SonicWall NSa vs SonicWall TZ comparison

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Executive Summary
Updated on Sep 5, 2022

We performed a comparison between SonicWall NSa and SonicWall TZ based on our users’ reviews in five categories. After reading all of the collected data, you can find our conclusion below.

  • Ease of Deployment: Most users of both solutions report that the initial setup is straightforward.
  • Features: Users of both products are happy with their stability and scalability.

    SonicWall NSa users say it is secure, flexible, and high performing but needs better reporting capabilities. SonicWall TZ reviewers say it is easy to manage, offers good threat prevention, and has good VPN integration. Some users mention that it needs a better dashboard.
  • Pricing: Users of both solutions give mixed reviews for their pricing.
  • ROI: SonicWall NSa users do not mention ROI. SonicWall TZ users report an ROI.
  • Service and Support: Users of both solutions report being satisfied with the level of support they receive.

Comparison Results: SonicWall TZ has an edge in this comparison. Unlike SonicWall NSa, its reviewers mention seeing an ROI.

To learn more, read our detailed SonicWall NSa vs. SonicWall TZ Report (Updated: March 2024).
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Quotes From Members
We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use.
Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"Our security improved from being able to put in rules and close off unwanted traffic.""I like Fortinet's cloud management. It allows me to manage all my devices in different branches for three cloud accounts. Even though I use on-prem devices, I can manage everything on the cloud.""The usage in general is pretty good.""The SD-WAN feature is the most valuable. This feature evolved from link load balancing. It has helped us in terms of our uptime and privatizing applications whenever we experience an outage. The SD-WAN feature has been a plus for us. Two-factor authentication has allowed us to add more users in terms of remote working. We have two-factor authentication for remote workers to authenticate them before they get on the network.""I think that the UTM features are the most value, as it truly protects my infrastructure.""You can create multiple Virtual Domains (VDOMs), which are treated as separate firewall instances.""The most valuable features of the solution are SD-WAN, filtering testing applications, web filtering, and the new VPN.""The most valuable features of Fortinet FortiGate are the ease of use and the UI. It has always provided me with what I needed. I have no need for additional costs that other solutions have, such as Sophos."

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"The product is simple to manage.""The most valuable features are the VPN, SSL VPN, and IPSec VPN.""The most valuable feature is the sandbox.""I like the solution's configuration, interfaces, and user guides.""They offer good antivirus solutions.""Anti-Spam reduces unwanted mail on corporate exchange services.""SD-WAN is a good feature.""The most valuable feature I've found is VPN and web protection, particularly with navigation assessment. We use the application control feature to create rules controlling specific application navigation."

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"It's a very cost-effective solution.""With the main firewall routing there, we can do connectivity point-to-point. On the low bandwidth we can connect in all the branches with my corporate office.""The most valuable feature is the protection available, and then ease of use and flexibility.""The product is easy to deploy.""Technical support is good.""The site-to-site VPN connections, content filtering, and in our current remote working situation, SSL VPN remote desktop connectivity are the most valuable features.""The feature with SonicWall that I have found most valuable is that all the models have the same interface. We don't need to learn different interfaces in the smaller or bigger models.""The solution boasts good performance and is easy to use."

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"The solution can have more features in a single box that can be multi-applied to integrate everything.""I would like to have logs, monitoring, and reporting for a month without extra fees.""We had some issues in the beginning while setting it up, but after doing the firmware update, it is working fine.""The solution could be more user friendly.""Palo Alto has a feature called WildFire Analysis that is unavailable in FortiGate. WildFire is better than a sandbox because it can address zero-day threats and vulnerabilities. It can immediately identify zero-day threats from the cloud.""Bandwidth usage in reporting could be improved for Fortinet FortiGate.""I would like to see improvements in the product's application rules.""The initial setup and configuration are not intuitive and require training."

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"An area for improvement would be SonicWall NSa's integration with antiviruses.""The user interface could be better.""We have used other solutions such as pfSense and Linux native firewalls. I prefer SonicWall NSa but if you are going to use something for an enterprise you need another solution.""When it comes to security I think all of the features are currently open to improvement.""Customer support is severely lacking with very slow response times.""The web interface administration of SonicWall NSa could be improved. Compared to Sophos and FortiGate, making rules is easier with those systems.""I'd like to see integration with Microsoft 365 for authentication.""I would like to see better integration."

