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SonicWALL aims high with Enterprise Unified Threat Management.

Sonicwall : 16 October, 2007  (New Product)
Larger enterprises targetted by SonicWALL for threat management system that covers e-mail, networking and remote access in one unified package.
SonicWALL has launched a new initiative intended to accelerate SonicWALL's ongoing move into the enterprise market. The broad-based global initiative is based around SonicWALL's E-Class solution set, a premium-performance line of secure networking, email security and remote network access offerings engineered to drive down the cost and complexity of deploying a secure infrastructure. Igniting this initiative, SonicWALL launches a new family of multi-core processor firewalls that combine enterprise-class protection and performance in a single appliance: the NSA E7500, the NSA E6500 and the NSA E5500.

As the cybercrime economy continues to flourish and threats become harder to detect, security is now a mainstream focus for all network administrators. The need for enterprise network traffic inspection continues to grow to protect against more intensive, application layer threats, increasing security processing load and protection requirements. The majority of current network infrastructure options are complex and costly, forcing IT administrators to engage in a constant trade off between network speed and security.

SonicWALL's growth has been fuelled by four acquisitions in less than two years: SSL VPN niche player EnKoo, data backup and recovery start-up Lasso Logic, enterprise email security company MailFrontier and most recently Aventail, the leading provider of enterprise class secure remote access solutions. An acknowledged leader in the small to mid-sized IT security market, SonicWALL continues to expand its range with more sophisticated solutions for distributed enterprises and large networks.

SonicWALL's E-Class offerings comprise: the SonicWALL Aventail range of SSL VPN secure remote access products; SonicWALL Email Security 6000 and 8000 solutions for 1000 users and above; the award-winning Global Management System policy and management software that enables central management of devices from few to tens of thousands; and the newest appliances in SonicWALL's network security line, the NSA E-Series firewalls.

SonicWALL's Network Security Appliance (NSA) Series represents an industry first: multi-core unified threat management (UTM) appliances that deliver deep packet inspection at gigabit speed. Combining a powerful real-time and reassembly-free deep packet inspection firewall with multiple layers of protection technology and a suite of high-availability features, the NSA series appliances are designed for the most demanding deployments including distributed enterprise environments, campus networks, data centres and small-medium businesses where bandwidth considerations require high-performance solutions.

'SonicWALL's NSA E7500 firewall is a great alternative to the premium-priced solutions from vendors such as Cisco,' said Jeff Parker, offsite systems manager at Carriage Services. 'With the NSA E7500, there's no trade off between functionality and value. With the NSA E 7500, I don't have to compromise performance or security to fit into my budget. I know I'm protected while my network runs at gigabit speeds, and managing my security infrastructure has never been easier."

The NSA Series multi-core architecture is a parallel performance design delivering ultra high-speed threat protection and deployment scalability. SonicWALL Application Firewall, a set of customisable protection tools, offers administrators precise control and inspection capabilities over their network traffic. A suite of high availability features at the hardware and system level deliver operational reliability and measurably improved uptime. The NSA series offers enterprise customer an extensive array of advanced network and configuration flexibility features, ease of integration, and deployment flexibility designed to provide lowered management complexity and exceptional value.

The NSA E7500 is designed to serve central enterprise sites with distributed networks in environments such as web or application hosting, ISP managed services head end, or ASP infrastructure. The NSA E6500 is intended as a corporate central site appliance for mid-sized organisations, while the NSA E5500 is intended for local branch office or standalone mid-sized enterprises.

"The new E-Class product offering demonstrates SonicWALL's continued investment and commitment in making the industry's easiest to manage, ultra-high speed security appliances," said Tom McDougall, president and CEO at High Point Networks. "SonicWALL is taking its product innovation and expertise from the SMB market and applying it to the enterprise market by delivering a solution that uniquely addresses the needs of large, distributed networks."

With the foundations of its business in the small to mid-sized business space, SonicWALL designs its technology for sophisticated performance combined with ease of deployment. SonicWALL has also developed a successful services delivery model which supports the outsourcing and managed services needs of IT organisations of all sizes.

"SonicWALL's enterprise customers tell us they are tired of overpaying for complex, underperforming, proprietary solutions," said Matt Medeiros, president and chief executive officer at SonicWALL. "In contrast to the majority of offerings in this maturing industry, SonicWALL E-Class solutions have been designed to drive enterprise performance and productivity gains by engineering cost and complexity out of the secure infrastructure. We start from the premise that the majority of businesses face a shortage of IT personnel and time. SonicWALL's focus on practical effectiveness resonates not only with our worldwide channel base and millions of SMB users, but increasingly with the needs of enterprise IT professionals."

'We're looking forward to working with SonicWALL on bringing their latest products to market,' said James Carter, CTO at The Integration Works. 'Based on SonicWALL's proven track record for product innovation and commitment to creating an outstanding experience for its customers, we anticipate high demand from the enterprise marketplace for the new E-Class product offering.'

The NSA E7500 is available immediately. The E6500 and E5500 firewalls will be available in Q4 2007.
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