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SonicWall NSa vs. SonicWall TZ
May 2022
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Pros
"The dashboard is the most important thing. It provides good visibility and makes management easy. Firepower also provides us with good application visibility and control.""It's got the capabilities of amassing a lot of throughput with remote access and VPNs.""It is one of the fastest solutions, if not the fastest, in the security technology space. This gives us peace of mind knowing that as soon as a new attack comes online that we will be protected in short order. From that perspective, no one really comes close now to Firepower, which is hugely valuable to us from an upcoming new attack prevention perspective.""If you compare the ASA and the FirePOWER, the best feature with FirePOWER is easy to use GUI. It has most of the same functionality in the Next-Generation FirePOWER, such as IPS, IPS policies, security intelligence, and integration and identification of all the devices or hardware you have in your network. Additionally, this solution is user-friendly.""You do not have to do everything through a command line which makes it a lot easier to apply rules.""One of the most valuable features of Firepower 7.0 is the "live log" type feature called Unified Event Viewer. That view has been really good in helping me get to data faster, decreasing the amount of time it takes to find information, and allowing me to fix problems faster. I've found that to be incredibly valuable because it's a lot easier to get to some points of data now.""Another benefit has been user integration. We try to integrate our policies so that we can create policies based on active users. We can create policies based on who is accessing a resource instead of just IP addresses and ports.""The feature set is fine and is rarely a problem."

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"We like the features, but the main thing is from a commercial and cost perspective it is very good.""The most valuable features of this solution are intrusion detection, intrusion prevention, and the advanced capture client, which provides live traffic analysis.""This product is user-friendly and easy to configure.""It has excellent stability.""Compared to Cisco, SonicWall NSa is much easier to configure.""The technical support is very good.""The most valuable feature is the sandbox.""It is able to fulfill my requirements. It protects our network environment. It has control over IPS, signatures, and it can also manage bandwidth and mapping. It is also stable and has good support."

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"The performance has been very good. Overall, the solution is quite stable.""The most valuable features have been content filtering, and the interface is easy to navigate and to use.""The installation is straightforward and took approximately 30 minutes.""User-friendly firewall solution which scales well, is stable, and has high availability.""Ease of management and the VPN integration.""We like the central interface and we like the security features. Additionally, we use SonicWall with VPN connectivity and we have had no problems with SonicWall all these years.""Offers the right amount of control without being incredibly convoluted and frustrating.""It does exactly what it says on the tin. It is good for protecting the business from being compromised. Its port protection is very good."

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Cons
"Deploying configurations takes longer than it should.""Report generation is an area that should be improved.""I believe that the current feature set of the device is very good and the only thing that Cisco should work on is improving the user experience with the device.""Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall can be more secure.""The performance should be improved.""There is limited data storage on the appliance itself. So, you need to ship it out elsewhere in order for you to store it. The only point of consideration is around that area, basically limited storage on the machine and appliance. Consider logging it elsewhere or pushing it out to a SIEM to get better controls and manipulation over the data to generate additional metrics and visibility.""My team tells me that other solutions such as Fortinet and Palo Alto are easier to implement.""The visibility for VPN is one big part. The policy administration could be improved in terms of customizations and flexibility for changing it to our needs."

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"It doesn't require much improvement. The only improvement area is that cloud reporting, assessment reporting, and other reporting features should be available with the subscription. They should provide reporting features with the subscription base, which is currently not there. We bought the reporting tool, but there are some complications. They have made some changes to the application, and now the reporting management is completely on the cloud.""It would help us a lot of SonicWall sent us more information about the latest updates and things that are changing.""Some of the configurations could be better.""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.""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.""It would be useful to have an application firewall that prevents the outside world from seeing your private IPs. You don't need to publicize your private IPs to the outside world, and you can create a barrier, like a proxy server.""We have security as a service, and they make recommendations about adding to the denylist and other things. That part could be more accessible and more user-friendly. I'd like to see SonicWall add a user-friendly interface where our internal team can drag and drop everything.""The content filter needs to be improved."

