SonicWall TZ Reviews

SonicWall TZ is the #12 ranked solution of our top Firewalls tools. It's rated 3.8 out of 5 stars, and is most commonly compared to Fortinet FortiGate - SonicWall TZ vs Fortinet FortiGate

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Bob-Thomas
Real User
Virtual CIO/ CISO at Kyber Security
Jul 09 2020

What is most valuable?

Once we moved the units up to the Gen 6 platform, they could support SSL-DPI. We are huge fans of the DPI. That piece is incredibly easy to implement. I'd say probably the most powerful thing about the solution is that coupled with the captured functionality.

What needs improvement?

We've turned the SSL inspection on, and it is a nightmare. It doesn't mean it doesn't work, but it will turn your world upside down for weeks until you tune it and get it right. That's an across the board problem. It's not just TZ. That's TZ's, NSA's, etc. Wherever you're using their implementation… more »

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

We've also used Cisco previously. A while back, we used to have Cisco as our primary choice, with SonicWall being our second. That changed when I came to the company in 2004, where SonicWall became our solution of choice. We've got 400 or 500 firewalls out there and we don't plan on changing over to… more »

What other advice do I have?

We're a Silver Partner. I'm not an engineer. I was a field engineer for nine years a long, long time ago. However, I'm not typically the one that gets my fingers into stuff, and it would be my engineering and senior engineering staff that do that. That said, I can say that I don't think any of our… more »
Rias Majeed
Real User
CIO IT Security - Connectivity at Exceed NetSec LLC
Jul 11 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are the UTM, site-to-site VPN, and client-to-site VPN. The site-to-site VPN allows us to connect between the branches. We also use the global… more »

How has it helped my organization?

We are an integrator and a solution provider. We implement this and other solutions for our customers.

What needs improvement?

In some places, we face problems, especially in the client VPN portion. There are certain places where we are not able to contact. We don't have the lease line, static IP… more »

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

License renewals come in around $35,000 to $45,000. That's the retail price.

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

We did use a previous solution, but the client wanted to switch.

What other advice do I have?

If the client is using SonicWall, we use SonicWall as well, for reliability. If they're using Fortinet, we try to use the same thing and try to minimize the cost, that's… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

When it comes to marketing this type of solution to customers, we try to focus more on the Fortinet side. However, if they are already invested in a solution like… more »
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Harry Srolovitz
Reseller
Manager, Customer Security & Guidance at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Jul 07 2020

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are the ease of setup, ease of management, integration, the VPN integration andnet extender which is part of their remote access, and functionality. Overall, they've been… more »

How has it helped my organization?

Sonic has been very progressive, continually updating their product-line and service offerings to stay current with, and ahead of the evolving security landscape. Again, they have consistently… more »

What needs improvement?

Not relating to this product specifically, but I think overall the company needs to think more broadly about security continuity across the entire security spectrum and integrate more security options… more »

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

I can't talk about specifics, but purchasing the product is an upfront capital expense for maintenance as well as for the product itself so I can't amortize that down to a monthly or annual figure… more »

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

We also provide CISCO solutions our clients where it may be a better fit. The decision on which solutions to use can be influenced by either existing infrastructure and/or the experience and resources… more »

What other advice do I have?

It's worth looking into this solution. It's a very competitive product in terms of pricing, performance and features. It's definitely worth evaluating, especially for small to medium size businesses… more »
Puneet Dobhal
Reseller
Director at VULPINE SOFTWARE PVT LTD
Jul 29 2020

What is most valuable?

The best thing about the product is the very good threat prevention output.

What needs improvement?

The dashboard needs to be improved. They can work on the GUI part of the solution. Currently, it is a little bit complicated as compared to other competitors. Each uplink is quite a big and complicated sort of tool. Other products, like Checkpoint, are so-so, however, they are better. Fortinet is a… more »

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

I also have experience with Sophos XG. I find that there aren't too many differences between firewalls, as everyone has the same platform and goals.

What other advice do I have?

We use this solution ourselves, however, we also deploy it for our clients. We're resellers. We're using the latest version of the solution. I don't know if I have specific advice, as each customer is different and has different needs in terms of security. It depends on their policies and how they… more »
Vendor
Vice President & Chief Information Officer at a aerospace/defense firm with 10,001+ employees
Apr 23 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature of this solution is that it is easy to install and maintain.

How has it helped my organization?

I have found this solution to be easier to use when compared to other products, such as those offered by Cisco.

What needs improvement?

The support for this product has to be improved. With what I use, I don't really require any other features.

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

The product pricing is relatively good, compared to other products, including the licenses. However, if you do not get support then the cost of the outlay is not really relevant.

What other advice do I have?

Currently, SonicWall is our primary solution. To me, it can no longer be the primary because if I need support then I may not get it. With other products, it is quite simple. For any new projects that… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We use other platforms including those offered by Cisco and Huawei. I had been looking into small firewall solutions that are capable of handling fiber-optic connections, rather than just Copper. I… more »
John Sturman
Real User
Technologist at Digifabshop (Hudson, NY)
Apr 23 2019

What is most valuable?

In terms of features, I find that this product has good configurability. It also does its job really well.

How has it helped my organization?

This product has a really good algorithm to find and deal with any kind of malware that comes into our network. We have had no incidents at all of any kind of piracy… more »

What needs improvement?

I find that the user interface for the product configuration needs improvement. It is not intuitive when you are trying to figure out how to get something done. An… more »

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

The pricing was a factor for us, and we felt that the price was good. The licensing cost is on an annual basis, and there are no additional costs.

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

We did not use a different solution prior to this one.

What other advice do I have?

My advice to others who are implementing this solution is to take advantage of their technical support. I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I did some research on other solutions, and I found that they were all pretty much similar. I was having a very hard time choosing an alternative, so I went with what we… more »
Svein Jensen
Real User
Senior Engineer at KDsystems
Jul 05 2019

How has it helped my organization?

Its ease of installation has improved my organization. That's what I do most. I install the firewalls.

What needs improvement?

I don't have anything that I would say needs improving at the moment. The small business line has less PPS throughput and that's what you're going to lose on when you use WatchGuard. So they need to… more »

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

The pricing is where you might lose to WatchGuard now. I'm looking into moving some parts over to WatchGuard because they are on the small business side. But if you compare the TZ300 and 400 series… more »

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

Moved to new Employer.

What other advice do I have?

We use a variety of models, from the TZ300, up to the NSA 2600. For businesses, I recommend TZ400. I would rate the solution 8 out of 10. I would rate WatchGuard itself 10, because I really like that… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I wasn't a part of any decision making in terms of options.
Umut Erol
Real User
Partner at 0ve1
Jul 01 2019

What is most valuable?

The feature we found most valuable in SonicWall TZ is that it is user-friendly for an administrator.

How has it helped my organization?

We like the graphic user interface on SonicWall TZ. We use matrix principles to improve our organization.

What needs improvement?

We would like to improve the rules configuration in SonicWall TZ. Sometimes the rules don't work. We cannot prove that the rules don't work. Maybe they can improve that. Sometimes you write a rule in SonicWall and users are not able to use YouTube, Facebook, or Instagram. Users can see YouTube or… more »

What other advice do I have?

On a scale from one to ten, I would rate this product a nine. You can always improve some things.
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What is SonicWall TZ?

The secure, sophisticated SonicWALL TZ is widely deployed at small businesses, retail, government, remote sites and branch offices. It combines high-performance intrusion prevention, malware blocking, content/URL filtering and application control.
Also known as
Dell SonicWALL TZ
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