Everybody’s on a budget, of course. But then there’s those who are ON-A-BUD-GET! Maybe you’re a small business, or a start-up. Maybe you’re a local government entity. Or, maybe you just don’t like wasting money. If you fall into any of these categories, it’s nice to know you can have state-of-the-art, top-brand security covering your back. The SonicWall TZ400 is one of those small-to-mid range firewalls that just seems to out-perform it’s pricepoint.
The TZ400 is roughly comparable to the FortiGate 80E. The 80E is a good bit higher in total Firewall Throughput, at 4 Gbps to 1.3 Gbps. However, the TZ400 has IPS of 900 Mbps vs 450 for the FG-80E. In addition, the SonicWall TZ400 pushes 600 Mbps of Threat Prevention, whereas the FG-80E clocks in at 250 Mbps. So, the SonicWall costs somewhat more up front, but you get better speeds in some areas. It just depends on how you will use the firewall, as to which is better for you.
And, if you work remotely, you’re covered too. First, remote users can set up a secure VPN tunnel back into the home network. Each TZ400 can support 20 site-to-site VPN connections simultaneously.
Secondly, users can also employ the optional SonicWall Anti-Spam Desktop. Basically, this is an Outlook, Outlook Express and Windows Mail plug-in. It provides remote users with protection similar that of those working in the office behind a TZ400 firewall. It works with any Microsoft Windows–based client. The program detects phishing emails, spam, and malicious attachments, so they never make it into the client’s mailbox.
Lastly, there’s the Enforced Client Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware Software. It guards both remote users and the core network by enforcing security on every client connecting to a network. And, it works with any SonicWall firewall, including the TZ400. It detects whether clients are running the latest versions of anti-virus and anti-spyware. And if not, the TZ400 will force them to install or update it. Not until that is done does the TZ400 grant network access.
Once it’s configured, the firewall keeps itself updated with the latest threat signatures. This means that small to medium-sized businesses can have a single device protecting their networks, without having to worry about updating software on every client. If the wireless 802.11ac radio is activated, then that protection can also extend to anyone using the wireless network. SonicWall offers great security for those who don’t always sit at an office desk.
And more features
One of the best things about the SonicWall TZ400 is that you can add modules, or features, as needed. It’s an a la carte approach that’s great for small to medium-sized businesses. In other words, businesses that may not need to pay for full-on enterprise level security. Nevertheless, it’s quite easy to add the modules in when you decide to.
SonicWall’s cloud-management and sandboxing is a cool feature worth mentioning. When any of the myriad SonicWall devices linked together in the cloud discovers an unknown malware, guess what it does? Shares it with every other SonicWall. So that unknown malware becomes famous to every SonicWall appliance everywhere that’s using the SonicWall Capture Advanced Threat Protection module.
And a big benefit of cloud-based sandboxing is that it’s not limited to one engine. SonicWall uses several of them, so it’s nearly impossible to create malware that could trick all of them.
Generally speaking, SMB’s don’t assume they can afford this level of layered protection. But it’s nice to know it’s here. The SonicWall TZ400 is priced and powered into the higher-end of the SMB range. And with its modular feature set, it is hugely scalable. We’d love to tell you more about the SonicWall TZ400. So, why not give Corporate Armor a call at 877-449-0458, or reach out at [email protected]? Thanks for reading!
SonicWall TZ400 highlights
|Total Firewall Throughput: 1.3 Gbps|
|Anti-malware Throughput: 600 Mbps|
|IPS Throughput: 900 Mbps|
|Threat Prevention Throughput: 600 Mbps|