SonicWall Announces Two Major Launches Thus Strengthening its Portfolio

An essential component of modern network protection, firewall technology is increasingly relied upon as organizations secure distributed networks and rapidly expanding remote and mobile workforces. To ensure cybersecurity administration is easier and more accessible, SonicWall today announces new zero touch-enabled, multi-gigabit SonicWall TZ firewalls with SD-Branch capabilities, along with a redesigned cloud-native management console that helps streamline operations through fresh and modern user interfaces.

“The new business norm is forcing organizations to rethink security for remote users and distributed networks,” said SonicWall Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Atul Dhablania. “SonicWall’s new SD-Branch ready next-generation firewalls, along with re-engineered SonicOS, provide multi-gig malware inspection for increased security needs and advanced protection against threats hiding in the encrypted TLS 1.3 traffic.”

A cornerstone to its Boundless Cybersecurity platform, the new SonicWall TZ570 and TZ670 next-generation firewalls are the first desktop firewall form factor to offer multi-gigabit (5/10G) interfaces for connectivity with SonicWall Switches or other networking devices in SD-Branch deployments.

Included on the new TZ firewall series, SonicOS 7.0 offers administrators a new security experience with modern user interfaces, intelligent device views, advanced security control, plus critical networking and management capabilities. Using SD-Branch-ready capabilities, connectivity and security to branch or distributed locations can be deployed within minutes, delivering unified visibility and threat detection from a single pane of glass.

The new appliances can be managed via the new cloud-native Network Security Manager (NSM) 2.0, giving organization a single, easy-to-use cloud interface for streamlined management, analytics and reporting with innovative new user interface and user experience.

“SonicWall is not just a product, it’s a community,” said Leaf Cloud Service Engineer Justin Archer. “It’s a range of security products that work and work well, with an extremely strong team behind them who are willing to help if you get stuck. With the re-imagined OS, the speed of the interface feels like working on a powerful computer. It’s smooth and sleek and allows for a more granular dissection of what the firewall is doing. Paired with the new NSM, where the interfaces are practically identical, it is a GUI match made in heaven.”

The new TZ series appliances complement the growing presence of affordable gigabit internet speeds and help organizations stop the most advanced cyberattacks without impacting network performance. “The new TZ670 is the first desktop form factor firewall with multi-gig interfaces, is 5G ready and able to manage connected switches and access points,” said SonicWall Vice President of Products, Jayant Thakre. “With improved user experience and faster security inspections, the new TZ firewall series delivers SD-WAN, advanced security, and complete visibility for WAN edge deployments.”

The new TZ570 and TZ670 firewalls can reach threat prevention speeds up to 2.5 Gbps, even with all security services on. Connect and secure up to 1.5 million devices or users — a 900% increase in maximum connection per appliance. For SSL/TLS connections, the TZ570 and TZ670 firewalls can secure up to 30,000 concurrent connections with DPI enabled.

Already enabled for zero-touch capabilities, new TZ firewalls are easier to deploy and manage with the new SonicWall SonicExpress mobile app. This allows administrators to easily onboard TZ firewalls within minutes via an easy 1-2-3 process: simply register, connect and manage.

The new TZ series also supports high-speed threat protection across traffic encrypted with the TLS 1.3 standard.

Newly distributed enterprises, government agencies and MSSPs are continuously challenged to deliver vital and immediate threat protection to large-scale networks and remote workforces — all while adhering to a growing number of mandates that vary by border.

By delivering breakthrough economics for high-security environments, SonicWall today announces new ways to deploy, scale and future-proof security for newly extended distributed enterprises, governments and MSSPs. SonicWall’s re-imagined security experience streamlines network security controls and whole-network visibility via intuitive and easy-to-understand user interfaces.

This evolution of SonicWall Boundless Cybersecurity includes new high-performance NSsp 15700 firewalls, new multi-gigabit TZ570 and TZ670 firewalls, new CSa 1000 for on-prem sandboxing with Real-Time Deep Memory Inspection (RTDMI), new NSv virtual firewall choices and scalable cloud-native security management.

“Organizations are redefining operations and security as they face new challenges with the sprawling, mass-scale environments required in the new business normal,” said SonicWall President and CEO Bill Conner. “Securing these newly extended networks quickly and thoroughly has become a top priority. Organizations are increasingly the targets of perpetrators seeking to take advantage of COVID-related threats against distributed networks hastily re-architected to accommodate mobile and remote workforces practically overnight.”

The full Capture Cloud Platform expansion includes:

  • New SonicOS 7.0
  • New SonicOSX 7.0 for Distributed Enterprises, Government Agencies & MSSPs
  • New SonicWall NSsp 15700 High-End Firewalls
  • New SonicWall NSv 270, 470 & 870 Virtual Firewalls
  • New SonicWall CSa 1000 with RTDMI Technology
  • New SonicWall TZ570 & TZ670 Entry-Level Firewalls
  • New SonicWall Network Security Manager (NSM) 2.0

“It’s now time to ensure that those organizations have the proper power, protection and control to successfully defend themselves without sacrificing speed, convenience and reliability — all while adhering to compliance requirements,” said Conner. Building on a long lineage of simplifying security complexity, SonicWall expands that same ease of use and power to large distributed enterprises, government agencies and MSSPs, simplifying the experience with a more flexible, easily implemented approach.

