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"Five out of five ROI.""The installation is easy, we have not had any complaints from our customers.""Very reliable solution with good scalability and straightforward implementation."

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"I think they ask for a fair price.""I am very satisfied with the technical support.""The performance is good.""SonicWall SMA allows us to provide CML-based access to any user.""I like the load balancing capability.""What I like best about SonicWall SMA is the relationship between its features and its price, because the solution is both affordable and functional.""Secure Mobile Access (SMA) is easy to configure and the deployment is straightforward. However, this is mostly because of the AWS setup."

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Cons
"SSL VPN license cost is not cheap."

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"I'd like to see the product maybe polish keyboards in Bookmark.""User interface could be improved.""The solution has 2FA, it will generate a token and send it to an email, but multifactor authentication is not available. I would suggest that there should be MFA integration and provided with the appliance.""The timed synchronization between the network appliance needs improvement.""The only thing that they could try to improve is the support for enterprise customers. Normally enterprises and SMBs can create a ticket, but for enterprises, SonicWall SMA needs to provide a global view, and this is what's currently missing. It's not even a question of timing. It's a question of the global vision because currently, it's lacking. They concentrate on the topic, but not on the means and not on the global picture. In most cases, there's something wrong with the integration of SonicWall SMA with other products, so that could also be improved.""SonicWall's reporting isn't good. Reports should be part of a data plan. The login mechanism should be improved. It would be helpful if the client could use an agent to log in. An agent-server model would improve the performance of the RDB, which consumes a lot of bandwidth.""The problem is that when combined with what the client already has, there are two different logins and two different management systems, and these should be consolidated into a single interface."

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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."
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  • "Our licenses are stackable and can be anywhere from five users to a million users."
  • "This solution is priced well and we currently have the maximum number of licenses allowed."
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    Questions from the Community
    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:What I like best about SonicWall SMA is the relationship between its features and its price, because the solution is both affordable and functional.
    Top Answer:My company uses SonicWall SMA mainly in distributed networks, and for that purpose, the product is okay, so I don't see any room for improvement in the product itself. SonicWall SMA is okay. The only… more »
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    Also Known As
    SonicWall Aventail, SonicWall SMA SSL-VPN, SonicWall Secure Mobile Access
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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.

    SonicWall SMA is a unified secure access gateway that enables organizations to provide anytime, anywhere and any device access to mission critical corporate resources. SMA's granular access control policy engine, context aware device authorization, application level VPN and advanced authentication with single sign-on empowers organizations to embrace BYOD and mobility in a hybrid IT environment.
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    Sample Customers
    Bank of China Macao, Instituto Tecnológico Bolivariano, Ministry of Labor in San Salvador, FEDCO
    UnitedStack, Newport City Homes, Faith Lutheran College Redlands, PRIME aerostructures GmbH, Celtic Manor Resort
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider35%
    Computer Software Company23%
    Government8%
    Manufacturing Company5%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company27%
    Comms Service Provider18%
    Government9%
    Non Profit4%
    Company Size
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise63%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business73%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise9%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business36%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise45%
    Buyer's Guide
    Hillstone E-Series vs. SonicWall SMA
    May 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Hillstone E-Series vs. SonicWall SMA and other solutions. Updated: May 2022.
    607,127 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Hillstone E-Series is ranked 6th in SSL VPN with 2 reviews while SonicWall SMA is ranked 4th in SSL VPN with 7 reviews. Hillstone E-Series is rated 9.0, while SonicWall SMA is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of Hillstone E-Series writes "Efficient call processor and overall amazing ROI". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SonicWall SMA writes "Has a good relationship between features and pricing, as it's both affordable and functional". Hillstone E-Series is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Hillstone T-Series, Sophos XG, Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls and Palo Alto Networks WildFire, whereas SonicWall SMA is most compared with SonicWall Netextender, Fortinet FortiClient, Pulse Connect Secure, Microsoft Azure VPN Gateway and Citrix Gateway. See our Hillstone E-Series vs. SonicWall SMA report.

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