An introduction to SonicWALL

The public company, SonicWALL, is a professionally set up firm that deals in Internet security solutions and related appliances. Its products include devices that provide Their product lines within include devices that provide UTM (Unified Threat Management), firewalls, VPN (Virtual Private Network), value-added subscription services, anti-spam, content filtering and e-mail, back-up and recovery and software. Its deep inspection engine that is free of reassembly has the potential to scan any number of file sizes and downloads happening simultaneously on any TCP port, thereby providing superlative performance and scalability for growing networks.

Headquartered in San Jose, California, USA, SonicWALL also has a sales center in Tempe, Arizona, US and engineering centers in Seattle, Washington, USA, Shanghai, China and Bangalore, India. The company has a worldwide workforce of 700 people across its five international offices. Its offices in Bangalore, Sunnyvale and Tempe also double up as its support centers.

Founded in 1991 by two brothers Sreekanth and Sudhakar Ravi in Sunnyvale, California, the company was called Sonic Systems. It worked on making networking components for Apple’s product, Macintosh. In 1997, they came out with a security product called SonicWALL, which combined a firewall and VPN and a completely dedicated hardware appliance meant for small businesses. Two years later, the company renamed itself to SonicWALL Inc., and in November 1999, for the first time, they went public.

Since then, they went through several developments and acquisitions, and added several core technologies to their security appliances that included anti-virus, intrusion detection and prevention, continuous data protection backup and content filtering.

Some of its prominent acquisitions to this day remain the one with Phobos Corporation, Salt Lake City, Utah in November 2000 for $268 million. The company makes SSL security products. It also acquired the Internet security consulting services company, Ignyte Technology, Inc. in March 2001for $8.6 million. In the same year, it acquired SecureCom Networks, San Jose, California, and RedCreek Communications Inc., in Fremont, California, a company into VPN networking gear.

In 2005, it acquired Lasso Logic, a San Francisco, California, company that makes continuous data backup and recovery solutions based on appliances. It also acquired enKoo, a remote access technology developer in San Jose, California. The following year, it acquired MailFrontier, a company in Palo Alto, California, that develops e-mail security solutions, outbound content control and compliance and spam protection for a record $31 million. In 2007, a provider of enterprise SSL VPN remote access solutions, Aventail Corporation, was acquired for $25 million.

The benefits of using SonicWALL are many. For instance, it is easy to deploy and use in terms of configuration and policy creation, which make it ideal for small and medium-sized companies. It also has very easy to use configuration guides to help users maneuver and navigate through the network environment.

SonicWALL has a very powerful operating platform called SonicOS, which simplifies the most difficult task. This is due to its robust suite of features that enable network administrators to quickly and easily add wireless guest services and object-based management features. This wonderful product has many more features and benefits that make it a sought-after product.

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