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Breakthrough Multi-Core Platform Delivers Next Generation


Threat Management and Deep Packet Inspection

NASHUA, NH (February 19, 2008) — SUNNYVALE, CALIF. – February 19, 2008 – SonicWALL, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNWL), a leading secure network infrastructure company, today announced the launch of the SonicWALL Network Security Appliance Series (NSA), aimed at helping mid-sized businesses manage their security applications in one unified solution. The appliances allow IT administrators to better manage, secure and authorize network access reducing security lapses and improving visibility of network activity.

The NSA Series multi-core platform, which first appeared in the E-Class Appliances launched in 2007, now is available in products designed to help mid-size organizations manage their security in an increasingly complex network environment. The rise of Web 2.0 applications, the growth of inbound and outbound network activity and the increased utilization of network resources have seen the management of networks evolve. With new applications being used - which communicate both inside and outside of the network - never has it been more important for an IT department to fully understand what is happening across the corporate network.

“Our full-service ASP network supports 50 client organizations, each ranging up to a dozen locations, and it’s growing all the time, so our solution needed to secure large loads of traffic at peak times,” said Ray Turilli, Network Services Manager, ASA Tire Systems. “Deploying the NSA 3500 let us ensure that our clients were fully protected at gigabit throughput, giving us the freedom to take on larger clients and expand our hosted e-commerce services.”

“Customers want a UTM solution that offers secure real-time internal and external network protection without compromising network performance,” said John Kuhn, director of product marketing, SonicWALL. “With this in mind, we designed the NSA series from the ground up with multi-core hardware and deep packet inspection (DPI) capabilities to deliver a breakthrough product that addresses these needs.”

A New Level of Protection

Designed to simplify security solutions, the NSA series features the next generation in unified threat management (UTM) protection. Combining multiple protection technologies, the NSA series includes intrusion prevention, advanced file and content anti-virus/anti-spyware inspection to provide a comprehensive solution to protect against a wide array of network attacks including, viruses, spyware, worms, Trojans and phishing attacks.

The NSA series takes UTM to another level of protection and network control with the integration of its Application Firewall. This feature set delivers a suite of configurable tools to prevent data leakage while providing granular application control that can be set per user, e-mail user, per schedule and per IP subnet levels to create a future-proofed solution for administrators.

Eliminate Threats Through Inspection

SonicWALL’s NSA appliances utilize a re-assembly-free deep packet inspection (RFDPI) engine to eliminate threats over unlimited file sizes without affecting processing time. In addition to DPI, this solution enables unrestricted concurrent connections offering users ultimate scalability.

The NSA series also ensures safety from both internal and external attacks as well as application vulnerabilities by scanning against multiple application types and protocols.

Custom Built Platform Increases Efficiency

At the heart of the NSA series is the SonicWALL multi-core performance architecture, specifically designed for high-speed internal and external network protection, VPN implementations and deployment flexibility. The new platform uses its 16 cores of processing power to dramatically increase throughput and inspection capabilities while keeping power consumption nearly constant and lowering total cost of ownership.

In addition to its processing power, the NSA series also features wireless LAN (WLAN) and a range of ports making it an ideal solution for wireless and wired applications requiring high-speed access and heavy workgroup segmentation.

Additional features of the NSA series include:

  • SonicWALL Clean VPN: A DPI architecture, assuring mobile user connections and branch office traffic are decontaminated to prevent vulnerabilities and malicious code from being introduced into the corporate network.
  • Standards-Based VoIP: Incorporating VoIP capabilities to provide the highest levels of security for every element of VoIP infrastructure.
  • Secure Distributed Wireless LAN Services: The NSA can function as a secure wireless switch and controller that automatically detects and configures SonicWALL’s wireless points, SonicPoints™.
  • Advanced Routing Services and Networking Features: Built-in routing services that provide full support for Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) and Router Information Protocol (RIP).
  • Award Winning Global Management System (GMS): Enabling the user to manage, enforce policies and configure all appliances on the network at a central location.

About SonicWALL, Inc.

SonicWALL is committed to improving the performance and productivity of businesses of all sizes by engineering the cost and complexity out of running a secure network. Over one million SonicWALL appliances have been shipped through its global network of ten thousand channel partners to keep tens of millions of worldwide business computer users safe and in control of their data. SonicWALL’s award-winning solutions include network security, secure remote access, content security, backup and recovery, and policy and management technology. For more information, visit the company website at www.sonicwall.com.

About ASA Tire Systems

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. ASA’s software tools help tire dealers and retreaders manage all facets of their businesses and can be tailored to suit the ecommerce, order processing, accounting and business management needs of any size retail, wholesale, or retread tire operation. You can find them on the Internet at www.asatire.com.

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