SonicWall SMA 500 Virtual Appliance

Dell Security announced the release of the latest OS version of its Dell SonicWALL Secure Mobile Access (SMA) 100 Series, version 8.5. This new version provides mobile and remote workers at SMBs, with policy-enforced SSL VPN access to

New functionality enhancements in OS version 8.5 include:

  • Policy Wizards ‒ Easy-to-use 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 can lowers the company’s overall TCO.
  • HTML5 Enhancements ‒ Provide end users with a 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.  Lastly, to align across the entire portfolio, this product previously known as “SRA SMB Virtual Appliance” has now been renamed “SMA 500v.”

New enhancements to Dell SonicWALL SMA 100 series include:

  • Web Application Firewall (WAF) Enhancements ‒ Helping to secure internal web applications from remote users, the Dell SonicWALL award-winning WAF engine has been enhanced to detect against additional exploits and threats. This allows customers to ensure that confidentiality of data and internal web services remains uncompromised if a malicious or rogue authenticated user should gain access.
  • Geo IP Detection and Botnet Protection ‒ Grants customers with a mechanism to allow or restrict user access from various geographical locations. This also provides additional protection from a compromised endpoint participating in a botnet, further verifying the validity of the connecting device.
  • End Point Control (EPC) Enhancements ‒ Various enhancements to the SMA EPC engine provide greater assurance that the endpoint accessing the network is trusted and not malicious.

The number of concurrent users Maximum 50
Hypervisor VMWare ESXi and ESX (version 4.0 )
Installed  Enhanced version of Linux
operating system
Hardware resource requirements Appliance size (on disk) 2GB, allocated memory 2GB

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