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"The solution should provide some additional ports.""Although the pricing is good, it could always be lower. If we get to pay less, we're happier.""The price could be better for us in Bolivia.""I would like to see lower antivirus pricing.""You need to be a certificate holder to set it up and configure it. It's really important because it looks easy, but it is complex. You need to have the knowledge and experience. But this is normal for technical products. It's not a product for regular user. It's for technical people. You need to have skills.""Support for SonicWall TZ needs improvement, particularly the time it takes before you're able to speak to a support person, e.g. you have to wait for at least 30 minutes on the phone.""Needs more robust self-help documentation along with examples and things to watch out for.""I would like the solution to build in more redundancy. I"

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Cisco pricing is premium. However, they gave us a 50 to 60 percent discount."
  • "There are additional implementation and validation costs."
  • "Cisco, as we all know, is expensive, but for the money you are paying, you know that you are also getting top-notch documentation as well as support if needed."
  • "This product requires licenses for advanced features including Snort, IPS, and malware detection."
  • "This product is expensive."
  • "For me, personally, as an individual, Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall is expensive."
  • "The price of Firepower is not bad compared to other products."
  • "The solution was chosen because of its price compared to other similar solutions."
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  • "If you want to connect more than five concurrent users by VPN then you have to pay an additional fee."
  • "SonicWall is a one-time purchase and there is no renewal license."
  • "The pricing and value are good."
  • "The pricing is good and we are satisfied with the cost of this solution."
  • "SonicWall is not an expensive solution."
  • "The price is reasonable for what it does."
  • "When implemented properly, the total cost of operation is very low."
  • "Licensing fees are paid on a yearly basis, and we are happy with the pricing."
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  • "The price is high compared to some other solutions."
  • "Its pricing is okay as compared to other solutions."
  • "The price is fair."
  • "The license that we purchased is good for three years."
  • "Its price is very high, which makes it difficult to convince the clients to buy this solution."
  • "The price is fair for the solution for the quality you receive."
  • "You need to purchase multiple licenses to manage multiple devices which is cost-prohibitive for the value you would receive."
  • "Customers are required to pay for a yearly subscription."
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    Answers from the Community
    Niranjan Prajapati
    Pedro Escalona - PeerSpot reviewerPedro Escalona
    Real User

    Basically, the main difference is that the TZ series is intended for a Branch office since it has fewer ports and the speed is around 1 GB. 


    The NSA series has more processor power and more port where you can create subnets and zones (like DMZ). Also, it has ports with 10 Gb and a processor to support the demand. 


    I have read that an approximate number of users in the highest TZ series (TZ 670) is around 150 to 200 but that is just an estimate. 


    Hope this helps. You can get more details in SonicWall datasheets where you will find the speed, throughput and more technical specifications to select the one that fits your requirements.

    Harish 12 - PeerSpot reviewerHarish 12
    Real User

    In simple words,


    TZ is for small businesses (less than 100, maximum 150 users). 


    TZ has fewer ports.


    NSA is for medium and large enterprises: > 150 Users, 
    NSA has many ports to support large networks

    Questions from the Community
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    The antivirus and items of that nature were quite helpful to have.
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    Our organization would pay for a license every two to three years.
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    Sometimes I found the GUI and some of the features a little bit hard to navigate, as opposed to Fortigate, which is much… more »
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    I’ll say it depends on your needs. Fortinet FortiGate and SonicWall TZ are both next-gen firewalls (NGFW) with similar… more »
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    The general feature is the antivirus policy, followed by the ransomware protection, and these are the features I was… more »
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    I find the licensing scheme of SonicWall TZ cost-effective for customers. SonicWall also has a secure upgrade promotion… more »
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    Also Known As
    Cisco Firepower NGFW, Cisco Firepower Next-Generation Firewall, FirePOWER, Cisco NGFWv
    NSA 250M, NSA 2600, NSA 3600, NSA 4600, NSA 5600, Dell SonicWALL NSA
    Dell SonicWALL TZ
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    Overview

    Cisco Firepower Next-Generation Firewall (NGFW) is a firewall that provides capabilities beyond those of a standard firewall and delivers comprehensive, unified policy management of firewall functions, application control, threat prevention, and advanced malware protection from the network to the endpoint.

    Cisco NGFW Firewalls include advanced threat defense capabilities to meet diverse needs, from small offices to high-performance data centers and service providers, and are deployed in leading private and public clouds. Available in a wide range of models, Cisco NGFW can be deployed as a physical or virtual appliance. Cisco NGFW firewalls are also available with clustering for increased performance, high availability configurations, and more.

