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Leen Van Gent
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… 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… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

The main reason this was bought was it was cheap. We all know that Fortigate is far more expensive. But, then again, it's more like the Rolls-Royce of firewalls. And what you can do with it in hardware has no comparison with any of the software solutions on the market. Yes, everything performs… more»

What other advice do I have?

Do your homework. Go to your website, compare firewalls, not only SonicWall, not only Fortigate. Compare them for the task that it needs to run for your company. That's the bottom line. There are small firewalls which will suffice for certain companies. You might need bigger ones, you might need… more»
Steven SL.
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… more»

What needs improvement?

SonicWall has weaknesses. During its tenure with Dell, it was severely damaged (its reputation, innovation, etc.). It is now recovering, but it may take time to get… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

All advanced features are licensed capabilities, such as Advanced Gateway Security Suite or Comprehensive Gateway Security Suite.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

No. We have always only deployed SonicWall.

What other advice do I have?

Easy to manage and work with. Support has improved dramatically since their separation from Dell (North American-based tech support). Version 6.5 finally brings a fresh… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We have evaluated Sophos, Fortinet, Palo Alto, and WatchGuard.
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Marcio Vieira
Real User
Solutions Specialist with 201-500 employees
Jul 15 2019

What is most valuable?

This solution has always delivered us security features with great efficiency like: * Web content filter with a very extensive and always updated database; * IPS with an extensive list of signature… more»

How has it helped my organization?

With the deployment of the SonicWall NSA solution, we never suffered a problem due to invasion or contamination of any kind. The solution always responded very efficiently, delivering us: * High… more»

What needs improvement?

The solution was deployed to suit all areas of the company. This product is unable to secure access to endpoints for our external employees. Our next plan will be to deploy a solution for visibility… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

In our evaluation, we found that the costs of deploying the solution, and also purchasing the hardware and licenses, were very attractive. The ratio of costs vs efficiency of SonicWall products is… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Before this solution, we used Microsoft Forefront TMG Server. We migrated because the solution was proxy-based and did not have the features of NG firewalls.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did not test other solutions.
Bishoy Habib
Consultant
Senior Security Consultant. at Ingram Micro Inc.
May 09 2019

What is most valuable?

I really like the performance; there are no delays and no latency, which is a unique quality in firewalls nowadays.

How has it helped my organization?

My former company is a SonicWall distributor and I am looking to work with this solution in future projects.

What needs improvement?

* The cloud services may be in need of some improvement. * ADR needs to be added to the portfolio. * Some next-generation features are not included in the product.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The pricing and licensing are the best part. SonicWall is great compared to competitors, such as Palo Alto, and it has the same features. Considering the market, I believe that the price of this solution is great.

What other advice do I have?

This product is not as well known as some others because it is not marketed as well as it could be. My advice for others who are implementing the solution is to do the sizing well. If it is done correctly then there will not be any… more»
Real User
Lead Technical Consultant at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Aug 14 2018

What is most valuable?

* Content Filtering * Sandboxing

How has it helped my organization?

It does what it says it will do; it works and it's pretty reliable.

What needs improvement?

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.

What other advice do I have?

It does everything that they say it does. It works. The most important factors when choosing a new solution are * price * functionality * security of the device. I would rate SonicWall a 10 out of 10. It's the only firewall that we predominantly use for our customers.
Tim Cook
User
Manager at a non-tech company with 1-10 employees
Jul 16 2018

What do you think of SonicWall NSA?

What is our primary use case?

I walked into a job where we had an end of life ns2400 that was a mess. Coming from a Meraki environment there was a learning curve on how to navigate the sometimes overly complicated user interface. Tasks I should have been able to complete in 10-15 minutes took longer and I bounced between menus to hash out NAT rules and port forwarding.

How has it helped my organization?

There is no Network Engineer on site, and there are too many piecemeal options to realize the full effect of the firewall's capabilities.

What is most valuable?

Support is usually good when it comes to helping out with issues. Once the matrix is learned, it becomes a much better tool, but the learning curve is pretty large.

What needs improvement?

Port forwarding could use…
Real User
IT Services Coordinator with 11-50 employees
Apr 15 2019

What do you think of SonicWall NSA?

What is our primary use case?

Our primary use case is as a corporate firewall, and to provide security for the network while allowing connectivity between multiple sites. We also use it as a VPN gateway for multiple users via SSL.

How has it helped my organization?

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.

What is most valuable?

Compact 1u, 1/4 depth size. 16 x 10/100/1000 Mbps ports, fibre ready. Management interface that is relatively simple to figure out.

What needs improvement?

I feel that the SSL VPN client software needs a…
Sadiq Abdulwahab
Real User
Network Administrator at a printing company with 501-1,000 employees
Aug 05 2018

What is most valuable?

* 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. * Anti-Spam reduces unwanted mail on corporate exchange services.

How has it helped my organization?

The ability to configure the appliances for efficient usage. * Content filtering * Anti-Spam * URL blocking * Bandwidth management

What needs improvement?

After-sales support and hands-on training facilities are poor or not available in my country. Improving these will help users like me optimally manage and administer this solution.
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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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