SonicWALL announces suite of application traffic analytics tools at GITEX

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Published October 12th, 2011 - 06:03 GMT

SonicWALL, the leading provider of intelligent network security and data protection solutions, today announced the launch of its Application Traffic Analytics software suite at GITEX. This next-generation solution consists of SonicWALL GMS 7.0, Analyzer and Scrutinizer and provides enterprise IT managers with unparalleled insight into real-time and historical network bandwidth utilization, application traffic, security threats and employee productivity. The new Application Traffic Analytics solutions suite provides powerful visualization into the network to assist administrators with troubleshooting and ease with overall network management.

The ability to deliver historical and real-time forensic insight into application and data traffic flowing through a network enables IT managers to better predict, prepare, respond to – and avoid – bandwidth spikes, security threats, inappropriate application usage and network outages. The SonicWALL suite of Application Traffic Analytics solutions improves network management and ROI and drives business productivity by ensuring business-critical service-level and compliance requirements are consistently met.

“Network administrators are under continual pressure to minimize costs and optimize network capital investment, while facing exponential growth in business applications, digital content and network growth. 50% of companies surveyed by industry analyst firm Forrester Research said at least 30% of their bandwidth is being consumed by social networking traffic[1]. Being able to truly visualize, prioritize and protect network traffic flow is a business critical requirement,” said John Gmuender, vice president of engineering and CTO of SonicWALL. “Our new suite of Application Traffic Analytics gives the ability to eye-ball and analyze historical and real time data and application flow. By delivering granular hindsight, we give our customers the foresight to better plan and manage the corporate network in a way that translates directly to the bottom line through enhanced network performance, security and ROI.”

Said Michael Crean, CEO of Solutions Granted, Inc., a solution-based information technology firm specializing in complete managed services, network development and security, “SonicWALL’s new application traffic analytics allow us to have more meaningful business discussions with our customers. For example, we can show in detail which applications are used most in a given day, month or year and which applications are a legitimate use of their network infrastructure and their employees’ time. This level of visibility and analytics helps us help our customers enhance their ROI and productivity.”

The SonicWALL suite of Application Traffic Analytics includes:

SonicWALL Scrutinizer: a multi-vendor, application traffic analytics visualization and reporting tool that measures and troubleshoots network performance and utilization while increasing productivity for enterprises and managed service providers. Granular visualization and analytic reporting capabilities include deep packet analysis, jitter/latency monitoring, automated reports and customizable dashboards. Scrutinizer also provides advanced analysis, historical and advanced reporting, role-based administration and threshold-based alerts. Of particular value to MSPs and ISPs are granular role-based access controls, scheduled over-usage data exports for billing and invoicing and customizable style sheets for branding. SonicWALL Scrutinizer supports a broad range of routers, switches, firewalls, and data-flow reporting protocols from a wide variety of vendors. Scrutinizer provides critical insight into application traffic analysis from IPFIX/NetFlow data exported by SonicWALL firewalls.

SonicWALL Global Management System (GMS) 7.0:

The SonicWALL Global Management System enables organizations of all sizes to globally manage, monitor, and report on up to thousands of remote SonicWALL appliances.

Features include:

Centralized security and network management to help deploy and manage a distributed environment

Universal dashboard features customizable widgets, geographic maps, and user-centric reporting

Real-time and comprehensive policy and compliance reporting across thousands of SonicWALL firewalls

Streamlined license management from a single console

Centralized logging, providing a single point for conducting network forensics

Next-generation syslog reporting that streamlines time-consuming summarizing incoming syslog data

Custom reporting and activity visualization with extensive drill-down capabilities for per user reporting on application usage, websites visited and blocked, backup activity and remote user connectivity

Extensive cross-platform reporting for numerous SonicWALL products, including Firewalls, Anti-Spam, Backup and Recovery (Continuous Data Protection) and Secure Remote Access (SRA) platforms

Active-device monitoring and alerting enable preventative action and deliver immediate remediation

SNMP support provides, real-time traps for all TCP/IP and SNMP-enabled devices and applications, enhancing troubleshooting to pinpoint and respond to critical network events

SonicWALL Analyzer: includes most of the new reporting features available in GMS 7.0 but is targeted at the smaller SMB network. Analyzer is an easy to use web-based tool that provides both real-time and historical application traffic analytics and security event reporting to IT administrators with extensive drill down capabilities to analyze the performance and security of their networks. Analyzer supports SonicWALL firewalls, backup and recovery appliances, and secure remote access devices while leveraging application traffic analytics for security event reports. Reports include: Real-time and historical traffic analysis, comprehensive graphical reports, user centric reports, next-gen syslog reporting, Secure Remote Access (SRA) and Continuous Data Protection (CDP) event reporting and universal scheduled reports.

Background Information


Guided by its vision of Dynamic Security for the Global Network, SonicWALL develops advanced intelligent network security and data protection solutions that adapt as organizations evolve and as threats evolve.

Trusted by small and large enterprises worldwide, SonicWALL solutions are designed to detect and control applications and protect networks from intrusions and malware attacks through award-winning hardware, software and virtual appliance-based solutions. 

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