SonicWALL boosts Network Efficiency

SonicWALL announced the availability of WAN Acceleration in SonicOS 5.8.1, further enhancing the capabilities of the current SonicWALL Next-Generation Firewall (NGFW) Series and introducing integrated support for the SonicWALL WAN Acceleration Appliance (WXA) Series.

SonicWALL’s commitment to continued investment in its NGFW series and to providing its customers with a highly secure, accelerated and optimized network that drives business and employee efficiency.  The delivery of SonicOS 5.8.1 bolsters SonicWALL’s consolidated security platform and tightly integrates features like application intelligence, control and visualization and deep packet inspection scanning with the WXA Series to provide WAN optimization and acceleration for the distributed enterprise. The WAN acceleration is seamlessly built into the existing SonicOS user interface, self-discovers and allows system administrators to easily leverage the new and advanced features.

Additional new features offered by SonicOS 5.8.1 enhance application intelligence and security features in SonicWALL firewalls. The new capability to use IP reputation data to block communication with suspected botnet command and control centers allows administrators to reduce the risk of having potentially compromised hosts on their network participate in spam or DDoS attacks. Administrators can further reduce the risk of data theft or attacks by controlling traffic access by geography or blocking of traffic from unknown locations.

“As the data that businesses transmit on their networks grows exponentially, so does the need to increase the efficiency of firewall protection. The introduction of SonicOS 5.8.1 further enhances SonicWALL’s NGFW offering and improves bandwidth capability, while protecting against intrusions and malware attacks,” said Patrick Sweeney, vice president product management and corporate marketing at SonicWALL.

The SonicWALL Network Efficiencies Solution is a tightly integrated security and WAN Acceleration solution. It integrates SonicWALL Application Intelligence and Control and SonicWALL Deep Packet Inspection with the WXA Series and enables businesses to better manage their bandwidth to accelerate business critical applications. Corporations can consolidate features for application intelligence and control, DPI scanning, WAN Acceleration and VPN into a single interface. This can help companies save on IT management costs, reduce the amount of data being sent between corporate and remote offices and drive profitability.