Check Point 4000 Appliances vs. SonicWall NSA Series

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Check Point 4000 Appliances
Score 8.3 out of 10
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Check Point’s 4000-series appliances is a legacy firewall offering. It also provides IPsec VPN access and intrusion prevention within the offering.N/A
SonicWall NSA Series
Score 8.8 out of 10
N/A
The SonicWall NSA Series is the company's mid-range next generation firewall (NGFW).N/A
Pricing
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Editions & Modules
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Offerings
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Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
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Top Pros
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Features
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Firewall
Comparison of Firewall features of Product A and Product B
Check Point 4000 Appliances
9.1
1 Ratings
7% above category average
SonicWall NSA Series
7.1
4 Ratings
18% below category average
Identification Technologies9.01 Ratings5.04 Ratings
Visualization Tools8.01 Ratings8.04 Ratings
Content Inspection9.01 Ratings6.03 Ratings
Policy-based Controls9.01 Ratings8.04 Ratings
Active Directory and LDAP8.01 Ratings4.03 Ratings
Firewall Management Console10.01 Ratings9.04 Ratings
Reporting and Logging10.01 Ratings7.04 Ratings
VPN10.01 Ratings9.04 Ratings
High Availability10.01 Ratings7.04 Ratings
Stateful Inspection9.01 Ratings8.03 Ratings
Proxy Server8.01 Ratings00 Ratings
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User Ratings
Check Point 4000 AppliancesSonicWall NSA Series
Likelihood to Recommend
10.0
(2 ratings)
8.0
(4 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(2 ratings)
User Testimonials
Check Point 4000 AppliancesSonicWall NSA Series
Likelihood to Recommend
Check Point Software Technologies
Well suited for small to medium business with less than 1000 users. Good edge device, NAT is easy to work with. The anti-malware, anti-spyware are worthwhile paid add-ons. Anti-spoofing is built in, and required to be put in. The split of management between Gaia and secure platform applications is painful, but nothing that can't be gotten around.
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SonicWall
SonicWall NSA is best suited for small to mid-size companies or small to medium K-12 school districts. It's less appropriate for larger businesses and schools. This is due to their ease of use and well-rounded feature set but lacks in advanced configuration, performance, and reliability.
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Pros
Check Point Software Technologies
  • If you have critical data then you can use this firewall for secure your organization
  • You can also use for cloud security
  • If you want the deep packet inspection then this is one of the best firewall for you.
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SonicWall
  • Relatively inexpensive compared to some of the higher-end products, like Palo Alto Networks.
  • Easy to set up, as the SonicWall NSA interface is consistent across all models.
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Cons
Check Point Software Technologies
  • Steep learning curve for admins
  • No packet tracer application like the ASA to test flows prior to putting in new rules, etc.
  • Policy packages are all or nothing. I cannot uninstall or turn off a piece of the overall policy, it's all or nothing.
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SonicWall
  • Ideal with smaller businesses. Would have to examine for more complex needs of larger businesses.
  • Scalability might be an issue for super large organizations.
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Support Rating
Check Point Software Technologies
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SonicWall
Most of the time, calling SonicWall NSA Support, you get an expert who can help resolve your issues. RMAs are pretty easy once they determine there is an issue with the hardware. Support is available 24x7, which makes emergency calls easy. The only downside is the support engineers may have thick accents; however, their expertise more than makes up for any language barriers.
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Alternatives Considered
Check Point Software Technologies
We were using the Cisco ASA 5525 but this firewall was not fully secure. Lots of advanced features were missing so we installed the Check Point 4000 Appliances and we are really happy with the features, advanced IPS and web filtering help us to protect our organization and also more control our user traffic.
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SonicWall
We compared the FortiGate to Sonicwall and continued with Sonicwall as we were a mid-size school where the Sonicwall was performing adequately, and the learning curve was steep to switch platforms. The Sonicwall offered everything the FortiGate did, and was not as costly, both in the appliance and in licensing.
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Return on Investment
Check Point Software Technologies
  • We have not seen a zero-day exploit since implementing the anti-spyware, anti-malware, and URL filtering functionality
  • We have not seen a successful intrusion into our systems since the implementation of our checkpoint 4000
  • We have had this firewall for 5+ years, and it still has much life left in it.
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SonicWall
  • Was affordable, allowing for advanced routing and security.
  • Enabled us to build VPNs without purchasing additional services
  • Was simple enough to manage in house without external support.
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