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New Bolton College Campus Gains SonicWALL Network Protection

Sonicwall : 01 September, 2010  (Application Story)
Content filtering and malware detection to feature in network security appliance being supplied to the new campus at Bolton College ready for the new term to enhance security for the institution
SonicWALL has been chosen by Bolton College to upgrade its network security systems to coincide with the launch of a new £70 million high-tech campus in September. The recently launched SonicWALL E-class NSA E8500 will replace the existing Cisco PIX firewall and provide advanced security features including deep-packet inspection, gateway anti-virus and malware detection, bandwidth control and content filtering.

Bolton College has over 400 members of staff and 15,000 enrolled students, spread over six campuses. While based primarily in Bolton, the College operates a number of Community Learning Centres in the surrounding area. With the launch of a new campus in September, the College started looking for a long-term network security solutions to accommodate the College's growing needs.

"We have roughly 1,600 devices on the network including roughly 40 servers, of which 95% are within a virtual infrastructure," said Steven Fitzsimmons, Senior IT Technician, at Bolton College. "We decided on SonicWALL NSA E8500 due to extremely positive reviews from other colleges around the country. I also spoke to colleges using other vendors and did not hear the same enthusiasm about the other products. We are planning to use the E8500 to replace the use of existing products such as our Web filter and external SSL VPN access. There is an obvious saving once the licenses for these products have expired."

The E8500 is engineered to drive down administrative complexity, while defending against the entire spectrum of network attacks, both externally and internally, with unprecedented speed. This next generation firewall provides centralised management, network segmentation, multiple deployment options and advanced networking features for ultimate control and flexibility.

Additionally, the College will be able to utilise advanced SonicWALL Application Intelligence and Control features to ensure proper utilisation of bandwidth by limiting down peer-to-peer and video traffic while prioritising access to education related applications.


"When we first plugged in the E85000, we could see for the first time that 80% of non-web browsing traffic was attributed to Bit Torrent sites. More worryingly, we could also see that many machines were infected with the Conficker virus. When compared to a competitive device we tried from another vendor, this data was simply not detected at all."

"We are delighted to be working with Bolton College as they go through this transformational project," said Andy Zollo, NEMEA Sales Director at SonicWALL . "Our presence in the education sector is growing rapidly, as products like the E8500 are uniquely placed to meet the stringent network security requirements of schools, colleges and universities, while offering significant cost-savings."

In the last 12 months, SonicWALL has reached a number of significant agreements with colleges and Universities across the UK, helping them to replace legacy firewall with SonicWALL's award-winning NSA and E-Class NSA solutions.
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