The real power of the NSA 3500

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Unified Threat Management comes to enterprise networks via SonicWall's latest security appliances, the NSA series.

Monitoring is another area that SonicWall has vastly improved. The unit's new security dashboard offers a quick view of the status of the device and the related security services so administrators can quickly tell what is happening on the network and drill down into more detail with a simple click of the mouse. The NSA 3500 also offers historical data and can generate comprehensive reports. Those reports can demonstrate the effectiveness of the product, help administrators understand traffic flow and categorize usage.

The real power of the NSA 3500 comes from the UTM capabilities. Here, the deep packet inspection engine works in conjunction with anti-malware capabilities to examine each packet for a multitude of threats. Normally, that would be a slow and processor-intensive process. The NSA 3500 makes quick work of the packet analysis thanks to the unit's multicore processor. Its four processor cores can be assigned to handle different tasks, such as anti-virus or spam analysis. That simple implementation of a now common technology can make all the difference in the world when it comes to performance.

Solution providers will find that the unit offers a number of optional services, including multiple anti-virus engines and anti-spam services. Each of the services is based upon yearly support contracts that a partner can sell to the end customer. SonicWall makes it relatively easy for a partner to get started with the NSA series of products. The company offers discounts, training and leads to partners and uses a multitier channel program to define partner benefits.

Simply put, VARs looking to enter the UTM appliance market will be well served by SonicWall's NSA series of appliances and the NSA 3500 proves to be an excellent starting point to bring smaller enterprises up to speed with UTM.

Frank Ohlhorst Frank J. Ohlhorst is the Executive Technology Editor for eWeek Channel Insider and brings with him over 20 years of experience in the Information Technology field.He began his career as a network administrator and applications program in the private sector for two years before joining a computer consulting firm as a programmer analyst. In 1988 Frank founded a computer consulting company, which specialized in network design, implementation, and support, along with custom accounting applications developed in a variety of programming languages.In 1991, Frank took a position with the United States Department of Energy as a Network Manager for multiple DOE Area Offices with locations at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPL), Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), FermiLAB and the Ames Area Office (AMESAO). Frank's duties included managing the site networks, associated staff and the inter-network links between the area offices. He also served at the Computer Security Officer (CSO) for multiple DOE sites. Frank joined CMP Technology's Channel group in 1999 as a Technical Editor assigned to the CRN Test Center, within a year, Frank became the Senior Technical Editor, and was responsible for designing product testing methodologies, assigning product reviews, roundups and bakeoffs to the CRN Test Center staff.In 2003, Frank was named Technology Editor of CRN. In that capacity, he ensured that CRN maintained a clearer focus on technology and increased the integration of the Test Center's review content into both CRN's print and web properties. He also contributed to Netseminar's, hosted sessions at CMP's Xchange Channel trade shows and helped to develop new methods of content delivery, Such as CRN-TV.In September of 2004, Frank became the Director of the CRN Test Center and was charged with increasing the Test Center's contributions to CMP's Channel Web online presence and CMP's latest monthly publication, Digital Connect, a magazine geared towards the home integrator. He also continued to contribute to CMP's Netseminar series, Xchange events, industry conferences and CRN-TV.In January of 2007, CMP Launched CRNtech, a monthly publication focused on technology for the channel, with a mailed audience of 70,000 qualified readers. Frank was instrumental in the development and design of CRNTech and was the editorial director of the publication as well as its primary contributor. He also maintained the edit calendar, and hosted quarterly CRNTech Live events.In June 2007, Frank was named Senior Technology Analyst and became responsible for the technical focus and edit calendars of all the Channel Group's publications, including CRN, CRNTech, and VARBusiness, along with the Channel Group's specialized publications Solutions Inc., Government VAR, TechBuilder and various custom publications. Frank joined Ziff Davis Enterprise in September of 2007 and focuses on creating editorial content geared towards the purveyors of Information Technology products and services. Frank writes comparative reviews, channel analysis pieces and participates in many of Ziff Davis Enterprise's tradeshows and webinars. He has received several awards for his writing and editing, including back to back best review of the year awards, and a president's award for CRN-TV. Frank speaks at many industry conferences, is a contributor to several IT Books, holds several records for online hits and has several industry certifications, including Novell's CNE, Microsoft's MCP.Frank can be reached at frank.ohlhorst@ziffdavisenterprise.com

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