SonicWall Pro 5060
Strengths: Highly capable UTM with many protection services and options
Weaknesses: Slightly higher cost
Verdict: A solid product with some unique features, very easy to set up and manage. Even at its somewhat high price, this gets our Recommended rating for strong performance and ease of use
As well as the usual array of firewall, IPS/IDS, and anti-virus offerings, SonicWall Pro 5060 comes equipped with some unusual features. These include web and email tools such as anti-spyware, a web content filter and email filtering.
Other features on this product include VPN and the capability to manage SonicWall wireless-access points directly from the appliance. Finally, the Pro 5060 can manage VoIP.
We found this product to be simple to deploy and easy to manage. The deployment is guided by an easy-to-follow wizard, and takes just a couple of minutes to complete. From there, the web-based GUI is easy to navigate, and further configuration of policies and zones is a snap.
Something the reviewers particularly liked was the fact that this appliance comes almost completely ready to do its job, straight out of the box. It contains several pre-configured firewall and IPS policies. It took just a few minutes to browse around the GUI and customise the device for our environment.
Documentation is included on a CD in the form of PDF documents. The CD contains two folders, namely, security appliance user guides and security services and software user guides.
Also included is a getting started guide, which illustrates how to get the appliance up and running in the environment. All of the guides are well-organised and easy to read, as well as enhanced with many screenshots and diagrams.
In terms of customer support, SonicWall offers combinations including a customer support portal. The portal contains product guides, downloads, and support contact information. The portal also contains support for the services the customer is subscribed to. Technical support is offered at both 8/5 and 24/7 levels, and for up to three years in one package.
Pricing for the SonicWall UTM starts at £5,494.
This product is priced at the higher end of the spectrum but with the price comes a lot of functionality and flexibility. Even given the higher price, we think that the SonicWall Pro 5060 offers better-than-average value for money and therefore we award it our Recommended rating.