SonicWall NSA Pros and Cons

SonicWall NSA Pros

Leen Van Gent
IT Superintendent at a mining and metals company with 11-50 employees
It has good reporting, the reporting is marvelous.
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Steven SL.
Senior IT Consultant at a tech consulting company with 51-200 employees
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.
Setup is easy. Anyone with basic firewall experience can do it.
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Marcio Vieira
Solutions Specialist with 201-500 employees
With the deployment of the SonicWall NSA solution, we never suffered a problem due to invasion or contamination of any kind.
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Bishoy Habib
Senior Security Consultant. at Ingram Micro Inc.
I really like the performance; there are no delays and no latency, which is a unique quality in firewalls nowadays.
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ManagDir227
Lead Technical Consultant at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Content Filtering and sandboxing are valuable features.
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Tim Cook
Manager at a non-tech company with 1-10 employees
Support is usually good when it comes to helping with issues.
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Sadiq Abdulwahab
Network Administrator at a printing company with 501-1,000 employees
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.
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reviewer1062846
IT Services Coordinator with 11-50 employees
Our old firewall was running as HA (High Availability) on two different but identical rack mounted servers. Moving to SonicWall allowed the company to move to one unit, yet accommodate more connections because it had sixteen ports and handled fail-over better than the old firewall solution.
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Vaniele Ferreira
Consultant with 201-500 employees
Valuable features include a web filter, DHCP, and monitoring capabilities.
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SonicWall NSA Cons

Leen Van Gent
IT Superintendent at a mining and metals company with 11-50 employees
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.
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Steven SL.
Senior IT Consultant at a tech consulting company with 51-200 employees
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).
Do not even consider NetExtender - probably one of the most horrific, nightmare grade Java-based VPN clients. We have but all given up trying to make it work reliably.
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Marcio Vieira
Solutions Specialist with 201-500 employees
This product is unable to secure access to endpoints for our external employees.
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Bishoy Habib
Senior Security Consultant. at Ingram Micro Inc.
The cloud services may be in need of some improvement.
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ManagDir227
Lead Technical Consultant at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
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.
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Tim Cook
Manager at a non-tech company with 1-10 employees
Port forwarding could use streamlining.
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Sadiq Abdulwahab
Network Administrator at a printing company with 501-1,000 employees
After-sales support and hands-on training facilities are not available in my country.
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reviewer1062846
IT Services Coordinator with 11-50 employees
I feel that the SSL VPN client software needs a lot of improvement.
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Vaniele Ferreira
Consultant with 201-500 employees
It is very modular and with native resources which are much lower than its competitors.
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