SonicWall TZ100 UTM firewall review - throughput and latency examined

Written by Gionatan Danti on . Posted in Hardware analysis

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The smallest member of SonicWall's UTM firewall is the SonicWall TZ100, or TZ100 in short. This little, white-looking appliance, albeit low-end, is a 100% UTM-enabled device, capable of url/content filtering, antivirus inspection and IDS/IPS analysis. You can read the full SonicWall TZ 100 product specifications here, while you can download the complete SonicWall TZ's series PDF datasheet from http://www.sonicwall.com/emea/488_6392.html

Current bare hardware list price is 295$, while a 1 year UTM licenze (yes, you need a license for that) costs another 225$. If you buy the TotalSecure 100 bundle (hardware + 1 year license), list price is at 465$. List price are obviously subject to change; however, you can not expect prices to fall down by a great amount. The point is that we are dealing with a very capable SonicOS-based appliance that boast 5 Fast Ethernet port and quite interesting UTM throughput, as SonicWall state a ~25 Mbit/s full UTM (antivirus + IDS/IPS) performance. Firewall and VPN specifications are quite respectable, being rated at 100 Mbit/s and 75 Mbit/s respectively.

 However, official specification, for both features and performance, should be verified on real world test and under realistic workload. For this very reason, I am going to test the performance of our hero in some common, networked-related tasks. So, lets go to next page to describe testing methodologies.

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