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"It could be made more user friendly.""In an upcoming release, SonicWall could improve by adding cloud management for all devices for free or at a nominal cost. Currently, they have a cloud management platform but is not free. We have the MySonicWall portal for purchasing from them for software updates and renewals.""The solution's cost needs improvement.""There is still room for improvement, and it's not advisable even if the organization has grown.""We have been facing issues with reporting.""The technology in this particular version is very old.""Getting support can be slow.""I would like to see lower antivirus pricing."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Fortinet has one or two license types, and the VPN numbers are only limited by the hardware chassis make."
  • "These boxes are not that expensive compared to what they can do, their functionality, and the reporting you receive. Fortinet licensing is straightforward and less confusing compared to Cisco."
  • "Go for long term pricing negotiated at the time of purchase."
  • "Work through partners for the best pricing."
  • "The value is the capability of having multiple services with one unique license, not having the limitation per user licensing schema, like other vendors."
  • "Easy to understand licensing requirements."
  • "​We saved a bundle by not needing all the past appliances from an NGFW.​"
  • "The cost is too high... They have to focus on more features with less cost for the customer. If you see the market, where it's going, there are a lot of players offering more features for less cost."
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  • "Additional resources are too expensive."
  • "Considering the market, I believe that the price of this solution is great."
  • "In our evaluation, we found that the costs of deploying the solution, and also purchasing the hardware and licenses, were very attractive."
  • "Licensed features provide application control, content filtering, antivirus, and anti-malware all in a single appliance."
  • "The CPUs are not able to compete with a similar price point to the Fortinet, WatchGuard, or Palo Alto product."
  • "A firewall doing anti-spam might be a low cost solution, but it is not your best strategy."
  • "You need their analyzer to properly generate reports. This is an expensive, licensed feature, with a complex application or appliance back-end."
  • "If you want to connect more than five concurrent users by VPN then you have to pay an additional fee."
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  • "Getting licenses in our country, Ghana, is not easy. Though, once we have them, adding them is quick (about a day)."
  • "SonicWall has authorized distributors in our country. They have about two or three distributors in the country, so it makes it a bit easier. What we do is to request a quotation from these distributors, then we do a value for money analysis and see which one of them is giving us a competitive price."
  • "The pricing was a factor for us, and we felt that the price was good."
  • "The product pricing is relatively good, compared to other products, including the licenses."
  • "Licensing costs have been around $2,000. There are no other costs above the standard licensing fees."
  • "License renewals come in around $35,000 to $45,000."
  • "The price is high compared to some other solutions."
  • "Its pricing is okay as compared to other solutions."
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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 (Kumar) - PeerSpot reviewerHarish (Kumar)
    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

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    Top Answer:The solution is moderately priced, where it's neither cheap nor expensive.
    Also Known As
    FortiGate 60b, FortiGate 60c, FortiGate 80c, FortiGate 50b, FortiGate 200b, FortiGate 110c, FortiGate
    NSA 250M, NSA 2600, NSA 3600, NSA 4600, NSA 5600, Dell SonicWALL NSA
    Dell SonicWALL TZ
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    Fortinet FortiGate enhances network security, prevents unauthorized access, and offers robust firewall protection. Valued features include advanced threat protection, reliable performance, and a user-friendly interface. It improves efficiency, streamlines processes, and boosts collaboration, providing valuable insights for informed decision-making and growth.

    SonicWall NSa dispenses advanced threat protection using a high-performance security platform. The NSa series implements intuitive deep learning technologies in the SonicWall Capture Cloud Platform to dispatch the automated real-time threat detection and deterrence enterprise organizations need today. SonicWall Network Security appliance (NSa) series is best for mid-sized organizations to distributed enterprises and data centers.

    SonicWall NSa series next-generation firewalls (NFGWS) combine two very robust security ideologies to deliver advanced threat protection to keep users’ networks safe. Boosting SonicWall’s multi-engine advanced threat protection (ATP) is their Real-time Deep Memory Inspection (RTDMI™). The RTDMI intuitively identifies and stops aggressive zero-day threats and vicious malware by investigating memory directly. This real-time process allows SonicWall RTDMI to be accurate, lessen false positives and discover and alleviate malicious threats and attacks. SonicWall’s single-pass Reassembly-Free Deep Packet Inspection (RFDPI) will audit every byte of each and every packet by investigating both outbound and inbound traffic on the firewall. By combining the SonicWall Capture Cloud Platform along with on-box offerings such as intrusion prevention, web/URL filtering, and anti-malware, the NSa series is able to block the most malicious and dangerous threats at the gateway.

