Winner: SonicWALL for SonicWALL Universal Management Appliance (UMA) EM5000
The SonicWALL E-Class Universal Management Appliance (UMA) centralizes policy management, monitoring and reporting for multiple SonicWALL appliances. The UMA provides an effective way to configure and manage global policies for security appliances and services, enhancing efficiency and providing a rapid return on investment. The appliance simplifies and automates policy management, monitoring and compliance reporting with flexible, powerful and intuitive tools. Multiple UMA devices, when deployed in a cluster, can scale to manage up to thousands of SonicWALL security appliances. This makes the SonicWALL UMA an ideal solution for small- to medium-sized businesses, enterprises and managed service providers that have either single site or distributed multi-site environments. Features include unified policy management, comprehensive monitoring and automated alerting, custom and template-based reporting, centralized logging for deep forensic analysis and remediation, secure, reliable and optimized hardware architecture, intuitive management dashboard, and high-availability services across multiple sites.
The EM5000 provides numerous advantages, including the ability to set granular policy controls from one location. It can centrally manage and define policies at a very detailed level for a large number of SonicWALL appliances. As well, central management drives efficiency gains and reduces operating expenses. The solution offers detailed and customizable reporting capabilities for compliance or other purposes.
Using these features, the IT staff benefits from increased staff productivity, streamlined management and provisioning, adherence to compliance controls, rapid response to network disruptions, high service and network uptime, and scheduled policy changes. In addition, the UMA EM5000 provides simplified inventory management, integrated service licensing, service contract co-termination, reporting for auditors and user activity reporting. This, in turn, gives the business manager greater efficiencies via a single platform, as well as relevant data for auditors, adherence to compliance controls, elimination of wasteful network usage, prevention of lapses in support coverage, and presents just one vendor to procure from.