Most Helpful Review
Provides a secure mechanism for remote access. However, they are not ready for managed security services.
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From a protection perspective, it provides a network perimeter security function for our company.
We use it as a firewall at our head office and branches.
It integrates well with Fortinet and Palo Alto.
It uses many applications, like antivirus blocking and web filtering.
The high availability of the application is good.
It protects the data behind our switches.
It helps us perform our daily jobs.
We mostly use the Layer 4 firewall functions: Access rules, NAT, and site-to-site IPsec VPN.
Content Filtering and sandboxing are valuable features.
Anti-Spam reduces unwanted mail on corporate exchange services.
Content filtering reduces the load on the available bandwidth and restricts employees from using distracting websites on the job, which leads to more productive hours.
It has good reporting, the reporting is marvelous.
Support is usually good when it comes to helping with issues.
Valuable features include a web filter, DHCP, and monitoring capabilities.
It allows us to block applications, i.e., websites by application type category. It is far more capable than content filtering alone.
Support has improved dramatically since their separation from Dell.
This solution needs to update for "Next Generation" needs.
It did not improve our safety because the IDS does not detect some attacks, but our anti-virus software did.
We tried configuring the IDS for more than four months, but it did not work properly.
The CLI is verbose. You have to say a lot to do a little. I don't like that part of it. Cisco's command syntax seems to be a good bit more concise. When you're trying to get something done, you don't want to have to type a bunch.
Juniper needs to focus more on their perimeter firewalls.
The GUI needs to be easier to handle.
I would like to see endpoint control and endpoint testing security.
I would like them to add a dashboard because it's difficult to operate.
The only thing that we would want would be single-pane management, which it has, but the GMS is not very good. It's purely the management of multiple devices for multiple customers, that's the only thing that it's lacking.
After-sales support and hands-on training facilities are not available in my country.
The problem primarily with SonicWall is it's a Unix box. And it's all software, all the activities, blocking, censoring, everything has to happen in the software. If you start hitting the box with a lot of sessions it slows down and that's not what I expect from a firewall.
It's very hard to manage this box. You really need a lot of skills to operate the SonicWall. There is training and the like, but it's just hard to manage. Even if you have the knowledge, there are too many options. The menus are not very clear, where you should find the information.
Port forwarding could use streamlining.
It is very modular and with native resources which are much lower than its competitors.
The anti-spam requires a specific Java version on the server side (do not update it, otherwise it will break).
They are not ready for managed security services. Their Cloud GMS product is weak, barely out of beta (buggy).
Pricing and Cost Advice
It has a low price.
It is not that expensive.
Pricing is good. Most of the costs are in the UTM (IDS/IPS, virus scanning, etc) subscription.
Palo Alto was nice, but much more expensive.
We were able to lower our overall operating costs over a three year period by 25%, mostly recovered from maintenance/support costs.
Small enterprises or telco have variant licenses, and this licensing should be improved.
I would say about $20,000 for a SRX650 with IDP licence.
Pricing is very good, not expensive.
Additional resources are too expensive.
Licensed features provide application control, content filtering, antivirus, and anti-malware all in a single appliance.
The CPUs are not able to compete with a similar price point to the Fortinet, WatchGuard, or Palo Alto product.
A firewall doing anti-spam might be a low cost solution, but it is not your best strategy.
You need their analyzer to properly generate reports. This is an expensive, licensed feature, with a complex application or appliance back-end.
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Also Known As
|SRX||NSA 250M, NSA 2600, NSA 3600, NSA 4600, NSA 5600, Dell SonicWALL NSA|
|High-performance security with advanced, integrated threat intelligence, delivered on the industry's most scalable and resilient platform. SRX Series gateways set new benchmarks with 100GbE interfaces and feature Express Path technology, which enables up to 1 Tbps performance for the data center.||Achieve a deeper level of security with the SonicWALL Network Security Appliance (NSA) Series of next-generation firewalls. NSA Series appliances integrate automated and dynamic security capabilities into a single platform, combining the patented, SonicWALL Reassembly Free Deep Packet Inspection (RFDPI) firewall engine with a powerful, massively scalable, multi-core architecture. Now you can block even the most sophisticated threats with an intrusion prevention system (IPS) featuring advanced anti-evasion capabilities, SSL decryption and inspection, and network-based malware protection that leverages the power of the cloud.|
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