ASA TIRE SYSTEMS AND SONICWALL BRING SECURE
REMOTE CONNECTIVITY TO TIRE DEALERS
Nashua, NH and Sunnyvale, CA, September 19,
2003 - ASA Tire Systems, a leading provider of IT systems for
independent tire dealers in North America, and SonicWALL, Inc.,
a leading provider of comprehensive Internet security solutions,
today announced a reseller agreement to bring SonicWALL integrated
Internet security solutions to tire retailers throughout the United
States. Available immediately, ASA Tire Systems will offer its customers
SonicWALL's complete line of integrated security solutions, bringing
secure remote connectivity to hundreds of tire dealers with widely
The relationship with SonicWALL enables users
of ASA Tire Systems' TireMax and TirePro products to securely connect
their locations over high-speed Internet connections using cost-effective,
high-performance Virtual Private Networks (VPNs). ASA Tire Systems
deploys SonicWALL firewall appliances for the highest level of network
security and reliability.
"The tire industry has typically relied upon costly frame relay
and point-to-point leased line technology to connect their locations;
some are even using cumbersome dial-up connections," said David
Duchesne, director of sales and marketing for ASA Tire Systems.
"By utilizing SonicWALL's secure connectivity solutions installed
by SonicWALL-certified ASA staff, our clients can now achieve secure
connectivity in an extremely cost effective, high performance manner."
"Most of our stores already had Internet
access for other business reasons, so the incremental monthly cost
was negligible," said Dean Porterfield, general manager of
Tire King of Durham, a ten-location dealer in North Carolina. "With
the ASA Tire SonicWALL solution, we were able to eliminate the monthly
leased line expenses in those locations, and utilizing VPN technology,
we connected our stores securely while maintaining strong network
"We're excited about this partnership with
ASA Tire systems; their strong customer base and broad expertise
as a provider of IT solutions for tire retailers and wholesalers
make them an ideal SonicWALL partner," said Michael Stewart,
SonicWALL vice president of worldwide sales. "We look forward
to helping them continue to build their customer base by extending
SonicWALL's integrated security and connectivity solutions to tire
and automotive dealers and wholesalers across the nation."
About ASA Tire Systems
ASA Tire Systems is a wholly owned subsidiary of ASA International
Ltd. (NASDAQ: ASAA). Headquartered in Nashua, New Hampshire, ASA
Tire Systems develops and builds enterprise-wide software solutions,
delivers support and services, and enables leading Independent Tire
Dealers to achieve a maximum return on their information technology
investment. They can be found on the Internet at: https://www.asatire.com.
About SonicWALL, Inc.
SonicWALL, Inc. is a leading provider of integrated Internet security
appliances offering access security, transaction security and security
services for the enterprise, e-commerce, SMB, education, healthcare
and government markets. Core technologies include firewall, VPN,
SSL, high availability, anti-virus, and content filtering. Together,
these products and technologies provide the most comprehensive Distributed
Security Architecture available. SonicWALL, Inc. is headquartered
in Sunnyvale, CA. SonicWALL trades on the NASDAQ exchange under
the symbol SNWL. For more information, contact SonicWALL at 408-745-9600
or visit the company web site at https://www.sonicwall.com.
ASA Tire Systems
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trademark of ASA International, Ltd. SonicWALL is a registered trademark
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