NSS Labs released their Security Value Map for Next Generation Firewalls based on their Test Methodology v4.0. NSS Labs tested SonicWALL, Palo Alto Networks, Fortinet, Stonesoft, Checkpoint, Barracuda and Juniper (Cisco did not have a product that met their NGFW criteria). Here are the high points:
- SonicWALL’s SuperMassive E10800 is the highest overall protection Next-Generation Firewall to earn NSS Labs “Recommend” rating.
- “Those that consider the SonicWALL brand to be associated with SMB UTM products will need to reevaluate their opinion,” said Vikram Phatak, chief technology officer at NSS Labs
- “For high-end multi-gigabit environments looking to upgrade defenses from their current firewall to a next-generation firewall, the advanced architecture of the SonicWALL SuperMassive E10800 running SonicOS 6.0 provides an extremely high level of protection and performance.”
- The SuperMassive E10800 was measured by NSS Labs at 18.9 Gbps of inspected throughput.
- The SonicWALL device yielded the highest level of real-world HTTP Connections per Second (CPS), ranging from 55,000 to 238,000 CPS for session lengths spanning 44KB to 1.7KB.
- The E10800 exhibited less than 30 microseconds of latency under UDP test traffic conditions.
According to the NSS Labs Next-Generation Firewall Product Analysis, the SonicWALL SuperMassive E10800 “offer[s] some highly evolved features suitable for large enterprises and multi-tenant / service provider deployments, making it straightforward to apply complex policies in a targeted manner across multiple nested groups of firewalls in large-scale deployments.”