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New features of SonicOS 2.5 firmware open wide range of easily-managed VPN options for TZ 170 and PRO series security gateways

London, UK – August 4, 2004 – SonicWALL, Inc., a leading provider of integrated security, productivity and mobility solutions, today announced the general release of the latest version of its operating system, SonicOS 2.5, which delivers greatly enhanced VoIP, intrusion prevention, multimedia, wireless, and secure VPN deployment capabilities.

SonicOS 2.5 interoperates with a wide range of third-party VoIP equipment including Cisco, Mitel, Pingtel, Grandstream, Polycom, D-Link, Pulver, Apple iChat, and ‘softphones’ from Yahoo, Microsoft, Ubiquity, and OpenPhone. It also provides substantially expanded multimedia options through full stateful IGMP multicast support and inbound bandwidth management features, which enable SonicWALL devices to process multimedia applications within a dynamic infrastructure. Additionally, SonicOS 2.5 offers wireless extensions supporting SonicWALL’s recently announced Distributed Wireless Solution for distributed wireless LANs.

SonicOS 2.5’s new transparent mode enables SonicWALL devices to be deployed easily and operate seamlessly within existing network infrastructures, irrespective of vendor, and includes policy-based routing, expanded logging, and multiple group VPN connectors.

“SonicOS 2.5 brings advanced capabilities within the grasp of the pragmatist market,” said Jamie Stapleton, vice president of Computer Business Solutions. “Our customers want to deploy advanced features such as wireless access, intrusion prevention, multimedia and even VoIP in a secure, simple and affordable way within their existing networks, and with SonicOS 2.5 this becomes possible. We believe this enhanced version of the firmware delivers a substantial added value to the SonicWALL range.”

“SonicOS 2.5 represents a significant advance in the level of secure network capabilities we can offer while still maintaining our focus on ease of use and affordability,” said Douglas Brockett, vice president of worldwide marketing at SonicWALL. “It enables network administrators to respond quickly to user demand for new technologies and features such as VoIP or multimedia, and deploy them without compromising budgets or security.”

The VPN

Features of SonicOS2.5 Enhanced and SonicOS 2.5 Standard include:

Enhanced VoIP support: adds broader support for third-party VoIP equipment including Cisco, Mitel, Pingtel, Grandstream, Polycom, D-Link, Pulver, Apple iChat, and ‘softphones’ from Yahoo, Microsoft, Ubiquity, and OpenPhone

Full stateful IGMP multicast support: tracks and allows/deny multicast traffic, with support for IGMPv1, IGMPv2, and IGMPv3

Support for SonicWALL Intrusion Prevention Service (IPS): allows high-speed bi-directional intrusion detection and prevention for all zones/interfaces on the device.

Policy-based routing: enables the creation of extended static routes that match against source, service, and destination

Wireless extensions (distributed WLAN): terminates wireless clients using SonicWALL SonicPoint wireless access devices, provides wireless guest services (WGS), secure wireless roaming, and wireless intrusion detection correlation

Transparent mode: bridges WAN-side IP addresses/subnets onto a specified internal interface, including the LAN zone interface

Expanded logging: includes selectable logging and alert levels

Expanded IP protocol support for security policies: supports additional IP types (IGRE, ESP, AH, EIGRP, OSPF, PIMSM, L2TP), as well as specifies ICMP/IGMP subtypes when creating customised firewall service objects

Inbound bandwidth management: enables ingress and egress bandwidth management for traffic passing through the WAN interfaces, on a per-rule basis.

Hardware failover enhancements: automatically synchronises the firmware between the primary and back-up SonicWALL devices

Flexible VPN termination: terminate incoming site-to-site VPN connections on any interface.

Interoperability enhancements: implements traffic based DPD, NAT-Tv03 and DHCP over VPN improvements.

Multiple group VPN connectors: allows the creation of separate, customised group policies for each zone.

Performance enhancements: offloads many cryptographic functions directly to the security co-processors, performs asynchronous flash writes, and adds pagination for large tables in UI.

VPN display pagination: easier management of large tables.

SonicOS 2.5 is available immediately for SonicWALL’s PRO and TZ 170 series security appliances.

About SonicWALL, Inc.
SonicWALL, Inc. is a leading provider of integrated network security, mobility, and productivity solutions for the SMB, enterprise, e-commerce, education, healthcare, retail/point-of-sale, and government markets. Core technologies include firewall, VPN, wireless, intrusion detection and prevention, SSL, anti-virus, and content filtering, along with award-winning security management solutions. Together, these products and technologies provide the most comprehensive distributed enforcement 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.


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For Additional Information Contact:

Katy Sutcliffe
Marketing Manager
SonicWALL UK, Middle East & Africa
Tel: +44 (0)1344 668090
Email: ksutcliffe@sonicwall.com

Paul Shlackman
Write Angle Communications
Tel: +44 (0)1276 34905
Mobile: +44 (0)7775 655363
Email: paul.shlackman@writeanglecomm.com

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