What’s in a Firewall?

We at Twin Networks understand heartily that the customer comes first. Equipment and vendors cannot be used for name alone, even if they are the best in the market. Ultimately, the best system is the system that works best for the client. Dell understands that as well, as a business partner. Focusing on your concerns, the best decision can be made to bring the best IT network solutions: security, latency, bandwidth, and throughput.

That means that architecting a comprehensive network infrastructure, all of the factors need to be weighed to come up with the custom solution fitting a customer’s needs. Security might not be their number one concern, but as the IT professional, it’s our job to make it top of the list. That said, maybe the customer’s first concern is throughput and productivity. Faster is better in their minds. It’s up to us to make sure that everything else can fall into place, using the best vendors for the job, and giving the customer their business solution that fits.

With all of this talk of threats, risk, hack, and the need for security, we’re trying to bring the focus back on SOLUTIONS over problems. Dell Security Peak Performance centered on their security systems, hardware and software, and namely – their robust and newly upgraded SonicWall series of firewalls. We’re convinced that they’ve got security on lock, but what about the rest of the equation?

From everything we’ve heard and seen – the new SonicWall TZs are the real deal. Dell has told us that they are so confident in this hardware that they encourage you to put at TZ behind your current firewall and let it catch files, viruses, and threats that your current systems are letting pass through. For example, many competitor firewalls have a flaw whereby files larger than a certain size get passed through without full inspection, so as not to slow down bandwidth. That’s unacceptable. Dell’s promised a solution to that, encryption and decryption that does not produce latency or loss of bandwidth.

Dell’s viewpoint is that IT starts with security and all other components fall into place following your security solution. Alternatively, another competitor like Aruba might say that wireless is everything – and security and other factors come after your wireless solution is put into place. The benefit of the SonicWall, one of the most robust and well-performing firewalls on the market today, is that it is backed by an integrated system. Dell’s advantage is that they also offer the 802.11ac package, working seamlessly with the SonicWall TZs, which many firewall vendors cannot say. That’s a definite advantage, and that’s the first step towards a solution, but certainly not the last piece of the puzzle.

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