University of South Florida secures big data with SonicWall


USF Pediatric Epidemiology Center boosts network security performance 10-fold, while saving $100,000 with SuperMassive Next-Gen Firewall

USF Pediatric Epidemiology Center boosts network security performance 10-fold, while saving $100,000 with SuperMassive  Next-Gen Firewall

Business Need

The USF Pediatric Epidemiology Center analyzes information from a growing volume of biomedical and patient data. In order to secure the corresponding increase in network traffic, the center needed to upgrade the processing capacity of its firewall. In addition, it needed an effective anti-spam solution.


By deploying a SonicWall SuperMassive 10200 Next-Generation Firewall solution, the center has increased performance 10-fold, while saving $100,000 in acquisition, consulting and maintenance costs. In addition, USF-PEC reduced spam 2 to 3 times more effectively than the previous Barracuda appliances after deploying a SonicWall ESA 3300 solution.


• 10-fold increase in security performance
• Two-thirds reduction in spam
• Savings of $100,000 in costs
• Ease-of-deployment
• Greater user satisfaction

Solutions at a glance

• Backup and Recovery
• Email Security
• Network Security

The University of South Florida’s Pediatric Epidemiology Center is comprised of a diverse team with expertise in biostatistics, epidemiology, health informatics, computer science, genetics, nutrition, public health, clinical trials and health services research. The center facilitates interaction and contributions in knowledge between physicians and patients throughout the US and international communities. The center has effectively deployed SonicWall SuperMassive Next-Generation Firewalls, as well as Email Security and Secure Remote Access solutions to securely enhance performance, productivity and global communications.


“Overall, in choosing SonicWall over Check Point, our cost-savings approximated $100,000.”
Pablo Ruiz – IT Manager
University of South Florida