    Key Features of Cisco NGFW Firewalls

    • Breach prevention and advanced security: Prevent attacks before they get inside. Cisco provides its firewalls with the latest intelligence to stop emerging threats and employs filtering to enforce policies on hundreds of millions of URLs. Cisco NGFW offers built-in sandboxing and advanced malware protection that continuously analyzes file behavior to quickly detect and eliminate threats.

    • Comprehensive network visibility: Constantly monitor your network so you can rapidly spot and stop bad behavior. Cisco NGFW provides a holistic view of all activity and provides a clear picture of threat activity across users, hosts, networks, and devices, as well as information on threats and website, application, and VM activities.

    • Flexible management and deployment options: Centrally deploy, customize, and manage all your appliances.

    • Fast detection: Detect threats in seconds and detect the presence of a successful breach within hours or minutes. Cisco NGFW allows you to deploy consistent policy that's easy to maintain, with automatic enforcement across all the different parts of your organization.

    • Automation and product integrations: Seamlessly integrate with Cisco tools and automatically share threat information, event data, policy, and contextual information with email, web, endpoint, and network security tools. Cisco NGFW automates security tasks like impact assessment, policy management and tuning, and user identification.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Cisco NGFW stands out among its competitors for a number of reasons. Two major ones are its extensive discovery abilities that enable you to constantly see what is happening on your network and take action when necessary, and the high level of protection it provides.

    Mike B., a director of IT security at a wellness & fitness company, writes, "It is one of the fastest solutions, if not the fastest, in the security technology space. This gives us peace of mind knowing that as soon as a new attack comes online that we will be protected in short order. From that perspective, no one really comes close now to Firepower, which is hugely valuable to us from an upcoming new attack prevention perspective."

    Zhulien K., the lead network security engineer at TechnoCore LTD, notes, " The most valuable feature that Cisco Firepower NGFW provides for us is the Intrusion policy. Again, with that being said, I cannot shy away from giving kudos to all of the other features such as AVC (Application Visibility and Control), SSL Decryption, Identity policy, Correlation policy, REST API, and more. All of the features that are incorporated in the Cisco Firepower NGFW are awesome and easy to configure if you know what you are doing. Things almost always work, unless you hit a bug, which is fixed with a simple software update. "

    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.
    The secure, sophisticated SonicWALL TZ is widely deployed at small businesses, retail, government, remote sites and branch offices. It combines high-performance intrusion prevention, malware blocking, content/URL filtering and application control.
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    Sample Customers
    Rackspace, The French Laundry, Downer Group, Lewisville School District, Shawnee Mission School District, Lower Austria Firefighters Administration, Oxford Hospital, SugarCreek, Westfield
    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
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    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Comms Service Provider23%
    Financial Services Firm15%
    Government10%
    Non Profit8%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider33%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Government7%
    Manufacturing Company4%
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    Manufacturing Company21%
    Educational Organization12%
    Healthcare Company9%
    Construction Company9%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider28%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Government6%
    Educational Organization5%
    REVIEWERS
    Construction Company13%
    Healthcare Company10%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Non Profit10%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider29%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Retailer5%
    Government4%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business41%
    Midsize Enterprise29%
    Large Enterprise30%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business24%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise64%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business60%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise23%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business50%
    Midsize Enterprise8%
    Large Enterprise42%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business63%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise15%
    Buyer's Guide
    SonicWall NSa vs. SonicWall TZ
    May 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about SonicWall NSa vs. SonicWall TZ and other solutions. Updated: May 2022.
    595,546 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    SonicWall NSa is ranked 15th in Firewalls with 40 reviews while SonicWall TZ is ranked 11th in Firewalls with 39 reviews. SonicWall NSa is rated 7.8, while SonicWall TZ is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of SonicWall NSa writes "Easy to scale advanced threat protection solution with knowledgeable technical support, but has occasional bugs". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SonicWall TZ writes "Easy to implement, fairly stable, and supports SSL-DPI". SonicWall NSa is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Meraki MX, Cisco ASA Firewall, Sophos XG and pfSense, whereas SonicWall TZ is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Sophos XG, Cisco ASA Firewall and pfSense. See our SonicWall NSa vs. SonicWall TZ report.

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