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March 2008

SonicWALL NSA E5500 product review

FIREWALL SonicWALL NSA E5500 REVIEWED BY JOEL SNYDER SonicWALL Price: $9,995 SonicWALL's new E-class firewall appliances are a huge step forward in bringing a much-needed performance jump to the SonicWALL unified threat management (UTM) firewall. The NSA E5500 we evaluated (faster E6500 and E7500 are also available) provide enough CPU power to make performance-sapping UTM features realistic for SonicWALL users looking to boost speeds up to gigabit rates. After years as an SMB-oriented security vendor, SonicWALL can now stand up with the heavyweights in the firewall business. Basic Firewall Features B+   As a firewall, the NSA E5500 sat up and paid attention in class. It uses a zone-based firewall as a base, with different interfaces bound to different zones. Although you can't skip the zones and go pure-IP firewall (one of the few shortcomings), the firewall model is intuitive and easy to configure. Most normal security policies will be easy to express in the user interface. The appliance can also be put into transparent mode, ...

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