    Additionally, SonicWall firewalls supply absolute protection by executing complete inspection and decryption of SSH and TLS/SSL encryption connections - no matter the port or protocol. The firewall takes a deep dive into each and every packet (the header and data) routing out any anomalies, zero-day intrusions, threats, and protocol non-compliance. Users can also define unique criteria specific to their organization to ensure their networks remain safe. This aggressive deep packet inspection is able to identify and block malicious attacks, stop dangerous malware downloads, prevent the spread of infections, and defeat command and control (C&C) communications and data exfiltration. Protocols involving inclusion and exclusion allow users complete control to decide, based on specific governance policies, organizational policies, or government or legal compliance, which traffic is to be investigated for decryption or inspection.

    SonicWall Nsa offers enterprise organizations the network control and fluid flexibility they desire using an intrusion prevention system (IPS), VPN, real-time visualization, and other advanced powerful security features, making it a popular firewall solution in today's marketplace.

    Reviews from Real Users

    “The features that I have found most valuable are the firewalling, which is very good, and the GUI which is very intuitive. It is easy to use and provides great security.” - Network Engineer at a maritime company

    “What's valuable in SonicWall NSa is the ATP (advanced threat protection). It can protect users from malicious links. SonicWall NSa also has a Sandboxing service that is very helpful for us, especially when end users accidentally click on malicious links. Another valuable feature of this solution is that it is very useful for site-to-site VPN connectivity issues. SonicWall NSa has very good hardware. I also love that SonicWall has very good technical support, who are very knowledgeable, provide good suggestions, and they're easy to reach.” - Mohammed M., Network Administrator at Transgulf Readymix

    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.
    Sample Customers
    1. Amazon Web Services 2. Microsoft 3. IBM 4. Cisco 5. Dell 6. HP 7. Oracle 8. Verizon 9. AT&T 10. T-Mobile 11. Sprint 12. Vodafone 13. Orange 14. BT Group 15. Telstra 16. Deutsche Telekom 17. Comcast 18. Time Warner Cable 19. CenturyLink 20. NTT Communications 21. Tata Communications 22. SoftBank 23. China Mobile 24. Singtel 25. Telus 26. Rogers Communications 27. Bell Canada 28. Telkom Indonesia 29. Telkom South Africa 30. Telmex 31. Telia Company 32. Telkom Kenya
    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
    AeroM_xico Delta TechOps, Unimat
    Top Industries
    Comms Service Provider16%
    Computer Software Company9%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Educational Organization20%
    Computer Software Company15%
    Comms Service Provider8%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    Manufacturing Company19%
    Educational Organization8%
    Construction Company8%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Comms Service Provider7%
    Construction Company12%
    Healthcare Company12%
    Computer Software Company7%
    Non Profit7%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Comms Service Provider10%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    Company Size
    Small Business48%
    Midsize Enterprise23%
    Large Enterprise30%
    Small Business27%
    Midsize Enterprise32%
    Large Enterprise41%
    Small Business59%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise22%
    Small Business40%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise44%
    Small Business64%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise17%
    Small Business43%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise41%
    Buyer's Guide
    SonicWall NSa vs. SonicWall TZ
    March 2024
    Find out what your peers are saying about SonicWall NSa vs. SonicWall TZ and other solutions. Updated: March 2024.
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    SonicWall NSa is ranked 20th in Firewalls with 77 reviews while SonicWall TZ is ranked 12th in Firewalls with 78 reviews. SonicWall NSa is rated 7.8, while SonicWall TZ is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of SonicWall NSa writes "Great performance and security with reasonable pricing". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SonicWall TZ writes "Has efficient user access control feature and good technical support services ". SonicWall NSa is most compared with Meraki MX, Sophos XG, Cisco Secure Firewall, Netgate pfSense and WatchGuard Firebox, whereas SonicWall TZ is most compared with Sophos XG, Netgate pfSense, Meraki MX, Cisco Secure Firewall and WatchGuard Firebox. See our SonicWall NSa vs. SonicWall TZ report.

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