Sonicwall Unveils New Family Of High-Performance Network Security Appliances

SonicWALL Aventail E-Class Secure Remote Access (SRA) delivers secure, easy-to-manage remote access control for the mobile enterprise

January 15, 2009

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SUNNYVALE, CALIF. - January 13, 2009 - SonicWALL, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNWL), a leading secure network infrastructure company, today announced the SonicWALL Aventail E-Class Secure Remote Access (SRA), which delivers secure, easy-to-manage remote access control for the mobile enterprise. The Aventail E-Class SRA is built on the powerful SonicWALL Aventail SSL VPN platform, enabling it to provide access control by detecting the security of the end point, protecting applications and connecting authorized employees and business partners for up to 2,000 concurrent users from a single appliance.

As businesses increasingly look to provide their employees with the flexibility to work from home, on the move or in the office, they must carefully consider the implications of managing an increasingly distributed network. With users logging on from multiple locations, IT managers need to equip themselves with network security solutions that can monitor, grant and deny network access, in addition to protect from threats of all origins.

"The trend toward businesses promoting flexible work schemes continues," said Chris Witeck, Director of Product Management at SonicWALL. "Our newest addition to the SonicWALL Aventail line provides mid-sized and enterprise level companies with a security solution that is highly scalable, easy to deploy and the appliance they need to allow their workforce to work where they want, when they want. The Aventail E-Class SRA provides maximum IT control, reducing administration costs and increasing worker productivity."

The Aventail E-Class uses a three-pronged approach to provide complete end-user and network protection; Detect, Protect and Connect.

Detect SonicWALL's Recurring End Point Control (EPC) provides the administrator the ability to maintain network integrity through end-point security assessments at log-in and at regular intervals. With the capability to select the regularity of the scans, when the system detects a change in a device's security status, the session will be terminated automatically. This feature then prompts the user to log back in. Recurring EPC delivers NAC-level security by providing that the ongoing integrity of remote devices consistently adheres to corporate IT policy requirements.

Protect The SonicWALL Aventail E-Class SRA is designed for a novice user to be able to set up and manage. Through its simplified appliance installation and policy configuration, The SonicWALL Aventail E-Class SRA can be quickly deployed to secure the network.

This new offering introduces enhanced user monitoring, thereby giving administrators' substantial improvements in measuring user activity as well as troubleshooting connectivity and policy issues using the management console. Able to view, filter and dissect information in a variety of ways, the manager obtains a level of granular control that protects applications on a policy basis, only allowing access to authorized devices.

Connect Once connected, the IT manager can continue to provide optimum user experience while maintaining security through the use of SonicWALL's redesigned WorkPlace Portal. The portal affords the IT manager with even greater control over the organization of content contained within the WorkPlace, such as displayed shortcuts, file downloads, intranet browsing and filtering. Now able to upload their own styles and layouts, administrators can even provide customization on a community or group basis, designed specifically for its needs.

"Since its acquisition of Aventail a year ago, SonicWALL has strived to push itself to deliver strong offerings for the enterprise market," said Michael Suby, Director of Stratecast (a Division of Frost & Sullivan). "The SonicWALL Aventail SRA appliance clearly continues the Aventail heritage of enterprise-class SSL VPN solutions. Furthermore, with the Channel 2.0 initiative, SonicWALL's select channel partners have both product and means to address large and complex secure remote access challenges."

Additional features of the SonicWALL Aventail E-Class SRA series include:

- Broader Cross Platform Support: Cross-platform support now extends Connect Tunnel EPC and Advanced EPC functionality to Macintosh and Linux, making it even easier to upgrade away from IPSec. - Enhanced Authentication: SonicWALL Aventail E-Class SRA solutions support Vasco, RSA, Active Directory, LDAP, RADIUS, and ACE authentication as well as One-Time Password (OTP)generation for two-factor authentication. - Zone Based Provisioning: Enabling administrators to extend control over what access agents are deployed based upon the remote user's End Point Control classification.

For more information please visit: 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 web site at Safe Harbor Regarding Forward-Looking Statements Certain statements in this press release are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The forward-looking statements include but are not limited to statements regarding the benefits of the benefits associated with the SonicWALL Aventail E-Class Secure Remote Access device. These forward-looking statements are based on the opinions and estimates of management at the time the statements are made and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements. In addition, please see the "Risk Factors" described in our Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2007, for a more detailed description of the risks facing our business. All forward-looking statements included in this release are based upon information available to SonicWALL as of the date of the release, and we assume no obligation to update any such forward-looking statement. NOTE: SonicWALL is a registered trademark of SonicWALL, Inc. Other product and company names mentioned herein may be trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

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