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January 14, 2009

SonicWall brings UTM to the masses

SonicWall Inc is to bring unified threat management within reach of the smallest of businesses with an appliance that will have a price tag of less than $1,000.

By Jason Stamper

The TZ 210 series provides a 50 Mbps security engine and automated failover/failback capabilities. It also includes Gigabit Ethernet WAN and LAN ports and optional 802.11n ports to secure wireless communications.

“Internet service providers are offering small businesses broadband speeds comparable to those available to large enterprises at affordable prices and today’s UTM appliances simply cannot keep up” the company noted in a statement.

The appliance contains an inspection firewall to secure Web, email, file transfer, Windows services and DNS, alongside which sits a gateway anti-virus, anti-spyware, anti-spam and intrusion prevention systems. The box is built around the hardened SonicOS.

The TZ Series is designed with the needs of small and medium sized businesses in mind, with various models in the series capable of running increasing numbers of sessions. The appliances would also suit deployment in large enterprises at the remote and branch office level, or in retail and point-of-sale areas.

At the enterprise level, SonicWall has also moved to update its remote access control appliance.

The Aventail E-Class SRA extends one of the flagship product lines it acquired though the takeover of SSL-Virtual Private Network systems supplier of Aventail in 2007.

The SSL-based system runs end-point security assessments at log-in and at regular intervals, and improves the overall level of user monitoring that can be achieved using the appliance.

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Cross-platform support has also been extended so that secure tunnels can be deployed to Macintosh and Linux end points, making it even easier to upgrade away from IPSec-based virtual private networks.

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