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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... 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... 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... more»

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

SonicWall absolutely has the best bang for the buck hands down. Other firewalls are two to three times as expensive... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

We had a SonicWall 5060 PRO and upgraded to the SonicWall NSA 4500s. They are near EOL and another upgrade will soon be... more»

What other advice do I have?

At the time of this post SonicWall is now owned by private equity firm Francisco Partners and Elliott Management. I... more»
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... 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... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

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... 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... more»
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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... more»

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... more»

What needs improvement?

SonicWall has weaknesses. During its tenure with Dell, it was severely damaged (its reputation, innovation, etc.). It... 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... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

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... more»
Michael D'Antignac
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... more»

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... 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.... more»

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

The NSA series has several suites available depending on your security needs. Pricing and licensing is straightforward based on the suite you... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

A Cisco ASA 5500 was used prior to the NSA 6600. We switched to a UTM to have a comprehensive security solution and one interface to manage it.
Kevin Cabrera
Real User
IT Supervisor at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Jul 18 2017

What is most valuable?

Since we have a strict SLA of 99.98% up-time on our network per year, (including maintenance), resilience is our main... more»

How has it helped my organization?

We have had zero downtime since the deployment of NSA 4600 (HA).

What needs improvement?

I'm not quite impressed with their new logging interface.

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

SonicWall's Next Generation Firewall itself, I believe, is not expensive for the features and the protection it offers.... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

SonicWall NGFW has always provided the protection and uptime that we have needed. We never thought of switching to... more»

What other advice do I have?

Ask for a demo unit first before buying this.
Presalesa8b7
Real User
Presales Manager
Jul 06 2017

What is most valuable?

* SSL VPN & Application Control * SSL VPN is important since several people are mobile and need files to access the... more»

How has it helped my organization?

* Creating site to site VPN for HQ * Branch via satellite connection for the branch

What needs improvement?

Access management port: This needs improving by SonicWall firmware.

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

Pricing and licensing are competitive for this product.

Which solutions did we use previously?

We switched because of stability issues when turning on the UTM feature.

What other advice do I have?

If you looking for a simple site-to-site VPN, stable UTM feature, and easy SSL VPN setup, then this solution is OK.
Muhammed Yasir
Real User
Director Information Systems at a transportation company with 51-200 employees
Jul 13 2017

What do you think of SonicWall NSA?

What is most valuable?: Security and Filtering. We bought this device for security and to filter traffic on our network -- these features are working fine. I think these are the most important features for anyone who is interested in UTM. • How has it helped my organization?: Security and Filtering. • What needs improvement?: Firmware. Sometimes the integrated certificates get expired and you need to contact support to get these certificates updated on your device -- to let all the services work properly. • For how long have I used the solution?: Three to four years. • What do I think about the stability of the solution?: I didn't encounter any issues with stability. • What do I think about the scalability of the solution?: I don't know because we are not...
ManagDir227
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... more»

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... more»
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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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