SonicWALL Announces Suite of Application Traffic Analytics Tools

Historical and Real-Time Forensic and Visual Analytics Transform Network Protection, Management and Productivity

SonicWALL Inc. announced the launch of its Application Traffic Analytics software suite. This next-generation solution consists of SonicWALL Global Management System (GMS) 7.0, Analyzer and Scrutinizer and provides enterprise IT managers with unparalleled insight into real-time and historical network bandwidth utilization, application traffic, security threats and employee productivity. The new Application Traffic Analytics solutions suite provides powerful visualization into the network to assist administrators with troubleshooting and ease with overall network management.

The ability to deliver historical and real-time forensic insight into application and data traffic flowing through a network enables IT managers to better predict, prepare, respond to -- and avoid -- bandwidth spikes. It also helps manage security threats, inappropriate application usage and network outages. The SonicWALL suite of Application Traffic Analytics solutions improves network management and helps drive ROI and business productivity by ensuring business-critical service-level and compliance requirements are consistently met.

For enterprises, the SonicWALL Application Traffic Analytics solution combines a SonicWALL Next-Generation Firewall and either the SonicWALL GMS 7.0 or SonicWALL Scrutinizer. For small- to medium-sized businesses, the SonicWALL Application Traffic Analytics solution combines a SonicWALL Next-Generation Firewall and either SonicWALL GMS 7.0 or SonicWALL Analyzer. SonicWALL's Next-Generation Firewalls with the Reassembly-Free Deep Packet Inspection™ (RFDPI) engine provide the rich data source that is then utilized by these tools to give users unmatched deep real-time and historical insight.

"Network administrators are under continual pressure to minimize costs and optimize network capital investment, while facing exponential growth in business applications, digital content and network growth. 50% of companies surveyed by industry analyst firm Forrester Research said at least 30% of their bandwidth is being consumed by social networking traffic.(1) Being able to truly visualize, prioritize and protect network traffic flow is a business critical requirement," said John Gmuender, vice president of engineering and CTO of SonicWALL. "By utilizing the network security SonicOS platform that leverages the unique capabilities of our RFDPI engine, our new suite of Application Traffic Analytics gives the ability to eye-ball and analyze historical and real time data and application flow. By delivering granular hindsight, we give our customers the foresight to better plan and manage the corporate network in a way that translates directly to the bottom line through enhanced network performance, security and ROI."

Said Michael Crean, CEO of Solutions Granted, Inc., a solution-based information technology firm specializing in complete managed services, network development and security, "SonicWALL's new application traffic analytics allow us to have more meaningful business discussions with our customers. For example, we can show in detail which applications are used most in a given day, month or year and which applications are a legitimate use of their network infrastructure and their employees' time. This level of visibility and analytics helps us help our customers enhance their ROI and productivity."

The SonicWALL suite of Application Traffic Analytics includes:

SonicWALL Scrutinizer: a multi-vendor, application traffic analytics visualization and reporting tool that measures and troubleshoots network performance and utilization while increasing productivity for enterprises and managed service providers. Granular visualization and analytic reporting capabilities include deep packet analysis, jitter/latency monitoring, automated reports and customizable dashboards. Scrutinizer also provides advanced analysis, historical and advanced reporting, role-based administration and threshold-based alerts. Of particular value to MSPs and ISPs are granular role-based access controls, scheduled over-usage data exports for billing and invoicing and customizable style sheets for branding. SonicWALL Scrutinizer supports a broad range of routers, switches, firewalls, and data-flow reporting protocols from a wide variety of vendors. Scrutinizer provides critical insight into application traffic analysis from IPFIX/NetFlow data exported by SonicWALL firewalls.

SonicWALL Global Management System (GMS) 7.0:

The SonicWALL Global Management System enables organizations of all sizes to globally manage, monitor and report on up to thousands of remote SonicWALL appliances.

Features include:

  • Centralized security and network management to help deploy and manage a distributed environment
  • Universal dashboard features customizable widgets, geographic maps, and user-centric reporting
  • Real-time and comprehensive policy and compliance reporting across thousands of SonicWALL firewalls
  • Streamlined license management from a single console
  • Centralized logging, providing a single point for conducting network forensics
  • Next-generation syslog reporting that streamlines time-consuming summarizing incoming syslog data
  • Custom reporting and activity visualization with extensive drill-down capabilities for per user reporting on application usage, websites visited and blocked, backup activity and remote user connectivity
  • Extensive cross-platform reporting for numerous SonicWALL products, including Firewalls, Anti-Spam, Backup and Recovery (Continuous Data Protection) and Secure Remote Access (SRA) platforms
  • Active-device monitoring and alerting enable preventative action and deliver immediate remediation
  • SNMP support provides, real-time traps for all TCP/IP and SNMP-enabled devices and applications, enhancing troubleshooting to pinpoint and respond to critical network events

SonicWALL Analyzer: includes most of the new reporting features available in GMS 7.0 but is targeted at the smaller SMB network. Analyzer is an easy to use web-based tool that provides both real-time and historical application traffic analytics and security event reporting to IT administrators with extensive drill down capabilities to analyze the performance and security of their networks. Analyzer supports SonicWALL firewalls, backup and recovery appliances, and secure remote access devices while leveraging application traffic analytics for security event reports. Reports include: Real-time and historical traffic analysis, comprehensive graphical reports, user centric reports, next-gen syslog reporting, Secure Remote Access (SRA) and Continuous Data Protection (CDP) event reporting and universal scheduled reports.

Pricing and Availability

SonicWALL Scrutinizer is available immediately. Pricing starts at a list price of US$3,495.

SonicWALL Analyzer and SonicWALL Global Management System Version 7.0 will be available in November 2011.

Analyzer will start at a list price of $125 for TZ Series products. Pricing for GMS remains unchanged.