SonicWALL Launches New E-Class Initiative

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 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. 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 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 Series represents an industry first: multi-core unified threat management appliances that deliver deep packet inspection at gigabit speed. Combining a 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.

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.

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.

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

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