As network usage and the number of devices accessing the Internet continue to increase both at home and in the office, network performance is often adversely affected by legacy firewall solutions that struggle to keep up with new threats while still allowing productive workflow.
When faced with a choice between enforcing security and paralyzing the network, many SMBs will risk scaling back on security to facilitate productivity. In answer to this challenge, SonicWALL, the leading provider of intelligent network security and data protection solutions, today introduced the new SonicWALL TZ 215 – the most secure, highest performing Unified Threat Management (UTM) firewall available on the market today for small, retail and branch offices. The TZ 215 delivers the most effective anti-malware, intrusion prevention, URL filtering and application control capabilities along with the broadest mobile platform support for laptops, smartphones and tablets.
With today’s evolving threat landscape, SMBs need a firewall that does not force a trade-off between advanced security and network performance. The new TZ 215 is a dual-core high performance application-aware firewall with comprehensive protection against viruses, Trojans, key-loggers and application layer attacks. The TZ 215 also integrates rich networking functionality, including IPSec and IPSec and SSL VPN remote access, a 7-port gigabit switch, dual-band 802.11n wireless with guest access and centralized management for simplified network administration. Additionally, it is the only UTM firewall on the market that provides SSL VPN client remote access for Apple iOS and Mac OS, Google Android, Microsoft Windows, and Linux. For businesses concerned with failover and high availability, the TZ 215 supports multiple-ISP failover, failover to 3G connections via USB and hardware failover between two firewalls.
The TZ 215 is ideal for a distributed office environment, capable of replacing small appliances that can no longer handle the networking needs and traffic requirements of growing branch locations. Branch office firewalls are often taxed beyond their capabilities as businesses push security services and application control features to the periphery.
“The unfortunate reality is that many SMBs still opt for performance over comprehensive security,” said Dmitriy Ayrapetov, product line manager network security at SonicWALL. “As the number of reported network breaches continues to increase, we believe that businesses should no longer be forced to choose between network performance and actually protecting themselves. With the introduction of the TZ 215, they can have the necessary full deep packet inspection security, such as intrusion prevention and anti-malware, while enjoying the full capacity of the high-speed connections available on the market today.”
Just like enterprises, small businesses need protection against sophisticated malware and intrusion attempts that pass through traditional stateful firewalls, targeting PCs and mobile devices when users browse the Internet, send or receive email or download files. In addition, as business-critical applications move to the cloud, small organizations need to ensure that bandwidth is available so that employees can quickly and easily access vital data. SonicWALL’s patented Reassembly-Free Deep Packet Inspection engine, powered by a multi-core architecture, efficiently protects traffic at all network layers to prevent threats from coming into the network. SonicWALL’s Application Intelligence and Control ensures that bandwidth for business-critical applications is always available, while throttling productivity-draining applications. The TZ 215 offers drill-down visualization, making it the only firewall in its class to offer advanced application traffic analytics for deep insight into bandwidth utilization and security threats. These capabilities use both real-time and historical data, enabling fast troubleshooting and forensics.