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SonicWall Cloud Edge Secure Access Case Study

Security and Networking Solution Integrator


This case study of a security and networking solution integrator is based on an October 2020 survey of SonicWall Cloud Edge Secure Access customers by TechValidate, a 3rd-party research service. The profiled company asked to have their name blinded to protect their confidentiality.

“It worked out of the box. Compared with traditional AWS- or Azure-hosted VPNs or on-prem VPN hardware, Cloud Edge Secure Access delivers better security to protect high-value assets and has faster performance.

We loved the mac OS app and management portal interface. They worked seamlessly. It was easier to onboard, manage, and scale.”


The business challenges that led the profiled company to evaluate and ultimately select SonicWall Cloud Edge Secure Access:

  • Need Cloud-native Zero-Trust Security
  • Concerns about over-privileged users (Least-Privileged Access default preferred)
  • Need to avoid delays in onboarding new office sites or remote users
  • Need to empower the remote workforce, employees with BYODs and work-from-anywhere culture
  • Need to comply with info-sec regulations that mandate data must remain at rest and cannot be moved or captured locally
  • Operates a lean IT department that needs an all-in-one solution (Fast WireGuard tunnel, protection against volumetric DDoS/ Slowloris/ SYN flood/ Wi-Fi hijacking, traffic load balancing, SIEM and modern IdP integrations)

Use Case

The key features and functionalities of SonicWall Cloud Edge Secure Access that the surveyed company uses:

  • Running the Cloud Edge Secure Access service in a lab environment.
  • Uses SonicEdge APP agent for macOS.
  • Delivers the following apps with the Cloud Edge Secure Access:
    • Remote desktop apps
    • Web apps
    • SSH or VNC-based apps


The surveyed company achieved the following results with SonicWall Cloud Edge Secure Access:

  • Agrees that the management portal interface worked seamlessly (“absolutely loved the new UI”).
  • Agrees that the SonicWall Cloud Edge Secure Access mobile and desktop apps worked seamlessly.
  • Agrees that cloud-native Secure Remote Access (creating rules, objects, and policies) is easier compared to traditional enterprise-class VPN.
  • Cloud Edge Secure Access compared with traditional AWS or Azure-hosted VPNs or on-prem VPN hardware:
    • Better security to protect high-value assets
    • Easier to separate employees from external users
    • Faster performance
    • Faster deployment
    • Greater stability
    • Easier and faster onboarding of new offices and new users
    • Easier management
    • Easier ability to scale
    • Better ease of use
  • Most beneficial features of Cloud Edge Secure Access:
    • Ability to secure distributed enterprises and remote workforce
    • Instant secure access to any sites and resources on hybrid-clouds
    • Zero-Trust policies by networks, applications, user and device profiles
    • Built-in micro-segmentation to prevent unauthorized lateral movements
    • Ability to scale from 100 to thousands of users
    • Ability to allow IT managers to configure in 15 minutes
    • Ability to allow end-user can deploy in 5 minutes
    • No usage and bandwidth limit
    • Public Wi-Fi security
    • High-performance WireGuard encryption
    • Cloud Identity Provider integration
    • Modern SSO and MFA integration
    • Ability to stop DDoS, Slowloris, SYN floods

About This Data

This data was sourced directly from verified users of SonicWall by TechValidate.

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