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Integrated deep inspection security and workgroup switching provides best of both worlds for small networks

London, UK – December 1, 2004 – SonicWALL, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNWL) today announced its new PRO 1260 integrated security and LAN switching appliance, which combines deep packet security, flexible switching options, ease of use and exceptional value into a unified solution ideal for small network applications.

The SonicWALL PRO 1260 from SonicWALL, a leading provider of integrated security, productivity and mobility solutions, is a total security and switching platform for small businesses and branch offices. This highly affordable appliance ships in an unrestricted node configuration and integrates support for SonicWALL’s portfolio of leading security services together with 24-port LAN switching in a single, scalable solution.

The new appliance combines deep inspection firewall, IPSec VPN, gateway anti-virus, intrusion prevention, and content filtering capabilities with a wire-speed, 24-port auto-sensing MDIX Layer 2 switch. It is available in two options, either Standard, offering an unmanaged option for straightforward networks, or Enhanced, offering comprehensive, managed switching including the ability to create custom deep inspection security zones between each of the switch ports.

“The combination of both deep inspection security and integrated switching is a compelling market offering,” said Hannah Kent, director, AIS, a SonicWALL Gold Medallion partner. “Our SMB customers will be attracted by the prospect of removing a layer of complexity from their network administration using this device, while giving them access to powerful security features such as deep packet inspection, Gateway Anti-Virus and VLAN support. The price point of the PRO 1260 brings it comfortably within the reach of the mass market.”

“Small businesses and branch offices have a lot to gain from an integrated solution that saves time and money, and can be deployed and managed without difficulty,” said Matt Medeiros, president and CEO at SonicWALL. ““All networks require security and switching, but few small businesses have access to the dedicated IT personnel needed to manage these functions. The PRO 1260 is a breakthrough networking option, which offers small businesses an exceptional level of control and flexibility.”

The PRO 1260 is offered in two versions, Standard and Advanced. For networks with more complex requirements, the PRO 1260 Enhanced integrates features such as custom security zones, traffic monitoring, and port-level configurability for duplex and speed. A fully-managed L2 switch enables users to create port-based VLAN and security services and flexible port assignments. The PRO 1260 Enhanced provides support for IGMP multicast, post mirroring and monitoring and traffic statistics reporting, and additionally supports Wireless LAN.

Designed for simple, small business networks, the PRO 1260 Standard ships with SonicWALL’s newly-released SonicOS 3.0 Standard, adding significant features such as DDNS, a streamlined Web GUI and a comprehensive suite of easy-to-use configuration and management wizards.

Every PRO 1260 comes with 30 days of SonicWALL’s Gateway Anti-Virus/Intrusion Prevention Service, Network Anti-Virus and Content Filtering Service, VoIP, and Anti-Spam for true multi-layered security.

The SonicWALL PRO 1260 Standard, priced at £815, will be available during Q4 of 2004. The SonicWALL PRO 1260 Enhanced will be available during Q1 of 2005.

Features of the SonicWALL PRO 1260 Standard include:

Powerful deep packet inspection firewall protects malicious application layer attacks, originating from either internal or external sources

Integrated gateway anti-virus and intrusion prevention support secures the network from the core to the perimeter against a comprehensive array of dynamic threats including viruses, worms, Trojans, software vulnerabilities such as buffer overflows, as well as peer-to-peer and instant messenger applications, backdoor exploits, and other malicious code

Built-in 24-port auto-MDIX Layer 2 switch allows multiple home or office computers to network together at wire-speed

Easy-to-use wizards simplify even the most complicated tasks, including initial device configuration, VPN set-up and public server configuration

Dynamic Domain Name Service (DDNS) support drastically reduces the costs associated with hosting e-mail servers, Web servers and site-to-site VPN by allowing the use of dynamic IP addresses

Comprehensive logging capabilities enable logs to be exported directly into plaintext or CSV values for help during remote troubleshooting

The optional port can be configured as a demilitarized zone (DMZ) for public facing servers or Internet resources

SonicWALL’s “system-on-a-chip” technology delivers 90 Mbps stateful packet inspection firewall and 30+ Mbps hardware-accelerated 3DES and AES VPN throughput

Advanced NAT modes offer greater control and flexibility to support and manage various NAT requirements

Award-winning Global Management System (GMS) provides comprehensive management and reporting tools for simplified configuration, enforcement and management of global security policies, VPN and services, all from a central location



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.

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 683228
Mobile: +44 (0)7775 655363
Email: paul.shlackman@writeanglecomm.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 SonicWALL’s ability to integrate LAN switching and security in a single appliance, and our abililty to create custom security zones between switch points.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. These risks include but are not limited to [XXXX]. 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, 2003 and Form 10-Q for subsequent periods, 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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