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SonicWALL WAN Acceleration
Significantly enhance application transfer performance and increase employee productivity


SonicWall WAN Acceleration Appliance (WXA)

Eliminate performance bottlenecks from data and file sharing applications and give users LAN-like application performance, with WAN optimization. By transmitting only new or changed data, SonicWall WAN Acceleration Appliance (WXA) WAN solutions optimize the bandwidth you already have. Integrate WXA hardware, software or virtual appliance with a SonicWall firewall to minimize and prioritize app traffic.

Overview:

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 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.

Increase Productivity

Increase productivity by enabling your applications to run faster at remote and branch offices without paying to add more bandwidth.

  • LAN like application performance over the WAN
  • Comprehensive scanning for intrusions and malware
  • Simplified deployment, routing and integration
  • Data de-duplication, byte caching and file caching
  • Protocol optimization decreases latency and chattiness
  • Scalability through clustering
  • HTTP (web) caching improves browser response times

Get fast WAN performance for your applications

SonicWall WXA solutions enable your applications to run faster at remote and branch offices without adding more bandwidth. Cut down on duplicate information and reduce latency for peak network performance with data de-duplication, byte caching and file caching. After initial data transmission, you can limit subsequent traffic to only new or changed data.

Seamless integrate WXA with your next-generation firewall

You can seamlessly integrate the WXA Series with your SonicWall next-generation firewall. This powerful combination lets you maximize security and WAN performance. This is because it scans traffic for threats before accelerating it across a virtual private network (VPN) or dedicated WAN link. You can also simplify the deployment, placement, routing, configuration, management and integration of WXA with other parts of your security solution.

Model Lineup:

Designed to reduce application latency, conserve bandwidth and significantly enhance WAN application performance.

SonicWALL WXA 6000

SonicWALL WXA 6000

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.

Performance Visualization Flexiblity Deployment
  • 10,000 Maximum Connections
  • TCP/File Compression
  • WFS Acceleration
  • TCP Visualization
  • WFS Visualization
  • Web Caching Visualization
  • Software Based Installation
Increase productivity for up to 2000 users over 10,000 concurrent connections, using the SonicWALL WAN Acceleration Appliance (WXA) 6000 .

SonicWALL WXA 4000

SonicWALL WXA 4000

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.

Performance Visualization Flexiblity Deployment
  • 1,200 Maximum Connections
  • TCP/File Compression
  • WFS Acceleration
  • TCP Visualization
  • WFS Visualization
  • 1U Rackmount
  • Intel Dual Core 2 GHz CPU
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 2x250 GB Hard Drives
Ideal for small- to medium- sized organizations with remote and branch offices and up to 240 users.

SonicWALL WXA 2000

SonicWALL WXA 2000

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.

Performance Visualization Flexiblity Deployment
  • 600 Maximum Connections
  • TCP/File Compression
  • WFS Acceleration
  • TCP Visualization
  • WFS Visualization
  • 1U Rackmount
  • Intel 2.0 GHz CPU
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 250 GB Hard Drive
Ideal for small- to medium- sized organizations with remote and branch offices and up to 120 users.

SonicWALL WXA 5000 Virtual Appliance

SonicWALL WXA 5000 Virtual Appliance

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.

Performance Visualization Flexiblity Deployment
  • 1,800 Maximum Connections
  • TCP/File Compression
  • WFS Acceleration
  • TCP Visualization
  • WFS Visualization
  • Specifications based on hardware used for the Virtual Appliance.
Ideal for small- to medium- sized organizations looking to simplify migration for remote and branch offices and up to 360 users.

SonicWALL WXA 500 Software

SonicWALL WXA 500 Software

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.

Compare Models:


Model WXA 500 Software WXA 2000 WXA 4000 WXA 5000 Virtual Appliance WXA 6000 Software
Platform Software5 Hardware Appliance Hardware Appliance Virtual Appliance (VMware) Software5
Maximum Users1 20 120 240 360 2,000
Maximum Connections 100 600 1,200 1,8003 10,000
Maximum Flows 100 600 1,200 1,8003 10,000
Included/maximum concurrent WXA client licenses4 2/20 2/50 2/125 2/125 2/125
Byte Caching Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
TCP/File Compression Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Management Requires SonicOS 5.8.1 or later
CIFS/SMB acceleration Yes2 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Signed SMB support Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
WFS/TCP visualization Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
SNMP Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Syslog Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Operating System Hardened SonicWALL Linux OS
Rack-mount Chassis - 1U Rackmount 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
17.0 x 16.4 x 1.7/in
43.18 x 41.59 x 4.44 cm
- -
Weight - 16 lbs/7.26 kg 16 lbs/7.26 kg - -
WEEE Weight - 16 lbs/7.37 kg 16 lbs/7.37 kg - -
Power Consumption (Watts) - 86 101 - -
BTUs - 293 344 - -
MTBF (Years) - 14.27 14.27 - -
Dell Hardware Dell Inspiron 3847, Dell XPS 8700 N/A N/A N/A Dell PowerEdge R320 Server

WXA 5000 Virtual Appliance only
Hypervisor VMware ESX or ESXi version 5.0 or higher Microsoft Windows Server 2012 or 2012 R2 with the Hyper-V role enabled
Virtual appliance requirements SonicWall WXA 1.3.2 release notes
VMware Hardware Compatibility Guide vmware.com/resources/compatibility/search.php

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.
6 Requires SonicOS 6.2 or higher.

Documentation:

Download the SonicWALL WXA Series Data Sheet (.PDF)