Posts

Choosing a Firewall with PoE Integration

If you’ve ever hung holiday lights on your house, you know what a chore it can be to run the wiring. Unless you have a lot of power outlets scattered around your property, you likely have one long string of lights attached to a power source.

The entire process is time-consuming and often a little frustrating. Although, the end result can be spectacular and festive.

In some ways, setting up network devices for an office, campus or retail location provides a similar experience. Printers, access points, security cameras, IP phones, point of sale (POS) terminals and other devices need power and a connection to a switch or firewall/router.

Typically, this means placing each device near an outlet and running cables through walls and plenum spaces. I did this for my home network with one of my sons. We ran power cords and Ethernet cables through book cases and under the floor. But was there a better way?

What is PoE?

Hanging the holiday lights was a great learning experience for him and we got to use some power tools. However, the ideal solution would have involved fewer cables and cords — something a firewall with power over Ethernet (PoE) can provide.

If you have a mid-size or larger network, there’s a good chance you have a PoE switch to provide power to your PoE-enabled devices. It’s a good solution, although there is a cost to purchase the switch.

If you have a smaller network, with only a few devices that need power and you don’t want to spend the money to buy a PoE switch, a firewall with built-in power over Ethernet is your answer. Fortunately, SonicWall can help.

Using Firewalls with PoE Integration

Designed for small organizations and distributed enterprises with remote and branch offices, the SonicWall TZ600P and TZ300P integrate support for PoE and PoE+ devices. These Unified Threat Management (UTM) firewalls help reduce both the cost and complexity associated with PoE injectors and switches by providing power directly to connected PoE-enabled devices, such as wireless access points, POS terminals, printers, cameras and other IP devices.

Instead of two cables, there’s one. And you don’t need to place the device near an outlet, which helps when you’re designing your office or store layout. Plus, you don’t need to spend your budget on a PoE switch. Both firewalls support the IEEE 802.3af (PoE) and more powerful 802.3at (PoE+) standards, which newer devices require.

SonicWall TZ600P and TZ300P deliver integrated PoE to help remove wire clutter and deployment complexity.

PoE/PoE+ support is just one of the many features included with TZ series firewalls. In addition, the TZ600P and TZ300P consolidate a host of essential security and networking features. For example, small organizations, including retail shops, can utilize high-speed 802.11ac wireless for internal and customer/guest connectivity while segmenting traffic for each group using virtual LANs.

Larger distributed enterprises can take advantage of these same capabilities while connecting locations using site-to-site VPN. There’s also Secure SD-WAN, SonicWall’s implementation of software-defined networking in a wide area network. Secure SD-WAN helps distributed organizations reduce the cost and complexity of building a secure private network using expensive MPLS technology.

Bringing up new sites is simplified using Zero-Touch Deployment, which removes the need for onsite personnel to provision the firewall. If you do have multiple sites to manage, the SonicWall Capture Security Center enables single-pane-of-glass management for SonicWall devices via the cloud.

Of course, the big benefit is security. This year alone, we’ve seen more high-profile network breaches across multiple industries. The TZ600P and TZ300P help stop breaches and other cyberattacks, including ransomware, cryptojacking and more.

SonicWall firewalls were validated for their high security effectiveness and overall value by NSS Labs again in 2018, so you can feel confident your data and your customers’ information are secure from cybercriminals. Learn more about how TZ series firewalls can fit into your small or distributed enterprise network.

What is Secure SD-WAN and How Can It Save Me Money?

No matter your type of organization — large or small, public or private — cutting expenses is always a key initiative. After all, reducing your OpEx looks good on the books and enables the company to invest in other meaningful initiatives.

One cost every organization faces is internet connectivity. Access to the internet is essential for communications, website hosting, sharing files, serving up apps and a host of other activities. But it can be expensive, especially if your organization has multiple offices, branches or stores.

Today’s broadband users, whether employees or customers, define their experience by performance rather than availability. We don’t just expect to have access to apps and videos, we demand that they perform in real time. Any delay is met with complaints and a call for more bandwidth, which increases expenses.

How to Securely Connect, Network Remote Locations

When you have a distributed network with branch or remote locations, they need to be securely connected with each other and the corporate headquarters. This can be done using several techniques. One common method is multiprotocol label switching (MPLS). Using MPLS, organizations can create a private wide-area network (WAN) to securely send data between locations via the shortest path available without going through the public internet.

“Integrated security features with SD-WAN are table stakes for most enterprises adopting the technology.”

Mike Fratto
Analyst
451

MPLS supports multiple connection types, including T1 and frame relay. The problem? These connections have to support an increasing number of connected devices and bandwidth-intensive applications that demand higher speeds, which means they’re expensive. That’s why many distributed organizations are moving to SD-WAN (software-defined wide-area network).

“For SD-WAN to be a viable alternative to private WANs, enterprises need to ensure they have the same level of inspection and enforcement at the branch and remote sites as they have at the data center,” said Mike Fratto, analyst at 451, in SonicWall’s official launch announcement. “Integrated security features with SD-WAN are table stakes for most enterprises adopting the technology.”

