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Hillstone E-Series vs. SonicWall Netextender
July 2022
Find out what your peers are saying about Hillstone E-Series vs. SonicWall Netextender and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
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Pros
"Five out of five ROI.""Very reliable solution with good scalability and straightforward implementation.""The installation is easy, we have not had any complaints from our customers.""This solution has two main features that we find very valuable; a threat-intelligence option, and a web/application filtering option. The technical support team are very good and very quick."

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"The initial setup is pretty easy.""The initial setup is pretty straightforward.""It allows us to work remotely.""NetExtender works very well. I never had an issue with it, and it has been working well for me. In terms of management, you have good control over the destination. You can use NetExtender to set the policy and the static route for a client. You can modify it based on what your client needs or can access. You have good control over routing.""Employees can have access to the network from home.""The most valuable feature for the Netextender is the ease with which we can integrate it with SAML.""I found nothing of value in this solution."

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Cons
"The current usage reporting is very basic.""SSL VPN license cost is not cheap."

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"They need to rewrite the software to make it a usable product.""SonicWall can be difficult for some people, but I don't find it difficult. Some companies provide a VPN client for free, but you have to pay for NetExtender.""The solution takes up a lot of bandwidth.""Right now, you have to load each license on to an appliance. You can't pool across multiple appliances. So, you end up having to do a lot of administrative work to recover if an internet provider goes down, and you cannot leverage it as easily into a DR solution.""There must be a multi-factor authentication enabled or integrated by default with it in order to be integrated with NetExtender.""The Netextender application itself doesn't really look pretty, however, we can still use it. We don't care what it looks like. That said, if they did a cosmetic update, that would be fine."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The licensing model is very complex with many subcategories of licenses you can purchase. They could make it more simplified for customers to understand."
  • "The cost per year for licensing, and hardware, is approximately $850 for the basic plan."
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  • "After a certain number of users, you require extra licensing."
  • "You have to pay for its license. There are some other companies that provide a VPN client for free. When you buy NetExtender, its license is available for one, three, or five years."
  • "Cost wise, it would be a few hundred dollars for the base appliance with the first five clients. Then from there, your cost per seat depends on how many you're getting. It's a one-time cost, and then you have a few hundred dollars a year for the maintenance contract once you get the one-time seat costs out of the way."
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    Top Answer:Very reliable solution with good scalability and straightforward implementation.
    Top Answer:The licensing model is very complex with many subcategories of licenses you can purchase. They could make it more simplified for customers to understand.
    Top Answer:The room for improvement would be the SSL VPN license cost. They're not cheap, that's the only problem. Those are a little more on expensive side, but again, not many would deploy Hillstone for SSL… more »
    Top Answer:It allows us to work remotely.
    Top Answer:After a certain number of users, you require extra licensing. I don't remember how much it costs, but I remember it wasn't expensive.
    Top Answer:I am rolling out the new Netextender because I am having some issues with the older version. If I update the client with the newer version, the issues will go away.
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    Overview

    Hillstone E-Series next generation firewalls provide visibility and control of web applications regardless of port, protocol, or evasive action. It can identify and prevent potential threats associated with high-risk applications while providing policy-based control over applications, users, and user-groups. Policies can be defined that guarantee bandwidth to mission-critical applications while restricting or blocking inappropriate or malicious applications. Hillstone E-Series firewalls incorporate comprehensive network security and advanced firewall features. They provide superior price performance, excellent energy efficiency, and a smaller size when compared to competing products.

    -Enforce granular access policies and extend network access through native clients
    -Enhance firewall encryption and security by redirecting all client traffic through VPN
    -Reduce administrative overhead by simplifying remote access management

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    Sample Customers
    Bank of China Macao, Instituto Tecnológico Bolivariano, Ministry of Labor in San Salvador, FEDCO
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    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider39%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Government8%
    Manufacturing Company5%
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    Comms Service Provider22%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Government6%
    Educational Organization6%
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    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise64%
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    Small Business71%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise14%
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    Small Business47%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise36%
    Buyer's Guide
    Hillstone E-Series vs. SonicWall Netextender
    July 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Hillstone E-Series vs. SonicWall Netextender and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
    622,645 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Hillstone E-Series is ranked 12th in Enterprise Infrastructure VPN with 3 reviews while SonicWall Netextender is ranked 10th in Enterprise Infrastructure VPN with 7 reviews. Hillstone E-Series is rated 9.6, while SonicWall Netextender is rated 7.0. The top reviewer of Hillstone E-Series writes "Efficient call processor and overall amazing ROI". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SonicWall Netextender writes "Hard to set up with lag issues and unhelpful technical support". Hillstone E-Series is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Sophos XG, Hillstone T-Series, Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls and Palo Alto Networks WildFire, whereas SonicWall Netextender is most compared with SonicWall Connect Tunnel, SonicWall Mobile Connect, OpenVPN Access Server, SonicWall SMA and Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client. See our Hillstone E-Series vs. SonicWall Netextender report.

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