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E-Class Network Security Appliance Series



The Dell™ SonicWALL™ E-Class Network Security Appliance (NSA) Series is an industry first—using patented Reassembly-Free Deep Packet Inspection™* (RFDPI) technology in combination with multi-core specialized security microprocessors to deliver gateway anti-virus, anti-spyware, intrusion prevention and Application Intelligence at high speed—without sacrificing network performance.

The Dell SonicWALL E-Class NSA Series delivers powerful threat prevention against a vast spectrum of network attacks with unprecedented speed, thanks to multi-core performance architecture. Through the concurrent use of up to 16 specialized security processing cores, the E-Class NSA is engineered to provide breakthrough deep packet inspection and granular network intelligence over real-time network traffic without impacting network performance. Utilizing the processing power of these multiple cores in unison dramatically increases throughput and simultaneous inspection capabilities while lowering overhead impact.

Taking protection to new levels of control is the Dell SonicWALL Application Intelligence Service, a set of customizable protection tools that empowers administrators with precise control over network traffic. This configurable set of granular application-specific policies can automate bandwidth management, control internal and external Web access, restrict transfer of specific files and documents, scan email attachments through user-configurable criteria and support custom signatures.

Designed for highly redundant operations, E-Class NSA appliances are ideal solutions for wired or wireless deployments requiring high-speed access and heavy workgroup segmentation. With integrated support for standards-based VoIP, virtual local area networks (VLANs), enterprise-class routing and quality of service (QoS), E-Class NSAs increase deployment flexibility and enhance productivity.

Dynamic threat protection, content filtering and Application Intelligence services are continually updated on a 24x7 basis to maximize security and decrease cost. IT productivity is increased by eliminating ad-hoc patch management for servers and workstations, automating the application of new protection signatures and removing the necessity to manually update security policies.




Firewall Overview NSA E8500 NSA E6500 NSA E5500
Deep Packet Inspection Firewall Standard Standard Standard
Stateful Packet Inspection Firewall Standard Standard Standard
Unlimited File Size Protection Standard Standard Standard
Protocols Scanned 50+
ICSA Firewall Certified Pending Standard Standard
Security Services Available NSA E8500 NSA E6500 NSA E5500
Application Intelligence and Control1 Standard Standard Standard
Intrusion Prevention Service1 Standard Standard Standard
Gateway Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware1 Standard Standard Standard
Enforced Client Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware1 Standard Standard Standard
Content & URL Filtering (CFS)1 Standard Standard Standard
Content Filtering Client (CFC)1 Standard Standard Standard
ViewPoint Reporting1 Standard Standard Standard
Comprehensive Anti-Spam Service1 Standard Standard Standard
SSL Inspection (DPI-SSL)1 Standard Standard Standard
E-Class 24x7 Support Required
Firewall General NSA E8500 NSA E6500 NSA E5500
Interfaces 4 GbE, 4 SFP, 1 HA, 2 USB 8 GbE, 1 HA, 2 USB 8 GbE, 1 HA, 2 USB
Management CLI, SSH, GUI, GMS
Certifications VPNC, ICSA Gateway Anti-Virus Detection EAL4+, FIPS 140-2 , VPNC, ICSA Firewall 4.1, ICSA Gateway Anti-Virus Detection EAL4+, FIPS 140-2 , VPNC, ICSA Firewall 4.1, ICSA Gateway Anti-Virus Detection
Nodes Supported Unrestricted
RAM 4 GB 1 GB 1 GB
Flash Memory 512 MB
Visual Information Display (LCD Display) Standard Standard Standard
Site-to-Site VPN Tunnels 10000 6000 4000
Global VPN Clients (Maximum) 2,000 (10,000) 2,000 (6,000) 2,000 (4,000)
SSL VPN NetExtender Clients (Maximum) 2 (50)
Virtual Assist Technicians (Maximum) 1 (25)
Unique Malware Threats Blocked 1,000,000+
VLAN Interfaces 512 256 256
SonicPoints Supported (Maximum) 128 128 96
Firewall/VPN Performance NSA E8500 NSA E6500 NSA E5500
Stateful Throughput2 8.0 Gbps 5.0 Gbps 3.9 Gbps
Full DPI Performance3 2.2 Gbps 1.59 Gbps 850 Mbps
Gateway Anti-Virus Throughput3 2.25 Gbps 1.69 Gbps 1.0 Gbps
Intrusion Prevention Throughput3 3.7 Gbps 2.3 Gbps 2.0 Gbps
IMIX Performance3 2.0 Gbps 1.4 Gbps 1.1 Gbps
3DES/AES VPN Throughput4 4.0 Gbps 2.7 Gbps 1.7 Gbps
Maximum Connections5 1500000 1000000 750000
Maximum DPI Connections 1250000 600000 500000
New Connections/Sec 80000 20000 15000
Features NSA E8500 NSA E6500 NSA E5500
Logging ViewPoint, Local Log, Syslog
Network Traffic Visualization Standard Standard Standard
Netflow/IPFIX Reporting Standard Standard Standard
SNMP Standard Standard Standard
Authentication XAUTH/ RADIUS, Active Directory, SSO, LDAP, Terminal Services, Citrix, Internal User Database
Dynamic Routing OSPF, RIP
Single Sign-on (SSO) Standard Standard Standard
Voice over IP (VoIP) Security Standard Standard Standard
Interface to Interface Scanning Standard Standard Standard
PortShield Security Standard Standard Standard
Port Aggregation Standard Standard Standard
Link Redundancy Standard Standard Standard
Policy-based Routing Standard Standard Standard
Route-based VPN Standard Standard Standard
Dynamic Bandwidth Management Standard Standard Standard
802.11n Wireless Support via SonicPoints Standard Standard Standard
Integrated Wireless Switch & Controller Standard Standard Standard
Layer 2 Wireless Bridging Standard Standard Standard
Stateful High Availability Standard Standard Standard
Multi-WAN Standard Standard Standard
Load Balancing Standard Standard Standard
Object-based Management Standard Standard Standard
Policy-based NAT Standard Standard Standard
Inbound Load Balancing Standard Standard Standard
IKEv2 VPN Standard Standard Standard
Active/Active UTM Standard Standard Standard
Terminal Services Authentication/Citrix Support Standard Standard Standard
Onboard Quality of Service (QoS) Standard Standard Standard
SSL Control Standard Standard Standard
IPv6 Standard Standard Standard
Failover NSA E8500 NSA E6500 NSA E5500
Hardware Failover Active/Passive with State Sync, Active/Active DPI with State Sync
Multi-WAN Failover Standard Standard Standard
Automated Failover/Failback Standard Standard Standard
Analog Modem Failover Standard Standard Standard
3G Cellular Modem Failover6 Standard Standard Standard
  1. Services must be purchased separately.
  2. Testing Methodologies: Maximum performance based on RFC 2544 (for firewall). Actual performance may vary depending on network conditions and activated services.
  3. Full DPI/Gateway AV/Anti-Spyware/IPS throughput measured using industry standard Spirent WebAvalanche HTTP performance test and Ixia test tools. Testing done with multiple flows through multiple port pairs.
  4. VPN throughput measured using UDP traffic at 1280 byte packet size adhering to RFC 2544.
  5. Actual maximum connection counts are lower when UTM services are enabled.
  6. USB 3G card and modem are not included. View all supported USB devices.