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SonicWALL Enhances Security Performance for Carriage Services
Sep 29, 2008 (08:09 AM EDT)


SUNNYVALE, Calif., Sept. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- SonicWALL, Inc. , a leading secure network infrastructure company, today announced that Carriage Services, of Houston, Texas, has implemented a high-performance virtual private network (VPN) and high-speed Unified Threat Management (UTM) by integrating SonicWALL E-Class NSA E7500 and distributed SonicWALL TZ 190 appliances.

"Before, we were running four boxes at 35-40% utilization," said Jeff Parker, manager of offsite systems for Carriage Services. "Our new E7500 is running all those services over a single box at under 20%. I see that as pretty amazing. My infrastructure's simpler, and using stateful failover, if the primary goes offline, all the VPN tunnels remain live."

To support approximately 1,000 users and 173 locations, Parker established a virtual private network (VPN) over the Internet to eliminate costs of leased point-to-point lines. With only three in-house technicians focused on network infrastructure and security, ease of deployment and management was imperative. "We reviewed Cisco and Netopia for a VPN, but unlike those, the SonicWALL solution was up and stable in twenty minutes," said Parker. "It didn't require a network guru."

Parker's challenge was in applying all of SonicWALL's protective services while retaining full network performance. For assistance, Parker turned to CITOC, a Houston-based certified provider of convergent business IT solutions. "We saw Carriage as a great candidate to pilot SonicWALL's new E-Class NSA E7500," said B.J. Farmer, president. "With its multi-core architecture and re-assembly free deep packet inspection, the E7500 lets Carriage take full advantage of SonicWALL's gateway protection, intrusion prevention and content filtering without sacrificing any performance."

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 UTM without sacrificing network throughput for high-performance network security deployed across distributed enterprise environments. The SonicWALL TZ Series integrates RFDPI, UTM, 802.11b/g secure wireless, and failover/failback into an easy, cost-effective solution for SoHo environments, remote/branch offices and WiFi campuses in distributed implementations.

Parker manages the entire VPN from a single console using the SonicWALL Global Management System (GMS). "I've got the GMS at my home, so in a disaster scenario, I can manage the entire network from there." Parker has also deployed SonicWALL Email Security to compliment Carriage's existing Microsoft solution. "It's stripping off a substantial number of spam emails per day that Microsoft wasn't catching," said Parker.

"SonicWALL has done a great job of carrying simplicity into its high end products," said Parker. "SonicWALL has given us the integrated tools to keep our systems up, keeps them running and keep our computers clean, so it's had a direct impact on our success."

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 associated with the SonicWALL NSA E7500 device and the benefits associated with the SonicWALL TZ series of devices. 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.

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.

CONTACT: Colleen Nichols, +1-408-962-6131, cnichols@sonicwall.com, orSarah London, +1-408-962-6163, , both of SonicWALL,Inc.

Web site: http://www.sonicwall.com/