Over the past three-and-a-half years since SonicWall separated from Dell, it has been our mission to radically change how SonicWall does business, supports its customers and develops solutions for the workplace of the future. We logged thousands of hours interviewing customers of all sizes, from all over the world. We also conducted hundreds of security reviews within several key business models, such as distributed enterprises, universities, primary educational institutions and retail, as well as federal, state/provincial, and local government agencies.
Our solution roadmap over the past three years was built around a future where a mostly mobile workforce used a variety of internal and cloud-native applications. But even we could not anticipate the speed at which this transition was going to happen. When shelter-in-place orders were mandated across the world and employees began working from home 100% of the time, we knew we had the right solutions in development for our customers. These solutions furthered our commitment to Boundless Cybersecurity: Launched earlier this year, the Boundless Cybersecurity model offers our customers ways to know the unknown and gain unified visibility and control, all while delivering disruptive economics to help reconcile IT sprawl with fixed budgets and headcount. These needs have only increased since the start of the pandemic.
With this in mind, we launched a series of new products in August that was focused on large and distributed enterprises. Let me share some details on what we announced:
- New Generation Seven SonicOS Operating System — Built from the ground up as a completely new operating system, SonicOS 7 offers a cleaner UI to make management training quicker and easier. Underpinning this improved interface is the new X86 Linux-based architecture, which strengthens security and allows us to develop a platform faster to adjust to changing customer demands. Although SonicWall Next-Generation Firewalls (NGFWs) are the most secure (as judged by numbers of vulnerabilities), this change will strengthen our customer’s confidence in choosing a security partner.
- The Generation Seven SonicOSX Operating System — Like SonicOS (without the “X”), this platform is built on a new X86 Linux-based architecture — the difference is that SonicOSX was designed for our high-end NGFWs such as the NSsp. This new OS enables the NGFW to support a true multi-instance architecture, allowing customers to provide tenants with dedicated resources to enable supporting unique configurations and software versions. It also features Unified Policy, which combines Layer Three through Seven rules into a single rule base for an easier and more intuitive configuration.
- New Generation Seven TZ 570 & 670 NGFW — The TZ 570 and 670 are the first firewalls in desktop form factor to offer multi-gigabit (5/10G) interfaces with threat prevention speeds of up to 2.5 Gbps. Built on SonicOS 7, these new TZ Series firewalls are designed for integration with the new SonicWall Switches, while also offering Zero-Touch Deployment, TLS 1.3 and 5G support. With higher VPN capacity, our customers can better serve remote employees who connect to smaller offices.
- New NSsp 15700 NGFW — Designed for MSSPs and large enterprises, this firewall is powered by SonicOSX 7 and offers improved UI, Unified Policy, multi-instance architecture and more to make life easier for IT admins. With its 82 Gbps threat prevention throughput, it’s designed to be extremely fast compared to similarly priced firewalls on the market. Despite offering high-end features — such as greater throughput and true multi-instance capabilities that eliminate problems associated with traditional multitenancy architecture—the NSsp 15700 doesn’t sacrifice SonicWall’s commitment to helping our customers bridge the budget gap. The NSsp 15700 doesn’t charge for multiple instances or for threat protection software on the second device in an HA pair setting — a configuration which represents 90% of all seen deployments. This makes the NSsp 15700 at least 45% less expensive over a five-year period than the second less-expensive NGFW in its class.
- SonicWall Network Security Manager (NSM) 2.0 SaaS — As NGFW deployments grew in size and scope, our customers began asking for better firewall management across the largest distributed enterprises. The SonicWall NSM 2.0 SaaS was designed to better control, manage, and monitor tens of thousands of network security devices — including firewalls, managed switches and secure wireless access points — from anywhere via a simple cloud interface. As the SonicWall universe of solutions grows, so must the manageability of this ecosystem. NSM 2.0 does just that.
- Capture Security appliance (CSa) 1000 — Since we launched Capture Advanced Threat Protection (Capture ATP) in 2016 and Real-Time Deep Memory Inspection (RTDMI) in 2019, we have built up our largest customer base for advanced threat protection. Despite its success as a cloud-based malware detection and prevention platform, Capture ATP cannot be used by some customers for regional and internal compliance reasons. We built CSa 1000 using the memory-based RTDMI engine and a new UI to help our compliance-restricted customers and those who have latency concerns to accurately and quickly detect, stop and report on new threats.
Both my team and I strongly believe these latest releases will help you better secure your network and make managing it a lot easier. I encourage you to read and review our website for more information on these solutions. Moving forward through the second half of 2020, we have many exciting new offerings for you, including our first release of Zero-Trust Network Access (ZTNA) solution that gives SonicWall customers the ability to comply with the Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) architecture. Stay tuned for more groundbreaking solutions from SonicWall.