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Pros
"The solution has plenty of features.""The most valuable feature of this solution is how it keeps up-to-date with viruses.""WildFire's application encryption is useful.""The way that the solution quickly updates to adjust to threats is the solution's most valuable aspect. When there's a security attack, within five minutes, all Wildfire subscribers have access to updates so that all systems will be safe. Its threat prevention is way better than other vendor products.""The backup is the best feature.""The most valuable feature is the improved security that it offers.""The most valuable feature is the cloud-based protection against zero-day malware attacks.""You have better control because you define apps. You just don't define ports. You define apps, and the apps are monitored in the traffic. It is more specific than the Cisco firewall when it comes to our needs."

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"We like the features, but the main thing is from a commercial and cost perspective it is very good.""SonicWall NSa has a user-friendly firmware""Compared to Cisco, SonicWall NSa is much easier to configure.""SonicWall NSA is easy to deploy, easy to maintain, and easy to configure.""The technical support is very good.""Easy to setup and implement""Setup is easy. Anyone with basic firewall experience can do it.""The most valuable features are that it is reasonably-priced and works well."

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Cons
"The threat intelligence that we receiving in the reporting was not as expected. We were expecting more. Additionally, we should be able to whitelist a specific file based on a variety of attributes.""The support is good but they could be faster.""The automation and responsiveness need improvement.""In the future, I would like to see more automation in the reporting.""Management and web filtering can be improved. There should also be better reporting, particularly around web filtering.""The price of WildFire should be reduced in order to make it more affordable for our customers.""It's not really their problem, it's a problem across the board. There will always be problems with interrupted traffic. We have to set it up where we're playing a middle man game where we're stripping it out, looking at it, and then putting it back together and sending it on its way. That requires CPU cycles. And there's some overhead with that.""The system performance degrades after the solution has been deployed for some time. The data that it gives us becomes a little bit slow. When you try to get some data for troubleshooting, it seems like it's working hard to extract that data."

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"The content filter needs to be improved.""I would like to have a built-in vulnerability scanner in the firewall. It would be great to have such functionality. Its price could also be better. It would also be good to have a local warehouse. It doesn't get damaged a lot, but if a customer needs a replacement, currently, it has to come from Miami or Mexico, which can take a few days. It would be better if they have a local warehouse from where we can just pick replacements and quickly solve a client's needs in terms of replacing equipment. It would be great to have it locally instead of waiting for it from Mexico or the USA.""I would like U.S.-based technical support.""I would like to see better integration.""Sometimes I found the GUI and some of the features a little bit hard to navigate, as opposed to Fortigate, which is much more user-friendly.""The reporting and monitoring are a bit complex and should be easier in SonicWall NSa because other firewalls I have experienced have been more simple, such as Palo Alto. We are able to receive a clear view of our network. As a general user with little experience, it would be difficult for them to handle.""Some of the configurations could be better.""We still get phishing emails that manage to come through from time to time."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"We pay between $3,000 and $4,000 CAD ($2,200 - $3,000 USD) per year to maintain this solution.""The price is a bit higher than the other products such as TrendMicro, or FireEye.""This solution is very pricey and it depends on the package that you implement.""I think they should lower the price of this solution""Pricing could be improved.""It depends on the features. Additional features cost additional money as well.""The solution is overpriced.""The pricing is highly expensive."

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"If you want to connect more than five concurrent users by VPN then you have to pay an additional fee.""Its price is okay.""While I don't know the exact amount off the top of my head, I would estimate the licensing package was about $15,000 to $20,000 a year.""You need their analyzer to properly generate reports. This is an expensive, licensed feature, with a complex application or appliance back-end.""There is a license required for this solution and you can purchase a one, two, or three year term. Typically businesses choose the one year subscription and then later choose the three year licensing option if they are satisfied.""The pricing and value are good.""It would be better if it has a better price, but its price is okay considering the benefits that you receive.""When implemented properly, the total cost of operation is very low."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer:  The Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall is a very powerful and very complex piece of anti-viral software. When one considers that fact, it is all the more impressive that the setup is a fairly… more »
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Top Answer: The antivirus and items of that nature were quite helpful to have.
Top Answer: Our organization would pay for a license every two to three years.
Top Answer: Sometimes I found the GUI and some of the features a little bit hard to navigate, as opposed to Fortigate, which is much more user-friendly. What Fortigate has which SonicWall doesn't, is the per rule… more »
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Also Known As
NSA 250M, NSA 2600, NSA 3600, NSA 4600, NSA 5600, Dell SonicWALL NSA
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Overview
WildFire™ cloud-based threat analysis service is the industry’s most advanced analysis and prevention engine for highly evasive zero-day exploits and malware. The cloud-based service employs a unique multi-technique approach combining dynamic and static analysis, innovative machine learning techniques, and a groundbreaking bare metal analysis environment to detect and prevent even the most evasive threats.
Achieve a deeper level of security with the SonicWALL Network Security Appliance (NSA) Series of next-generation firewalls. NSA Series appliances integrate automated and dynamic security capabilities into a single platform, combining the patented, SonicWALL Reassembly Free Deep Packet Inspection (RFDPI) firewall engine with a powerful, massively scalable, multi-core architecture. Now you can block even the most sophisticated threats with an intrusion prevention system (IPS) featuring advanced anti-evasion capabilities, SSL decryption and inspection, and network-based malware protection that leverages the power of the cloud.
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Sample Customers
Novamedia, Nexon Asia Pacific, Lenovo, Samsonite, IOOF, Sinogrid, SanDisk Corporation
Orange County Rescue Mission, First Source, Michaels & Taylor, Green Clinic Health System, Aspire Chiltern Skills and Enterprise Centre, UnitedStack, Faith Lutheran College Redlands, Celtic Manor Resort, Star Kay White, Air Works, Unimat Life, NHS Yorkshire and Humber Commissioning Support (YHCS), Hutt City Council, Mato Grosso do Sul, Nspyre
Top Industries
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Comms Service Provider17%
Government17%
Financial Services Firm11%
Retailer11%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider26%
Computer Software Company23%
Government7%
Energy/Utilities Company4%
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Manufacturing Company19%
Educational Organization15%
Healthcare Company12%
Marketing Services Firm8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider27%
Computer Software Company20%
Government6%
Educational Organization5%
Company Size
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Small Business50%
Midsize Enterprise13%
Large Enterprise38%
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Small Business19%
Midsize Enterprise11%
Large Enterprise70%
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Small Business66%
Midsize Enterprise15%
Large Enterprise19%
Find out what your peers are saying about Palo Alto Networks, RSA, Microsoft and others in Advanced Threat Protection (ATP). Updated: November 2021.
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Palo Alto Networks WildFire is ranked 1st in Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) with 17 reviews while SonicWall NSa is ranked 15th in Firewalls with 35 reviews. Palo Alto Networks WildFire is rated 8.4, while SonicWall NSa is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of Palo Alto Networks WildFire writes "Good technical support and provides automatic analysis that saves us time in filtering email". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SonicWall NSa writes "A rugged solution capable of defeating advanced threats". Palo Alto Networks WildFire is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Cisco ASA Firewall, Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall, Juniper SRX and Proofpoint Email Protection, whereas SonicWall NSa is most compared with Meraki MX, Fortinet FortiGate, WatchGuard Firebox, SonicWall TZ and Juniper SRX.

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