If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering SonicWall NSA, what would you say?
How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?
This product is not as well known as some others because it is not marketed as well as it could be. My advice for others who are implementing the solution is to do the sizing well. If it is done correctly then there will not be any problems. I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.
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.
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 features. So really, you have to do your homework. I work in an African country, knowledge is something they are still gaining, and SonicWall is too difficult for most people to manage, versus a Fortigate where it's really a step-through and you know what you're doing, you can see what you're doing. You can't really see that on a SonicWall. It's very hard to manage this box. You really need a lot of skills to operate the SonicWall. There is training and the like, but it's just hard to manage. Even if you have the knowledge, there are too many options. The menus are not very clear, where you should find the information.
Avoid this company. They have no idea what they are doing, except a slick marketing campaign. They don't listen to their customers. The only evolution of the product in the last few years was a slight redesign of the web interface and DNS proxy. They will push their SonicWall "Capture" but this has nothing to do with the Firewall product itself, it is a windows based NextGen A/V based on Sentinal with ATP.