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Sunday, April 08, 2007 - Dubai

SonicWall Unit Shipments Pass the Million Mark

Protecting tens of millions of users, SonicWALL appliances help companies all over the globe to strengthen their network defenses

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Shahnawaz sheikh sonicwall regional sales manager   mea

SonicWALL Inc., today celebrated the shipment of one million units of its appliance based solutions in network security, email security, secure remote access and data backup and recovery markets. These solutions are helping tens of millions of users worldwide protect their data from Internet-delivered threats. SonicWALL products, services and software are distributed through its international network of approximately 10,000 channel partners.

“Our company strategy is predicated on the success of our channel partners, without whom we would not be celebrating this achievement,” said Shahnawaz Sheikh, SonicWALL regional sales manager Middle East and Africa (MEA). “SonicWALL recognized early on that, to serve the unmet security needs of small and mid-tier businesses, a dedicated channel strategy was required. This dedication to our channel partners remains a core company strategy today, affecting every area of our operation. Reaching an installed base of one million units demonstrates the vitality of our strategy, for the channel and end-users, of creating purpose-built products that are simple to install, use and manage.”

“SonicWALL has supported our business by helping us to solve complex IT problems with easily managed, effective security and dynamic network services,” said Vijayan K Raman Managing Director at Emtech, a SonicWALL Gold Medallion partner. “Our customers are not IT specialists, so they look to us for guidance on their network needs, and we recommend SonicWALL as their security solution. To date, Emtech has installed over 400 SonicWALL units for customers throughout the UAE.”

SonicWALL’s network security, email security and content management appliances are all designed to ‘phone home’ with data on emerging Internet threats. These devices form a global sensing network, delivering unique information to the company’s threat prevention databases and supporting SonicWALL’s ongoing improvement of its defenses against the malware environment.

“Raqmiyat has been working with SonicWALL since 2005 on a variety of clients in the Corporate and Private sectors including retail, manufacturing, distribution, banking, hospitality and education” said Sandeep Saxena, AVP-Technology Solutions at Raqmiyat, a leading IT systems integrator in the UAE. “With an installed base covering wide portfolio of Sonicwall solutions, we are looking forward to continuing a legacy of superior product and service delivery to the local market.”

“The SonicWALL dynamic security environment enhances our capabilities as our user base grows,” added Sheikh. “The more we ship, the more we strengthen the defenses our solutions deliver, and the more we demonstrate the real benefit of dynamically updated network protection in today’s business environment.”

SonicWALL is a leader in delivering high-performance, easily managed dynamic security solutions for businesses of all sizes, including an innovative set of wireless offerings such as its Secure Distributed Wireless solution, winner of the 2007 SC Magazine award. Over the past three years, SonicWALL has diversified its solutions beyond its firewall VPN family, adding SSL-VPN remote access, data backup and recovery and email security to its product portfolio. SonicWALL devices can be managed from a single location using SonicWALL Global Management System software, which enables streamlined management of distributed security networks for IT administrators and managed services providers. Today, GMS is used worldwide to manage networks of thousands of SonicWALL units.

Charles Kolodgy, senior analyst at IDC who is credited with the creation of the UTM category, commented, “SonicWALL took an early lead in delivering comprehensive gateway threat prevention technology to businesses of all sizes, and the company is now recognized as a global force in UTM. The potential of SonicWALL’s value innovation approach – making technologies, previously restricted to enterprise, available to a broader market – has been demonstrated over and over again, not least by the company’s achievement of an installed base of one million units.”

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