Dell Releases SonicWall TZ

Dell has recently announced the release of the new SonicWALL TZ Series firewalls. Featuring a dramatic increase in network performance to support faster Internet speeds, the ability to analyse encrypted SSL traffic, and an integrated wireless controller, the new solutions deliver enterprise-class security at a price point that is attractive for small businesses and large, multi-site distributed organisations.

Today, customers are overwhelmed by the sheer volume of network traffic and need security solutions that scale to meet ever-increasing broadband speeds, while fitting within their limited budgets. The new SonicWALL TZ Series is built around state-of-the-art, multi-core security processors to create the highest performance, desktop form-factor Unified Threat Management (UTM) firewall on the market with intrusion prevention speeds reaching up to 1.1Gbps.

The 2015 Dell Security Annual Threat Report shows that 60 percent of internet connections at the end of 2014 were encrypted using SSL. Disturbingly, with the growth of legitimate SSL traffic, cyber-criminals also have begun to hide their attacks from legacy network security products within SSL traffic. To counter this trend, the new SonicWALL TZ Series has the ability to inspect SSL connections against the latest threats, providing an even higher level of security for Dell customers.

To accommodate the rapidly increasing proliferation of wireless devices, the tightly integrated, secure wireless controller in the new TZ Series supports the high-speed 802.11ac wireless standard. Combined with the recently introduced 802.11ac-capable Dell SonicPoints, the new TZ Series provides an ideal wireless security solution for both small businesses and large distributed enterprises.

While the new TZ series provides SMBs with world-class, enterprise-grade security features, larger businesses will benefit from the series’ distributed enterprise feature set. The new TZ leverages the Dell SonicWALL Global Management System (GMS) to manage thousands of distributed TZ firewalls, enabling simple management of its Next-Generation Firewall (NGFW) feature set, including application control, application visualisation, comprehensive reporting and world-class IPS.

Patrick Sweeney, executive director, Dell Network Security commented “Sadly, technology designed to protect our information is being used to penetrate networks. Encryption should be a great tool, but used by the wrong people, it becomes a weapon against us. The new TZs give small networks and small business locations the vital big enterprise capability of scanning encrypted traffic to ferret out malicious traffic and attacks. The new TZs provide this security without breaking the bank and without bringing the network to its knees.”

Brett Hanlon, director of IT Infrastructure, La Jolla Group added “For the past five years, Dell SonicWALL’s TZ Series firewalls have enabled us to safeguard our 18 retail locations without restricting our employees from accessing applications and videos that drive productivity and customer engagement at our stores. In particular, the TZ’s unified threat management capabilities make it easy for us to enforce endpoint security throughout our entire retail network while fully meeting regulatory compliance with PCI DSS requirements. As a result, we can offer an extra level of protection to our customers, employees and organisation.”

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David Dungay

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