Dell reveals features of SonicWALL OS 8.5

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Dell Security has released Dell SonicWALL Secure Mobile Access (SMA) 100 Series OS 8.5, the new version of the OS, targeting the SMB market.

Dell SonicWALL Secure Mobile Access (SMA) 100 Series OS 8.5 provides SSL VPN access to mission-critical applications, data and resources without compromising security to mobile and remote workers at small- and medium-sized businesses.

This new version of the Dell SonicWALL SMA 100 Series OS affords enhanced security to customers by allowing administrators to provision secure mobile access and role-based privileges so workers using smart phones, tablets or laptops (managed or unmanaged) get fast, simple and secure access. Dell says the solution enables organizations to institute BYOD security policies to protect corporate networks and data from rogue access and malware.

Dell SonicWALL SMA 100 Series OS is compatible with all commonly used devices across Windows, iOS, Mac OS X, Android, Linux, Kindle Fire, and Chrome, to provide mobile users secure access to network resources including shared folders, client-server applications, intranet sites, email, and remote and virtual desktop services.

Features of OS version 8.5:

Policy Wizards to deploy policies for OWA, ActiveSync, Outlook Anywhere and Autodiscover. This saves IT administrators considerable time for the most commonly created policies, making them more productive, and it lowers the company’s overall TCO.

HTML5 Enhancements provide rich access experience within their own choice of web browser, eliminating their need to download, install and maintain additional software on their systems. Everything can be run from within the context of the browser window, making connection to resources very easy and with zero-day support of all major operating systems and browsers.

Virtual Host Multicore Support increases resource capacity of host resources that can be accessed by SMA to provide greater reliability and performance at higher concurrencies of connected users. With this additional resource capacity, concurrent user maximum increases from 50 to 250.

Web Application Firewall (WAF) Enhancements secure internal web applications from remote users, the Dell SonicWALL award-winning WAF engine has been enhanced to detect against additional exploits and threats.

Geo IP Detection and Botnet Protection offers customers with a mechanism to allow or restrict user access from various geographical locations. This provides additional protection from a compromised endpoint participating in a botnet, further verifying the validity of the connecting device.

Patrick Sweeney, vice president, product management and marketing, Dell Security, said: It’s a balancing act for IT to keep employees productive, with the flexibility to access corporate data whenever and from wherever they are on the device(s) they choose, while ensuring that business assets and the organization have the level of security needed to fend off today’s threats.”

Dell is offering SMA 100 Series OS 8.5 upgrade for download from in July at no cost to customers with active support contracts in place.