SonicWall TZ Scalability

Virtual CIO/ CISO at Kyber Security
There's a couple of different ways to answer the question of scalability. They've built the TZ line wide enough so that we've got enough of a selection to be able to fit most bandwidth and user count situations. It's never going to fit everybody and it's not meant to. It shouldn't. It is a little challenging to try to get one of the boxes to do full wire speed. I'm not so sure inside that box, at the price point, you're going to solve that problem. That's why we sold the 6650. One client has got a one gig fiber line and they're in a school. On an NSA 3600, he can't get over 400 on it. I told him he never would. Some days I'd be surprised to get 400, depending on the user count. The TZ lineup is pretty good, however, I'm not so sure I'd use the word scalable. If what we mean by scalable is, "oh, well, I buy a 300 and I buy it for 10 users, but I can scale up to 30 users with that box," the answer to that is no you can't. If you ask "could I scale up to 25 users and move to 200 or 300 or 400 meg?" You can't. We've got somebody in that situation right now and we're quoting a box replacement because it just can't scale that way. You can't necessarily scale on the appliance. You've got to get the right size. That's the easiest way to scale. If it's the right-sized appliance for the environment with some headroom then I think most situations users are going to be fine. There's going to be some issues where somebody cheaps out. For example, we worked with a law firm. They bought a TZ 300 because they didn't want to spend the money for the 500. Now they're going to have to spend the money for the 500 anyway because they need to scale up. View full review »
Rias Majeed
CIO IT Security - Connectivity at Exceed NetSec LLC
Scalability-wise, with most of the mid-range solutions, there is no scalability. If you want to upgrade, you have to upgrade it. One good thing about SonicWall is the modular nature of the product. That means you can buy whatever part of the solution you want. That is one beauty of it. If you don't want IPS, you don't have to buy the IPS. That option, that's much better than anybody else. View full review »
Harry Srolovitz
Manager, Customer Security & Guidance at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Scalability is good but once you buy the product itself, you're limited to what that particular device can deliver in terms of throughput and add-on features. You can easily add on additional functionality through various software/licensing, but it can't scale up more than the product's physical limitations. To address this, Sonicwall does have an upgrade program to enable organizations to capitalize on any investments made in training and management tools. View full review »
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IT Supervisor at a construction company with 501-1,000 employees
Scalability is fine. Our needs do not vary regarding scalability. They are constant. We have about 50 users. View full review »
Vice President & Chief Information Officer at a aerospace/defense firm with 10,001+ employees
In terms of scalability, it is scalable to a certain extent. The downside is that one of the models has fiber-optic connections, but the other platforms do not support it. View full review »
John Sturman
Technologist at Digifabshop (Hudson, NY)
I imagine that the product is very scalable, but what we are using is probably one-tenth of its capacity. We have around fifty users. View full review »
Svein Jensen
Senior Engineer at KDsystems
I have no negative impression of the scalability. View full review »
Umut Erol
Partner at 0ve1
SonicWall TZ is scalable. The scalability is very good. View full review »
Network & System Engineer at Construction Products Holding Co.
The solution is very scalable. We don't plan to increase the usage right now. We have sufficient coverage. We don't plan future deployment. View full review »
Senior Manager - Information Technology at Bahrain Kuwait Insurance
The scalability of SonicWall TZ is good. It's easy-to-use and straightforward. One or two admins should be sufficient for user management. View full review »
Munjal Bhalgama
Owner at IT CARE
We have not needed to scale. We regularly have between 60 and 70 users in our company. Our customers for this product are small and medium-sized businesses. View full review »
Engineer at a pharma/biotech company with 501-1,000 employees
This is a nice product in terms of scalability. View full review »
Khizar Iqbal
IT Engineer at Asia General Contracting
It's scalable. View full review »
Bruce Bower
President with 11-50 employees
For the small clients that we're using it for it has quite a bit of capability. We don't need anything more. View full review »
Essam Alhanini
IT Admin at a healthcare company with 11-50 employees
Our IT administrator is just one person, me. View full review »
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