Dell’s latest NGFW for mid-size firms

Dell’s SonicWall division has added a fourth next generation firewall to its SuperMassive 9000 series, which it says has the same protection and performance as its flagship SuperMassive 10000 Series.

The new 2U-sized 9800 is for mid-sized and up enterprises is the highest-performance deep-packet inspection firewall available, the company says, allowing customers to benefit from reduced capital expenditure and reduced rack, power and cooling costs in the future.

It will soon leverage the new version 8 of Dell’s Global Management System software with new workflow automation for easier management. GSM 8.0 will be released early next year.

The 9800 has up to 20 Gbps of DPI performance, with what Dell calls ultra-fast parallel inspection processing for scalability to higher throughput and connectivity

It also offers best-in-class security with 97.9 per cent security effectiveness without compromising performance.  Dell’s Reassembly-Free Deep Packet Inspection (RFDPI) single-pass threat prevention engine searches more levels of data and every element of every packet to identify threats.

It can support millions of simultaneous connections at near-zero latency for higher throughput, concurrent/ simultaneous TCP connections and connection per second to respond to increased user count,  user device count  (BYOD and IoT) and demand for network connection.

New enterprise-level capabilities and resiliency including support for IPv6, A/A clustering, SNMPv3 and Advanced Switching to organizations that previously found the cost of entry for these advanced capabilities too expensive, Dell says.

“The recent disclosures of the ShellShock and HeartBleed industry-wide vulnerabilities demonstrate that organizations are literally a few well-formed packets away from infrastructure disaster, proving the need for instant and automated security scaled to meet the needs of the network,” Patrick Sweeney, executive director, Dell Security, said in a statement.

“The SuperMassive 9800 provides that level of instant security on a flexible, feature-rich platform. Our SuperMassive 9000 series has helped enterprise organizations realize tremendous benefit in terms of reduced risk and increased competitive advantage through enhanced productivity, and, now, mid-sized companies can deploy the enterprise-level security solutions they need to grow with their business, at the low OPEX and TCO they require. The feature set of the SuperMassive 9800 provides the unique opportunity to leverage the security solution as a competitive advantage, boosting productivity with the assurance that their data is secure.”

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Currently a freelance writer, I'm the former editor of and Computing Canada. An IT journalist since 1997, I've written for several of ITWC's sister publications including and Computer Dealer News. Before that I was a staff reporter at the Calgary Herald and the Brampton (Ont.) Daily Times. I can be reached at hsolomon [@]

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