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Find out what your peers are saying about SonicWall SMA vs. Symantec VIP Access Manager and other solutions. Updated: May 2021.
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Pros
"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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"The VPN we are using is good and working quite well.""Other than it provides us with remote access, so it's fairly easy to install, fairly easy to set up, and provides us the ability to get into our corporate environment."

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Cons
"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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"If they had dashboards or a report for managers or executives, then it would allow them to see the status and have it make sense to them.""It gets out of sync with Active Directory or whatever it might be, whatever the authentication piece is on Active Directory, and they just reset it on the backend. I never have to contact the vendor."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"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: 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 »
Top Answer: Other than it provides us with remote access, so it's fairly easy to install, fairly easy to set up, and provides us the ability to get into our corporate environment.
Top Answer: I've been using it so long I'm used to the way that it works, so it really doesn't have any problem as far as I can tell. I check for updates a lot. I reset it sometimes. I can show my credential ID… more »
Top Answer: All of us in the practice work remotely from home across the country, so we all use it for remote access.
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Also Known As
SonicWall Aventail, SonicWall SMA SSL-VPN, SonicWall Secure Mobile Access
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Overview
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.

Symantec VIP Access Manager is the next generation control platform that integrates Single Sign-On (SSO) with strong authentication, access control, and user management. It offers users and administrators control, convenience, and compliance for public and private cloud- based applications. Symantec VIP Access Manager solves cloud security problems using identity and/or context-based access control across multiple cloud applications. In the cloud, where a traditional enterprise perimeter doesn't exist, this solution fills the gap. Through Symantec VIP Access Manager, administrators can define policies that utilize the built-in user directory or existing identity management infrastructure to enforce security and compliance for applications without getting in the way of productivity. Symantec VIP Access Manager can also protect and consolidate access management for on-premise web applications. It also simplifies compliance auditing for cloud applications by consolidating logs across all applications it protects.

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Sample Customers
UnitedStack, Newport City Homes, Faith Lutheran College Redlands, PRIME aerostructures GmbH, Celtic Manor Resort
Maine Medical Center, Aria S.p.A
Top Industries
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company21%
Comms Service Provider18%
Government12%
Non Profit6%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company29%
Comms Service Provider20%
Financial Services Firm8%
Manufacturing Company7%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business88%
Midsize Enterprise13%
REVIEWERS
Small Business33%
Large Enterprise67%

SonicWall SMA is ranked 2nd in Universal Access Gateways with 8 reviews while Symantec VIP Access Manager is ranked 5th in Authentication Systems with 2 reviews. SonicWall SMA is rated 8.0, while Symantec VIP Access Manager is rated 10.0. The top reviewer of SonicWall SMA writes "This is a versatile VPN that saves us from using more difficult security measures". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Symantec VIP Access Manager writes "It's fairly easy to install, fairly easy to set up, and provides us the ability to get into our corporate environment". SonicWall SMA is most compared with Pulse Connect Secure, Citrix Gateway, Fortinet FortiClient, SonicWall Netextender and Cisco IOS SSL VPN, whereas Symantec VIP Access Manager is most compared with Check Point Remote Access VPN, Microsoft Authenticator, Okta Workforce Identity, Duo Security and Yubico YubiKey.

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