SUNNYVALE, Calif., Oct. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- SonicWALL, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNWL), a leading secure network infrastructure company, today announced that Cedarville University, an accredited Baptist university of arts, sciences, professional and graduate programs in southwestern Ohio, has implemented SonicWALL(R) E-Class NSA E7500 firewalls to provide high-speed gateway firewall protection for over 3,000 of its college students, staff and faculty.
SUNNYVALE, Calif., Oct. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — SonicWALL, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNWL), a leading secure network infrastructure company, today announced that Cedarville University, an accredited Baptist university of arts, sciences, professional and graduate programs in southwestern Ohio, has implemented SonicWALL(R) E-Class NSA E7500 firewalls to provide high-speed gateway firewall protection for over 3,000 of its college students, staff and faculty.
Like many universities, Cedarville is challenged with the rapid pace of emerging technology, and the potential bandwidth consuming threats to university resources posed by viruses and other malware, as well as peer-to-peer software used to illegally download music and videos. Cedarville needed a high-performance gateway solution for traffic between the campus network and the Internet, without sacrificing performance.
"We support one active port per pillow," said Hay, "with about 2,500 PCs in dorm rooms alone. Most of the traffic is Web browsing or off-campus access to our network, like people checking email from home."
To deliver the performance Cedarville required, Hay sought the advice of Cerdant, a SonicWALL Gold Medallion Partner based in Dublin, Ohio, supporting over 800 customers in 20 states. "The challenges to network security for universities are often much greater than for other businesses," said Mike Johnson, President for Cerdant. "The threats most often come from within."
"Cerdant's been very responsive to our needs," said Hay. "They really know what they're doing."
To meet Cedarville's demanding standards and growing needs, Cerdant recommended a managed solution implementing a pair of SonicWALL(R) E-Class Network Security Appliance (NSA) E7500 devices, configured in high- availability mode for automatic failover.
"The big thing I've noticed with the E7500 is all the unwanted peer-to- peer traffic that is getting dropped," says Nathan Hay, network engineer. "We're only running at 30% or lower utilization even in full swing. That should make a big difference when we go from a 90 Mbps to a 150 Mbps internet pipe in the fall."
The SonicWALL E-Class NSA Series features the industry's first network security appliances to perform Reassembly-Free Deep Packet Inspection (RFDPI) over specialized multi-core processors, delivering comprehensive state-of-the- art Unified Threat Management without sacrificing network throughput. SonicWALL's flagship E7500 is designed to be the most scalable, reliable, and highly performing multifunction threat appliance in its class, using parallel performance 16-core architecture for unprecedented ultra-high-speed threat protection, reliability and scalability.
"I know what we see in the logs," said Johnson. "Every single day, the E7500 is stopping hundreds of events from getting through, from viruses to bandwidth-clogging attachments."
The E7500's customizable tools add precise control and inspection of enterprise network traffic. "The packet capturing is particularly helpful," said Hay. "Our library system is managed by a third party, and when issues arise, it helps us troubleshoot problems and avoid finger pointing."
"We really liked the VPN connectivity from the E7500," said Hay. "Our Computer Services department especially uses that pretty heavily." The E7500 features IPSec VPN functionality for secure point-to-point remote access. SonicWALL also offer SonicWALL Aventail(R) E-Class Secure Remote Access (SRA) and SonicWALL SSL VPN SRA for SMB solutions.
"Bottom line, what Cedarville needs from their security is performance," said Johnson, "and that's what SonicWALL delivered."
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/.
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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 associated with the SonicWALL E-Class NSA Series and the E7500 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.
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