, we thought in order to connect this solution to the Active Directory we had to purchase a Cisco ACS, Access Control System. It… more »
Top Answer: There is one very specific improvement that could be done regarding users logging in. When a user logs in with an expired password we did not know that the password reset function would prompt them… more »
Top Answer: I am very satisfied with the technical support.
Top Answer: We need to keep applying updates that are supplied from the OEM. On the customer's side, we have a centralized system. There is software to manage their security appliance, as well as their network… more »
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Also Known As
Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility, AnyConnect Secure Mobility, Cisco AnyConnect, AnyConnect
SonicWall Aventail, SonicWall SMA SSL-VPN, SonicWall Secure Mobile Access
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Overview

As mobile workers roam to different locations, an always-on intelligent VPN helps AnyConnect client devices to automatically select the optimal network access point and adapt its tunneling protocol to the most efficient method. This may include voice over IP (VoIP) traffic, TCP-based application access, or Datagram Transport Layer Security (DTLS) protocol for latency-sensitive traffic.

SonicWall SMA is a unified secure access gateway that enables organizations to provide anytime, anywhere and any device access to mission critical corporate resources. SMA's granular access control policy engine, context aware device authorization, application level VPN and advanced authentication with single sign-on empowers organizations to embrace BYOD and mobility in a hybrid IT environment.
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MST, Molina Healthcare, Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers, Arup, New South Wales Rural FireService
UnitedStack, Newport City Homes, Faith Lutheran College Redlands, PRIME aerostructures GmbH, Celtic Manor Resort
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Computer Software Company33%
Comms Service Provider17%
Wireless Company8%
Wellness & Fitness Company8%
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Comms Service Provider27%
Computer Software Company22%
Government6%
Financial Services Firm4%
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Computer Software Company21%
Comms Service Provider18%
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Midsize Enterprise24%
Large Enterprise41%
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Midsize Enterprise13%
Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client vs. SonicWall SMA and other solutions. Updated: May 2021.
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Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client is ranked 3rd in Enterprise Infrastructure VPN with 16 reviews while SonicWall SMA is ranked 8th in Enterprise Infrastructure VPN with 8 reviews. Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client is rated 8.6, while SonicWall SMA is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client writes "Plenty of functionality, integrates with Active Directory, and highly scalable". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SonicWall SMA writes "This is a versatile VPN that saves us from using more difficult security measures". Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client is most compared with Zscaler Private Access, OpenVPN Access Server, Fortinet FortiClient, Prisma Access by Palo Alto Networks and Check Point Remote Access VPN, whereas SonicWall SMA is most compared with Pulse Connect Secure, Citrix Gateway, Fortinet FortiClient and SonicWall Netextender. See our Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client vs. SonicWall SMA report.

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