Reduce Costs with Secure SD-WAN

To help organizations reduce their costs while still receiving secure and consistent performance for business-critical applications, SonicWall offers Secure SD-WAN. A feature of SonicOS 6.5.3, the operating system for SonicWall TZ and NSa firewalls, Secure SD-WAN technology enables distributed organizations to build, operate and manage secure, high-performance networks using readily-available, low-cost public internet services, such as DSL, cable and 3G/4G.

An alternative to more expensive WAN connection technologies, including MPLS, Secure SD-WAN enables virtually any organization — retailers, banks, manufacturers and others — to connect sites spread over great distances for the purpose of sharing data, applications and services. Features such as intelligent failover and load balancing help ensure consistent performance and availability of critical business and SaaS applications.

And, unlike solutions from pure-play SD-WAN providers, Secure SD-WAN doesn’t require you to purchase additional hardware or licenses.

Secure SD-WAN: Safe, Fast & Reliable

Reducing expenses is always a priority for every organization. What else is? Here are some other key issues Secure SD-WAN helps distributed enterprises solve:

  1. Protect your network from cyber criminals. Both encrypted and unencrypted traffic run through a SonicWall next-generation firewall to be scanned for threats, such as malware and ransomware, ensuring maximum threat detection and prevention. If you have a separate SD-WAN-only solution, you’ll need to make sure you also have a way to protect data from modern cyberattacks, such as encrypted threats and ransomware.
  2. Achieve consistent, optimized application performance. Realize faster, more consistent performance for SaaS and business-critical applications, such as VoIP, video and unified communications, through capabilities such as deterministic application performance, which steers the apps over less-congested links to overcome jitter, latency, packet loss and other unfavorable network conditions.
  3. Enhance agility. Using SonicWall Zero-Touch Deployment, bringing up new sites is greatly simplified. Provisioning hardware remotely removes the need to have onsite IT personnel perform the task. In addition, IT administrators can manage the entire network, including devices at SD-WAN-enabled branch/remote locations, through a single pane of glass using Capture Security Center, SonicWall’s cloud-based management and analytics platform.

Learn more about how SonicWall can help your distributed enterprise reduce costs and complexity while enhancing security by switching from expensive MPLS to Secure SD-WAN.

Security for Multi-Cloud Strategies: How SonicWall Safely Guides Organizations to a Virtualized, Cloud-Connected World

Not every organization adopts new technology with the same gumption and fervor. Some are measured and patient. Others are early and agile. And this dichotomy holds true for embracing cloud initiatives.

That’s why SonicWall’s goal is to make the journey to the cloud secure, fast, efficient and cost-effective for enterprises and SMBs across a wide range of industries and verticals. To usher organizations toward a secure, cloud-powered existence, the SonicWall Capture Cloud Platform protects your multi-cloud infrastructures by helping you:

  1. Build, operate and manage secure, high-performance networks using hybrid cloud strategies.
  2. Secure public, private and hybrid clouds with affordable, easy-to-use virtual appliances and solutions.
  3. Use personalized, real-time cyber threat intelligence and risk scoring to identify potential security vulnerabilities.

On paper, that’s logical and pragmatic. In reality, that requires real products, services and solutions. As such, SonicWall is introducing a range of new products and enhancements, which includes:

  • Secure SD-WAN — A new capability of SonicOS 6.5.3 and available on SonicWall next-generation firewalls, SonicWall Secure SD-WAN enables distributed organizations to safely deploy and connect branch and remote sites for sharing data, applications and services.
  • Zero-Touch Deployment — Another feature of SonicOS, SonicWall Zero-Touch Deployment allows organizations to quickly and securely launch new SD-WAN-connected locations without requiring on-site personnel to configure hardware.
  • NSv Firewalls — SonicWall NSv virtually extends next-generation firewall capabilities to cloud deployments, which now include Azure and AWS.* Cloud security capabilities include application control, IPS, TLS/SSL decryption and inspection, advanced threat protection (ATP), VPN and network segmentation.
  • Capture Security Center Risk Meters — The new Risk Meters service empowers organizations with data-driven analysis about evolving cyber threat vectors (e.g., network, web, cloud, applications, endpoints, mobile devices, databases) that expand beyond the traditional corporate perimeter.
  • TZ300P & TZ600P Firewalls — New SonicWall TZ300P and TZ600P unified threat management (UTM) firewalls reduce the costs and complexity associated with PoE injectors and switches by providing power directly to connected PoE-enabled devices (i.e., fewer cables because no dedicated power source required), such as wireless access points, point-of-sale (POS) terminals, printers, cameras and other IP devices.

Evolving the SonicWall Capture Cloud Platform

The SonicWall Capture Cloud Platform tightly integrates security, management, analytics and real-time threat intelligence across the company’s full portfolio of network, email, mobile and cloud security products.

The platform provides intelligence, management and analytics to supplement SonicWall’s complete portfolio of cybersecurity hardware, virtual appliances and endpoint clients for an efficient, easy-to-use and connected customer experience.

SonicWall’s mission remains as steadfast as ever: deliver automated, real-time breach detection and protection for enterprises and SMBs. This is the next phase of that unwavering commitment.

Each new product or solution will be featured via in-depth blog coverage this week. To inquire about a specific product, please contact SonicWall or reach out to your dedicated SonicWall SecureFirst partner.

* Availability in the AWS Marketplace pending.