“Mid-market customers have more compliance mandates, so they tend to want to know what SaaS applications are being used, but frankly everyone wants to be able to see that visibility,” he says. A former Gartner security analyst, Pingree joined SonicWall in April.
The hardware component of SonicWall’s mid-tier product family includes six new firewalls. Equipped with 10-GbE and 2.5-GbE interfaces, the NSa 6650, 9250, 9450, and 9650 offer up to 1.5 times better performance than earlier SonicWall models. They also support nearly five times as many stateful packet inspection (SPI) connections and 25 times as many SSL/TLS deep packet inspection (DPI) connections.
“Traditional firewalls are not capable of doing DPI-SSL at the scale that we are in these new releases,” Pingree says, noting that some 70 percent of the traffic firewalls process at present is encrypted.
The two other new firewalls, named the NSsp 12400 and 12800, are designed to provide even greater horsepower to MSSPs, distributed enterprises, campus environments, and data centers. Both devices feature 40-GbE and 10-GbE interfaces and utilize a mix of cloud-based and onboard threat prevention technologies. SonicWall signaled its increased interest in MSSPs this March when it added a new managed security specialization to its SecureFirst partner program.
All of SonicWall’s newest firewalls come with a range of optional high availability bundles designed to help end users build redundancy into their security perimeter without having to purchase a complete second set of hardware and services.
According to Dhablania, SonicWall’s mid-tier catalog completes the dramatically widened and revamped portfolio the company began rolling out last fall, some 10 months after Dell Technologies spun it off as an independent company. Underlying all of those systems is a conviction that firewalls alone are insufficient to protect businesses with mobile workers using cloud-based applications.
“It’s not about perimeter security anymore,” Dhablania says.
Ransomware, advanced persistent threats, and other hazards are fueling increased outlays on security. IDC expects worldwide spending on security hardware, software, and services to rise 10.2 percent this year to $91.4 billion.