London, UK – February 24, 2003 – SonicWALL, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNWL), a leader in comprehensive Internet security solutions, today announced a contract to supply BT with products from its market leading range of firewall appliances. The SonicWALL products will form BT’s entry-level firewall offering to its web hosting customers.
BT will deploy three appliances from the SonicWALL range - SOHO3, PRO 330 and GX 250 – which will perform a variety of functions. Some will form a second line of defence between a customer’s private network and their hosted solution within the Internet data centre. Others will be used as extra protection between a customer’s web server and their database server. Customers will also have the option to choose a SonicWALL as their front-end firewall between a web server or database cluster and the Internet. On occasion, a SonicWALL unit may also be used in a masking capacity behind a customer’s existing firewall for additional security.
“The hosting market has changed dramatically in the past twelve to eighteen months but security remains top of business’ priority lists,” said Andy Weller, product manager for applications hosting at BT Ignite, BT’s business services and solutions division. “The addition of SonicWALL’s entry-level firewalls into our hosting portfolio strengthens our security offering and enables us to offer customers greater choice.”
“Today’s announcement is formal recognition for what we have achieved in conjunction with our partners Fairbridge Communications and Tekdata over the past year,” said Harry Gostling, UK country manager at SonicWALL. “We are thrilled to be joining the BT product portfolio as the firewall of choice for the more budget conscious content hosting customers.”
Management and reporting for the SonicWALL units will be provided by Harrogate-based network integrator Fairbridge Communications. Services associated with the firewall, such as configuration, PKI authentication, detecting and responding to intrusions will be provided remotely using Global Management System (GMS), SonicWALL’s remote management platform.
“For two years Fairbridge has provided BT with its managed SonicWALL Firewall Service on an adhoc basis, said Mark Carver, Services Director for Fairbridge Communications. We are delighted that this relationship has been extended, and look forward to managing, monitoring and reporting on BT’s firewalls on a contractual basis.
“This is an exciting contract for Fairbridge,” he added, “which further enhances our reputation as a SonicWALL Gold Medallion Partner and for our SonicWALL managed firewalls services offering. To have someone of BT’s calibre and standing using our services has obvious benefits.”
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About Fairbridge Communications
Formed in June 1996, Fairbridge Communications Ltd are a privately owned company operating across the UK from their Head Office based in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. The company’s aim is to provide cost effective, market leading communications solutions based around the Internet Protocol. These respond to the continually evolving demands placed on modern businesses. Fairbridge Communications have established an enviable reputation in the industry for being both profitable and successful. Ranked as ‘one of the fastest growing technology companies’ in the Sunday Times Tech Track 100, 2001. The company’s credibility is further reflected by the fact that they have developed relationships to work with some of the UK’s largest ISP’s, mobile providers and hardware manufacturers.
About SonicWALL, Inc.
SonicWALL, Inc. is the leading provider of integrated Internet security appliances offering access security, transaction security and security services for the enterprise, e-commerce, SME, education and government markets. Core technologies include firewall, VPN, SSL, high availability, anti-virus, strong authentication with digital certificates, vulnerability assessment and content filtering. Together, these products and technologies provide the most comprehensive Distributed Security Architecture available. SonicWALL, Inc. is headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA. SonicWALL trades on the NASDAQ exchange under the symbol SNWL. For more information, contact SonicWALL at +44 (0)1344 668090 or visit the company Web site at http://www.sonicwall.com
About BT Ignite
BT Ignite is BT’s business services and solutions division, serving customers worldwide. As an information and communications technology service provider, BT Ignite provides integrated data and value-added services to meet the European needs of global multi-site corporates and the global needs of European corporates.
BT’s extensive global network and strong strategic partnerships enable BT Ignite to serve customers in all key commercial centres of Europe, North America and Asia. The BT Ignite portfolio ranges from desktop and network equipment and software, transport and connectivity, IP-based e-business solutions, managed network services and systems integration to consultancy for complex global requirements.
With 17 years of experience in global account management, BT Ignite has 50 per cent of people based outside the UK, serving large business customers worldwide.
Further information is available at http://www.btignite.com
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