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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.
Sadiq Abdulwahab
Real User
Network Administrator at Nigerian Security Printing & Minting Plc
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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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 »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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 »
Tim Cook
User
Manager at Smeja Enterprises
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…
Vaniele Ferreira
User
Consultant at Techmail
Jul 11 2018

What do you think of SonicWall NSA?

What is our primary use case?

Our network has 150 users. We have two internet connections, an IPsec VPN, a DHCP server, a DMZ, WiFi, access controls and a load balancer, and two appliances with HA.

How has it helped my organization?

It is a good product, but very modular and with native resources which are much lower than its competitors. 

What is most valuable?

Web filter DHCP Monitoring capabilities IPsec VPN and other security controls Integration with the active directory and other security controls (IPS and IDS).

What needs improvement?

Load balance algorithms Resource usage graphs (throughput, connections, external accesses, and the possibility to export the content of the address object).

For how long have I used the solution?

More than five years.

What's my

Consultant
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 concern. It is a good thing that our very own NSA… 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. Though the licensing is the big problem, especially… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

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

What other advice do I have?

Ask for a demo unit first before buying this.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We never had the chance to evaluate other options. But lots of my friends are bugging me to take a look at Sophos XG firewalls.
Vendor
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… 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… 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 choose.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

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.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We considered upgrading the ASA to include the IPS module and adding a second unit for HA. We also considered PaloAlto but at the time considered it too pricey for our needs. As for as an online… more »
Muhammed Yasir
Real User
Director Information Systems at a transportation company with 51-200 employees
Jul 13 2017

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… more »

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.

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

It's expensive but has worth.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

This is our first time choosing a UTM.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Fortinet, Dreytek.
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 server in the office. This is convenient, since they… 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 solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

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.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated Sophos, Fortigate, and Stonesoft.
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… 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… 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… 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 both in initial cost and recurring maintenance cost… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

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

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 would research those firms and form an opinion as to… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

It’s been so long ago I can’t remember.
Vendor
IT Infrastucture - Cloud Admin at Primary S.A.
Feb 10 2016

What is most valuable?

* Site-to-Site VPN * Deep Packet Inspection * Easy routing capabilities * Stability * AD integration * Traffic shaping options * VLAN options per interface * APP based… more »

How has it helped my organization?

With Site-to-Site VPN we can connect several branch office that we have and with the routing options we can setup a VPN backup route using different ISPs, this is great… more »

What needs improvement?

Sometimes, the GUI is extremely annoying and you need to implement external tools for better network monitoring. The GUI needs to be worked on as sometimes it's annoying… more »

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

You have to look if this device will do the task that you need, and if it does with which license do it. If you haven't got a license, you almost cannot use this… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We didn't have a solution in place previously.

What other advice do I have?

SonicWALL offers two operating modes, per IP basis, and per zone basis. You should design your network for work on the per zone basis. It will be easier and effective to… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We didn't look at any other options.

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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