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Real User
Sr. Network Administrator at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees
Jun 28 2017

What is most valuable?

I like that you can run a packet capture from within SonicWall and configure it to automatically upload the packet captures to an FTP server. This is useful when trying to troubleshoot an intermittent issue. It can capture for as long as you... more»

How has it helped my organization?

We are more aware of security issues since SonicWall can be configured to send e-mail alerts. Server-side Outlook rules and Exchange transport rules (more informational subject lines) can be helpful in sorting and making sense of the many... more»

What needs improvement?

I am not sure if SonicWall has finally addressed this issue but a major area for improvement would be being able to export the settings file in a non-binary readable and editable format. It is not possible to export, make changes and then... more»
Real User
IT Superintendent at a mining and metals company with 11-50 employees
Jul 31 2018

What is most valuable?

At the moment, none. It just doesn't do its task. Users, no matter how you configure it - and it's configured quite carefully in the sense of censoring - seem to be able to punch to the file. It just doesn't do its job. It seems to have all the features, it's just not performing. It has good reporting, the reporting is marvelous, but reporting is always after... more»

What needs improvement?

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. I have worked with this box for six months, and it's a daily task to manage this thing.... more»
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User
Senior IT Consultant at a tech consulting company with 51-200 employees
May 14 2018

What is most valuable?

Application control: It allows us to block applications, i.e., websites by application type category. It is far more capable than content filtering alone.

How has it helped my organization?

For the average SMB, this firewall does the job quite well. Granular user controls, firewall and NAT rules that you would expect. Licensed features provide application control, content filtering, antivirus, and anti-malware all in a single... more»

What needs improvement?

SonicWall has weaknesses. During its tenure with Dell, it was severely damaged. VPN: Site-to-site is solid! Client-based VPN is another hot mess. Global VPN client issues and mobile connect issues. Do not even consider NetExtender - probably... more»
Real User
Network Systems Specialist at a K-12 educational company or school with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jul 16 2017

What is most valuable?

Because this is a UTM, we appreciate having a single pane of glass for a firewall, content filtering, and IPS/IDS services. It is much easier to manage and costs less.

How has it helped my organization?

In a K-12 environment, internet security is paramount and threats change quickly. The main improvement for the organization is uptime and the ability to quickly affect security changes. The second plus is the ability to improve throughput... more»

What needs improvement?

SonicWall uses a cloud-based database for content filtering. If the NSA cannot contact that online DB, filtering is handled one of two ways. Traffic is either halted completely or it is passed-through totally unfiltered. In a K-12 school... more»
Real User
IT Supervisor at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Jul 18 2017

What do you think of SonicWall NSA?

Valuable Features Since we have a strict SLA of 99.98% up-time on our network per year, (including maintenance), resilience is our main concern. It is a good thing that our very own NSA 4600 has high availability/stateful firewall capabilities. • Improvements to My Organization We have had zero downtime since the deployment of NSA 4600 (HA). • Room for Improvement I'm not quite impressed with their new logging interface. • Use of Solution I've been using SonicWall NGFWs for almost five years now. We started using the NSA 4600 (HA) in March. • Stability Issues There were no stability issues at all! • Scalability Issues There were no scalability issues at all! • Customer Service and Technical Support I would give technical support a rating of seven out of...
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What is SonicWall NSA?

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.
Also known as
NSA 250M, NSA 2600, NSA 3600, NSA 4600, NSA 5600, Dell SonicWALL NSA
SonicWall NSA customers
Orange 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
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