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SonicWALL Updates New SonicWALL Aventail 9.0 Platform to Include Enhanced Centralized Management and Remote Access Control Capabilities for Enterprises

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Jan. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- SonicWALL, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNWL), a leading secure network infrastructure company, today launched the latest version of its award-winning SonicWALL Aventail SSL VPN remote access platform. Available immediately SonicWALL Aventail 9.0 is designed to address an organization's immediate need to provide secure remote universal access to the network. It builds on the Aventail remote access control platform by enhancing features that detect the security of the end point; protect applications through unified policy and authentication; and connect users securely to applications. Enhanced functionality in SonicWALL's Aventail 9.0 includes integration with SonicWALL's GMS platform for centralized management and monitoring of multiple SonicWALL devices, updated IPsec Replacement features that lower the costs of replacing IPsec with SSL VPNs and Mac OS 10.5 Leopard support. More information can be found at http://www.sonicwall.com

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Jan. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — SonicWALL, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNWL), a leading secure network infrastructure company, today launched the latest version of its award-winning SonicWALL Aventail SSL VPN remote access platform. Available immediately SonicWALL Aventail 9.0 is designed to address an organization's immediate need to provide secure remote universal access to the network. It builds on the Aventail remote access control platform by enhancing features that detect the security of the end point; protect applications through unified policy and authentication; and connect users securely to applications. Enhanced functionality in SonicWALL's Aventail 9.0 includes integration with SonicWALL's GMS platform for centralized management and monitoring of multiple SonicWALL devices, updated IPsec Replacement features that lower the costs of replacing IPsec with SSL VPNs and Mac OS 10.5 Leopard support. More information can be found at http://www.sonicwall.com

"It was difficult to extend our IPsec VPN beyond IT-controlled site-to-site environments," said Pat Beemer, IT Manager, Seattle Lighting. "After reviewing Cisco and Microsoft Remote Access Service, SonicWALL Aventail 9.0 was our clear choice for remote access control. With fourteen retail stores and 500 people throughout the Northwest and China, Aventail provides us with secure remote access from any unmanaged device throughout our distributed management system."

SonicWALL Aventail 9.0 is the leading secure remote access solution on the market providing universal access to one gateway, a seamless end user experience and a centralized management model for all access methods including Windows, Windows Mobile, Linux, Mac and any mobile devices, managed or unmanaged, including SmartPhones and PDAs users.

Highlighted Features of the updated SonicWALL Aventail 9.0 s remote access control solution are designed to detect, protect and connect:

Detect with updated data protection: SonicWALL Aventail 9.0 has expanded its platform coverage for Aventail's Cache Cleaner for Mac OS 10.5 Leopard and Secure Desktop for full support for Microsoft IE7 and Microsoft Vista.

Protect with integrated centralized management: Along with enhancements to Aventail's licensing controls and back-end connectivity testing, SonicWALL Aventail 9.0 now integrates with the SonicWALL GMS platform. Now administrators can leverage the SonicWALL GMS platform to centrally manage and monitor Aventail appliances and multiple SonicWALL devices on one central management platform.

Connect with enhanced Aventail Smart Access and Smart Tunneling Capabilities: SonicWALL Aventail 9.0 provides IT managers with the right solution to upgrade from IPsec to SSL VPN with the market's leading transport mechanisms for remote access control and support for Mac OS 10.5 (Leopard). Static IP Assignment provides support for applications that require a one to one mapping of IP address to users.

Tunnel Fallback provides another form of high availability for tunnel connections that is on par with what many IPsec solutions provide. Network Precedence allows for the selection of the local network or the corporate network in the event of any conflicts between resources on the local network and resources on the corporate network. Terminating Existing Connections provides additional security for tunnel connections, ensuring that the device cannot be leveraged by another user/connection to access the device while the tunnel connection is active. An additional tunnel configuration option, Redirect All-Non Local, allows the administrator to specify access to resources on the local network including printers even when the connection is set to 'redirect all.'

By leading the market in ease of use, ease of policy, control, application reach, and end point security, while enabling complete reach to all network resources with an SSL-based Layer 3 tunnel, granular policy and bi-directional access controls, SonicWALL Aventail 9.0 works over any type of network connection, wired or wireless. In addition, network administrators can extend remote access to all users regardless of location. SonicWALL Aventail 9.0 maintains the market's fastest and most advanced end point checking as well as other advanced features: Advanced Reporting, Advanced Microsoft Active Directory Support, Virtual Keyboard, Device Watermarking, Quarantine Zones, End Point Control for mobile devices, simplified setup with Dynamic Groups, single sign-on (SSO) support with Dual/Stacked Authentication and Forms-Based Configuration, Session Persistence for roaming access, enhanced Citrix support, and NAT mode for Smart Tunneling that streamlines administrative support of IP address pools.

"This latest version of SonicWALL Aventail award-winning secure remote access solution is the first step in integrating Aventail into the SonicWALL family of products," said Chris Witeck, director of product marketing at SonicWALL. "SonicWALL Aventail 9.0 was specifically built for IT administrators looking for a viable IPsec Replacement strategy and round their network security infrastructure with easily-to-manage, cost-effective network security infrastructure products. Enterprises can now rely on SonicWALL's E-Class family of products for their entire security infrastructure."

Availability and Pricing

SonicWALL's Aventail 9.0 SSL VPN is available immediately through SonicWALL's worldwide channel of resellers and service providers. Pricing starts at $3,995 for 10 users on the SonicWALL Aventail EX-750, a full-featured SSL VPN appliance tailored to small to mid-sized enterprises; $9,995 for the SonicWALL Aventail EX-1600, an enterprise-class solution tailored for mid-sized enterprises; and $22,995 for the SonicWALL Aventail EX-2500, a scalable, enterprise-class solution, integrating high availability and load-balancing support.

To determine if the SonicWALL Aventail 9.0 is right for your organization, download the Stratecast whitepaper. This whitepaper addresses the wide range of security risks that organizations must consider for secure infrastructure deployments, and provides a set of benchmark criteria to help organizations find the optimal SSL VPN technology for their needs.

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 http://www.sonicwall.com/.

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 SonicWALL's SSL-VPN remote access platform and the benefits associated with the integration of Aventail 9.0 with SonicWALL GMS platform. 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, 2006, 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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