SonicWALL WAN Acceleration
Significantly enhanced WAN performance and user experience
In today's distributed enterprise, applications such as Microsoft® SharePoint and Windows® File Share transmit an increasing number of files and data sets over Wide Area Networks (WANs), overburdening available WAN bandwidth. To make matters worse, these collaboration applications can inefficiently retransmit entire files (rather than just incremental changes) multiple times, unnecessarily increasing WAN traffic. IT often responds by expending budget on more bandwidth or enhanced services. Alternatively, WAN acceleration technology can resolve the problem by allowing more efficient utilization of the existing network bandwidth.
The SonicWALL solution.
The SonicWALL® WAN Acceleration Appliance (WXA) Series reduces application latency and conserves bandwidth, significantly enhancing WAN application performance and improving the end user experience for small- to medium-sized organizations with remote and branch offices. After initial data transfer, the WXA Series dramatically reduces all subsequent traffic by transmitting only new or changed data across the network. Deployed in conjunction with a SonicWALL E-Class Network Security Appliance (NSA), NSA or TZ Unified Threat Management (NGFW) Firewall and Application Intelligence and Control Service, the WXA offers the unique combined benefit of prioritizing application traffic and minimizing it between sites, resulting in optimal network performance.
Conserving network bandwidth.
When integrated with a SonicWALL NGFW Firewall, the WXA Series remembers data that has been transferred previously, and through data de-duplication, replaces repeated byte sequences with an identifier to reduce application latency and conserve bandwidth.
A variety of acceleration techniques.
In addition to data de-duplication, the SonicWALL WXA Series provides acceleration features such as data caching, metadata caching, data-in-flight compression and application traffic prioritization using QoS or bandwidth management on the managing NGFW Firewall.
Unlike standalone WAN acceleration products, SonicWALL WXA solutions are integrated add-ons to SonicWALL NGFW Firewalls. This integrated solution streamlines the placement, deployment, configuration, routing, management and integration of WXA with other components, such as VPNs.
To fit a wide variety remote, branch and central office deployments, the WXA Series is comprised of software and hardware based solutions including the SonicWALL WXA 500 Live CD, WXA 2000 and WXA 4000 hardware appliances, and WXA 5000 Virtual Appliance.
Designed to reduce application latency, conserve bandwidth and significantly enhance WAN application performance.
Increase WAN application performance between distributed, remote and branch sites as well as increase productivity for up to 2,000 users over 10,000 concurrent sessions using the WAN acceleration software 6000 running on a Dell PowerEdge R320 server.
||Increase productivity for up to 2000 users over 10,000 concurrent connections, using the SonicWALL™ WAN Acceleration Appliance (WXA) 6000 .|
Designed for small- to medium-sized organizations with remote and branch offices, the WXA 4000 significantly enhances WAN application performance and user experience for up to 240 users, with 1,200 concurrent flows.
||Ideal for small- to medium- sized organizations with remote and branch offices and up to 240 users.|
Designed for small- to medium-sized organizations with remote and branch offices, the WXA 2000 significantly enhances WAN application performance and user experience for up to 120 users, with 600 concurrent flows.
||Ideal for small- to medium- sized organizations with remote and branch offices and up to 120 users.|
As a hardened, performance-optimized virtual server, the SonicWALL® WAN Acceleration Virtual Appliance (WXA) 5000 eases migration and reduces capital costs while significantly enhancing WAN application performance and user experience for up to 360 users.
||Ideal for small- to medium- sized organizations looking to simplify migration for remote and branch offices and up to 360 users.|
As software that is easily deployed on dedicated hardware, the SonicWALL® WAN Acceleration Live CD (WXA) 500 allows organizations with small offices of up to 20 users to enhance WAN application performance while leveraging existing infrastructure.
|WXA Series Specifications|
|Model||WXA 500 LiveCD||WXA 2000||WXA 4000||WXA 5000 Virtual Appliance||WXA 6000 Software|
|Platform||Software5||Hardware Appliance||Hardware Appliance||Virtual Appliance (VMware)||Software5|
|Included/maximum concurrent WXA client licenses4||2/20||2/50||2/125||2/125||2/125|
|Management||Requires SonicOS 5.8.1 or later|
|Signed SMB support||Yes|
|Operating System||Hardened SonicWALL Linux OS|
|Rack-mount Chassis||-||1U Rackmount||-|
|CPU||-||Intel 2.0 GHz||Intel Dual Core 2.0 GHz||-|
|RAM||-||2 GB||4 GB||-|
|Hard Drive||-||250 GB||2 x 250 GB||-|
|Redundant Disk Array (RAID)||-||-||RAID 1||-|
|Dimensions||-||17.0 x 16.4 x 1.7/in
43.18 x 41.59 x 4.44 cm
|Weight||-||16 lbs/7.26 kg||-|
|WEEE Weight||-||16 lbs/7.37 kg||-|
|Power Consumption (Watts)||-||86||101||-|
|Dell Hardware||Dell OptiPlex 3010, Dell Inspiron 660s, Dell Vostro 270s||n/a||Dell PowerEdge R320 Server|
|Hypervisor||-||-||-||ESX and ESXi (5.0 and newer)|
|Operating System Installed||-||-||-||Hardened SonicLinux|
|Minimum CPU||-||-||-||2 x 1.6 GHz|
|Allocated Memory||-||-||-||4 GB|
|Applied Disk Size||-||-||-||250 GB|
1 Maximum users may vary depending on the number of connections being generated per user.
2 CIFS/SMB acceleration is available only when the WXA software image is installed on the supplied Dell hardware.
3 The max number of connections is dependent on the hardware specifications and may vary depending on the hardware configuration. The specifications provided are the minimum requirements to run the WXA Virtual Appliance.
4 NetExtender is required in order to use the WXA client software. Please refer to the WXA release notes for supported operating systems.
5 The WXA 500 and 6000 software can be downloaded from www.mysonicwall.com and requires specific Dell hardware in order to operate.
Download the SonicWALL WXA Series Data Sheet (.PDF)