SonicOS 7.0 and Network Security Manager (NSM) 2.0 provide increased visibility, management and control via all-new user interfaces. The modern user experience is smartly organized, includes intelligent device dashboards, re-designed topologies, SonicExpress mobile app support, and simplified policy creation and management.

Rebuilt from the ground up as a cloud-native management platform, NSM is designed for speed, scalability and reliability across the largest distributed enterprises. Large enterprises and government agencies can optimize, control, monitor and manage tens of thousands of network security devices, including firewalls, managed switches and wireless access points — all via a reliable, scalable and cloud-native security management solution.

“SonicWall products have always been performed very well, but the new SonicOS 7.0 coupled with their seventh-generation appliances are a giant step forward,” said Thinkss Senior Security Engineer Prabhod T.R. “The company has moved out of the traditional UI/UX that’s been followed for years, and have completely changed the look and feel of their devices with SonicOS 7.0, pushing them ahead to compete with enterprise the market.”

Global development and departmental expansion create a similar need for large-scale enterprises and government organizations to scale faster, protect more and maintain control of rapidly growing networks — all while adhering to tighter budgets.

“Any enterprise wondering why they should look at a new network security vendor should consider the real day-to-day challenges they face: complex environments with expensive enterprise-grade solutions from a dozen vendors,” said Omdia Cybersecurity Chief Analyst Jeff Wilson. “In many cases, these environments have failed to really solve their network security problem, and companies face staff shortages, skill gaps and shrinking budgets. SonicWall has been building solutions that focus on delivering strong security to companies with little or no cybersecurity staff or expertise and modest budgets.”

The enhanced SonicOSX 7.0 is designed to simplify complex policy, audit and management controls for distributed enterprise and government organizations’ growing demands. The new SonicWall OS is built on a single code base, so if administrators learn any product, they learn them all. The intuitive UI/UX ensures familiarity, reduces training and slashes deployment times.

The open, scalable and cloud-native Network Security Manager 2.0 optimizes operational agility and efficiency for enterprises, governments and service providers with a single-pane-of-glass experience. The service also reduces risk by visualizing security events from managed devices. IT departments gain instant change confirmation and feedback, roll back single or group changes, and have the ability to build full audit trails with complete change history.

Organizations can further reduce costs by limiting the use of on-site personnel. Eliminate “truck rolls” by deploying thousands of firewalls, connected switches and wireless access points using enhanced zero-touch provisioning and configuration templates. Administrators on the go can complete the most common management tasks — including firewall registration, setup, configuration and monitoring — with the new SonicExpress mobile app.

The new SonicWall NSsp 15700 firewall, with multiple 100/40/10 GbE interfaces and compute-cluster-like processing capacity, helps enterprises, governments, data centers and service providers utilize their investments as resource utilization and connection requirements grow with the increase of connected devices and users.

“The new enterprise platform that SonicWall is launching combines enterprise-grade technology with everything they’ve learned helping SMBs face challenges that, as it turns out, are actually the biggest challenges enterprises face as well,” said Wilson.

The SonicWall NSsp 15700 firewall series is optimized for high-speed threat analysis in the most demanding networks. The NSsp 15700 offers revolutionary multi-instance capabilities available and is capable of safeguarding millions of connections.

Both the high-end NSsp 15700 firewalls and the newest NSv 270, 470 and 870 virtual firewall service include integrated TLS 1.3 support, which improves performance and security while eliminating complexities. Full TLS 1.3 support on physical and virtual firewalls ensures your future-proofed environments support the latest encryption standards.

New SonicWall TZ570 and 670 provide integrated zero-touch capabilities to deploy branch connectivity and security in minutes. The new TZ series also is ready for both 5G and secure SD-Branch. For organizations needing to increase visibility and maintain data control while identifying and stopping both the known and unknown cyberattacks persistent in today’s new business normal, the multi-engine SonicWall Capture Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) sandbox service with RTDMI technology is now available as an on-prem appliance via the all-new CSa 1000.

With patent-pending Real-Time Deep Memory Inspection (RTDMI), both on-prem CSa 1000 and the cloud-based Capture ATP are able to discover and stop thousands of previously unseen evasive malware samples each day, even attacks encrypted with TLS 1.3 sent from a connected SonicWall firewall for deeper analysis.

RTDMI is one of the few technologies that is capable of network-based protection against code necessary to execute side-channel attacks such as Meltdown, Spectre, Foreshadow, PortSmash, Spoiler, MDS and TPM-Fail.

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Chris Fernando

Chris N. Fernando is an experienced media professional with over two decades of journalistic experience. He is the Editor of Arabian Reseller magazine, the authoritative guide to the regional IT industry. Follow him on Twitter (@chris508) and Instagram (@chris2508).

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