Palo Alto Networks WildFire vs SonicWall NSA

Palo Alto Networks WildFire is ranked 1st in Advanced Threat Protection with 6 reviews vs SonicWall NSA which is ranked 12th in Firewalls with 11 reviews. The top reviewer of Palo Alto Networks WildFire writes "It crashes too frequently for a few boxes, but they have the best tech junkies I have worked with". The top reviewer of SonicWall NSA writes "I like that you can run a packet capture from within the product. Absolutely has the best bang for the buck". Palo Alto Networks WildFire is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Cisco ASA and Cisco Sourcefire Firewalls. SonicWall NSA is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Meraki MX Firewalls and Sophos XG. See our Palo Alto Networks WildFire vs SonicWall NSA report.
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Pros
​Installing this product as a datacenter firewall for segregation and segmentation, and also configuring policies between zones has improved my organization.With this product, we receive the best monitoring and reports.​Detailed reporting on analysis of content. The inspections are easily applied to security policy profiles and profile groups, and may be assigned on a per-rule basis.High availability with active-active and active-passive modes.WildFire has been instrumental in blocking a number of new threats, before common desktop anti-virus tools were able to detect them.Whole team can use the firewall and understand it.

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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.

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​The VPN and decryption need improvement.​They provide a medium level of technical support.The data analytical system for deployment needs to improve.The GUI is better in 8.0, but I still feel it lacks the fast response most of us desire. Logs are much quicker.

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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).

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Pricing and Cost Advice
​More expensive than other firewalls.​It is expensive, a feature more accessible to enterprise class customers, but provides an enhanced possibility that Zero- or near-Zero-day threats may be identified and mitigated. The cost of the product weighed against the potential impact of even one successful crypto malware-type exploit may justify the expense.The pricing and licensing option should be categorized for various countries such as for Bangladesh.It's not particularly cheap, but it is absolutely worth it.It IS a bit expensive, but I think you get what you pay for. Value is there.

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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
Also Known AsNSA 250M, NSA 2600, NSA 3600, NSA 4600, NSA 5600, Dell SonicWALL NSA
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Overview
OverviewWildFire™ cloud-based threat analysis service is the industry’s most advanced analysis and prevention engine for highly evasive zero-day exploits and malware. The cloud-based service employs a unique multi-technique approach combining dynamic and static analysis, innovative machine learning techniques, and a groundbreaking bare metal analysis environment to detect and prevent even the most evasive threats.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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Sample Customers
Sample CustomersNovamedia, Nexon Asia Pacific, Lenovo, Samsonite, IOOF, Sinogrid, SanDisk CorporationOrange County Rescue Mission, First Source, Michaels & Taylor, Green Clinic Health System, Aspire Chiltern Skills and Enterprise Centre, UnitedStack, Faith Lutheran College Redlands, Celtic Manor Resort, Star Kay White, Air Works, Unimat Life, NHS Yorkshire and Humber Commissioning Support (YHCS), Hutt City Council, Mato Grosso do Sul, Nspyre
Top Industries
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Financial Services Firm
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Comms Service Provider
10%
Manufacturing Company
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Government
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Transportation Company
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Construction Company
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Small Business
64%
Midsize Enterprise
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Large Enterprise
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Midsize Enterprise
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Midsize Enterprise
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