SonicWall: Next-Gen Firewall Overview and Analysis

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Company Description

SonicWall has existed for almost thirty years. In that time, it has gone public, been acquired by Dell, and late last year became independent again. Today, SonicWall next-generation firewalls and network security solutions protect more than 1 million networks worldwide, for more than 500,000 organizations in more than 150 countries.

Product Description

Although SonicWall is considered a Niche Player by Gartner, it offers a great many firewall options. There are five models within the TZ Entry Level Firewall Series, providing an entry-level next-generation firewall. It includes deep packet inspection, multi-engine sandboxing, anti-malware, intrusion prevention, web filtering, and secure remote access. For mid-sized organizations, the Network Security Appliance (NSA) Mid-Range Firewall is an NGFW platform built on a multi-core hardware architecture featuring 10 GbE interfaces. Features include application intelligence and control, real-time visualization, and WLAN management. For the largest of networks, SonicWall SuperMassive has sandboxing, SSL inspection, intrusion prevention, anti-malware, application identification, content filtering, real-time threat handling, centralized management, analytics and reporting.

"We sell firewalls that can be configured either as next-generation firewalls (NGFW) or as unified threat management (UTM) solutions for smaller companies," said SonicWall product director John Gordineer.

Markets and Use Cases

SonicWall has a portfolio of firewalls targeted at SMBs, the midmarket and large enterprises.


Gateway throughput of up to 9 Gbps on the SuperMassive 9800, TLS/SSL inspection throughput of up to 3 Gbps, and up to 10 million connections.

Security Qualifications

Certifications include: UC APL4, ICSA Enterprise Firewall, IPV6 Phase 2, VPNC, VPAT, FIPS 140-24, Common Criteria NDPP4, ICSA Anti-Virus4 Hardware 9200 9400 9600 9800.


The SonicWall Capture Labs threat research team researches and develops countermeasures to deploy to firewalls for up-to-date protection. The team gathers data on potential threats from several sources, including its Capture Advanced Threat Protection network sandboxing service, as well as more than a million SonicWall sensors located around the globe that monitor traffic for emerging threats. This data is analyzed via machine learning using deep learning algorithms. NSA appliances also have access to SonicWall CloudAV, which extends the onboard signature intelligence with more than 20 million signatures. This CloudAV database is accessed by the firewall to augment the inspection done on the appliance.


On premise appliances.


Agents include enforced McAfee virus clients, enforced content filtering client, SSL-VPN remote access clients, IPSec VPN clients.


Pricing for firewalls largely depends on the size of network, number of security subscription services purchased, etc. It ranges from around $500 for a small business or branch office up to around $80,000 for a large organization central office for hardware and a single year of security subscription services.

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