This is part of SonicWall's security platform appliance range. It's the top-of-the-line model, featuring six Gigabit Ethernet ports and an Intel Xeon processor. Technically, it's not actually an IPS appliance, but more of a firewall with IPS abilities. That said, you can turn the main firewall off and operate it in-line with another firewall.
SonicWALL is well known for its firewalls, but it is now starting to add optional functionality to the range. The model tested came with the extra-cost items of content filtering and anti-virus. Vulnerability assessment is another optional extra, but was not supplied on the review unit.
SonicWALL is another well-known name in the firewall arena, offering a range of products suitable for anything from the home user to the high-end of the market.
This hardware solution is suitable for both the hardened teleworker or a small office environment. It brings with it not only a stateful inspection firewall, but also the protection of a VPN. For the user logging into an enterprise, MD5 authentication comes into play. This ensures encrypted communications and also foils any attempt to steal the SonicWALL password.
While not strictly an appliance, this version of Websense is tightly integrated with all of SonicWALL's range of extremely popular firewall appliances.
It is not always a software solution that saves the day when you want to work remotely. From a small branch office or home office a VPN tunnel may fit the bill and SonicWALL has several hardware solutions that may provide the security that you are in need of. We took a look at the SonicWALL TELE3 SP as an alternative solution for secure remote access communications.
From a user perspective it is easy enough to install, and anyone who has purchased a PC and set it up at home for themselves will be able to get to grips with this small but secure solution. The TELE3 SP takes up very little room and is ideal for those using an always-on broadband connection. Alternatively, it comes with a fail-over modem connection, which can be set as default for non-broadband users.