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What is SonicWall NSSP?

The SonicWall Network Security services platform (NSsp) 12000 series takes a modern approach to threat detection and prevention by combining cloud intelligence with appliance-based protection in a scalable, high-speed platform.

SonicWall NSSP was previously known as SonicWall Network Security Services Platform.

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Pricing Advice

What users are saying about SonicWall NSSP pricing:
  • "You got to buy some VPN licenses, and there might be a $40 to $50 one-time license fee per current user. There are different layers. They have several different levels of event security software and depending on the model, it seems to come out to be $1 to $2 a day. So, if you bought a three-year license, it is going to be anywhere from $900 to $1800 depending on the bundle and model that you buy."
  • "For SonicWall NSSP high availability, active/passive, you need to buy one license, and so you get much more value for money."

SonicWall NSSP Reviews

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John Holbel
President at CMIT Solutions
MSP
Top 5
Good VPN functionality, very good support, easy to manage, and meets all of our needs

Pros and Cons

  • "The VPN functionality is really good. Overall, the whole device is very easy to manage. The software that comes with it is also good."
  • "Its reporting functions can be improved. It has decent reporting, but you got to pay a lot more money for it. That's where it begins to fall apart. It comes with minimal zero reporting unless you buy some extra modules. With those extra modules, you can get all the data, but it takes a while to put together what you need for your customer. It is for technical people, but there is no executive summary of the reporting."

What is our primary use case?

Our clients mainly use it for their firewall protection.

What is most valuable?

The VPN functionality is really good. Overall, the whole device is very easy to manage. The software that comes with it is also good. 

What needs improvement?

Its reporting functions can be improved. It has decent reporting, but you got to pay a lot more money for it. That's where it begins to fall apart. It comes with minimal zero reporting unless you buy some extra modules. With those extra modules, you can get all the data, but it takes a while to put together what you need for your customer. It is for technical people, but there is no executive summary of the reporting.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for probably three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It has been stable. I haven't had any issues.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

As compared to other vendors, it isn't better or worse. However, if you need an upgrade, it seems like you got to make a couple of jumps. Something should be in the middle so that you don't have to go to a much higher piece of hardware. If I need 50% more capacity, I almost have to buy two to three times more capacity. It seems like it has a bigger jump than other vendors, but this is just my opinion. I don't have any data to base that on.

How are customer service and technical support?

Their technical support is very good. If I had to pick between the top three firewalls with all things being equal, I would go with SonicWall just for the support and ease of management. Cisco is very good, but SonicWall has very good support.

How was the initial setup?

Its initial setup is absolutely easy. In general, SonicWall is overall very easy.

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

You got to buy some VPN licenses, and there might be a $40 to $50 one-time license fee per current user. There are different layers. They have several different levels of event security software and depending on the model, it seems to come out to be $1 to $2 a day. So, if you bought a three-year license, it is going to be anywhere from $900 to $1800 depending on the bundle and model that you buy.

What other advice do I have?

It is definitely a good fit for small to mid-size companies. I am always a little hesitant to say large companies because they may have a few different requirements because they're large enough. That's where you begin to differentiate between the firewalls or some of those features that are there in one but might not be there in other ones, but I would always consider it. I would even consider it for a large company, but when you compare it with Fortinet or some of the other firewalls that are geared towards big companies, you can start seeing where they might be lacking a feature or two. I am not even sure if those features are the key critical requirements, but that's where it starts to fall down.

I would rate SonicWall NSSP a nine out of ten. I am not implementing it for a large company, but it meets all of our needs very well.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
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ML
Interim CEO at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 20
Is stable and scalable, and has sandbox and DPI-SSL features

Pros and Cons

  • "SonicWall NSSP is stable and scalable too."
  • "The user interface, the GUI, could be improved."

What is our primary use case?

We use it for the data center to protect the server and prevent internal attacks and also external attacks, if they can pass through the first tier-one firewall.

What is most valuable?

The sandbox and the DPI-SSL are two main key features that I find valuable.

SonicWall NSSP is stable and scalable too.

You also get more value for money compared to that of other solutions.

What needs improvement?

The user interface, the GUI, could be improved.

If they decide to simplify the GUI, it would be good because there is no point in being so different from others. If you do that, you may be sacrificing the strengths of the product.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using SonicWall NSSP for two or three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is a stable solution.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

SonicWall NSSP is sufficient and quick enough to be scalable. There are no issues with supporting the data center. So, there are no problems with scalability. We plan to increase usage as well.

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

Previously we used Fortinet. We switched to SonicWall NSSP because the newer prices for Fortinet were quite expensive when it came to subscriptions.

Then, when it came to HA, high availability, we would have had to pay for two licenses for Fortinet. With regard to active/passive, we would still have had to pay for two licenses.

When I deployed SonicWall NSSP high availability, active/passive, I didn't need to buy two licenses; I just needed to buy one license. So, when it comes to total cost of ownership, for me SonicWall NSSP gives much more value for money.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is quite complex because we have to get a lot of policies.

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

For SonicWall NSSP high availability, active/passive, you need to buy one license, and so you get much more value for money.

What other advice do I have?

If I were to rate this solution on a scale from one to ten, I would rate it at ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Executive Vice President at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Reseller
Delivers results, user-friendly, and stable

What is most valuable?

It has been delivering results efficiently. Its configurations and updates have been easy. It is also user-friendly.

What needs improvement?

No security product is foolproof against hackers, intruders, and other such things. As a security product, they have to keep pace in terms of protection from new hackers and intruders.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for the last three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I have not tried scaling it.

How was the initial setup?

Its initial setup is slightly complex, but it is much easier than other solutions.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend this solution. I…

What is most valuable?

It has been delivering results efficiently. Its configurations and updates have been easy. It is also user-friendly.

What needs improvement?

No security product is foolproof against hackers, intruders, and other such things. As a security product, they have to keep pace in terms of protection from new hackers and intruders.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for the last three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I have not tried scaling it.

How was the initial setup?

Its initial setup is slightly complex, but it is much easier than other solutions.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend this solution. I would advise others to look at the sizing they want and choose accordingly.

I would rate SonicWall NSSP an eight out of ten.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Reseller
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