New York School District Saves Thousands by Centrally Consolidating Wireless Devices With SonicWALL

SonicWALL Clean Wireless Solution Secures Penn Yan Academy's WLAN

Jan 26, 2010, 09:00 ET from SonicWALL, Inc.

SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- SonicWALL, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNWL), a leading secure network infrastructure company, today announced that Penn Yan Central School District has successfully deployed a SonicWALL® Clean Wireless™ solution to upgrade the wireless local area network (WLAN) at its campus-wide facility as part of a $30 million capital renovation project.

"SonicWALL's content filtering is as robust as Websense in helping us comply with the Child Internet Protection Act, but at a fraction of the cost," said Chuck Roach, Director of Technology at Penn Yan Central School District. "We were paying about $15,000 a year for licensing the Websense and the ISA server, while SonicWALL gives us gateway content filtering plus intrusion prevention, anti-virus, anti-spam, and application firewall for about $2,500 a year. The first year alone will pay for the hardware, and we will be saving every year after that. It was a no-brainer."

Penn Yan Central School District provides K-12 and adult education for over 2,000 students in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. On average, from 300 to 500 individuals log in to the district's network at any given time. Previously, the district had deployed a Microsoft® ISA server as a firewall while Websense® provided content filtering. The high school also deployed randomly placed disparate wireless routers, including D-Link® and NETGEAR® devices.

Roach chose to deploy a SonicWALL Clean Wireless solution, comprised of a SonicWALL E-Class Network Security Appliance (NSA) E5500 and SonicPoint-N access point devices.

"Our old ISA firewall was susceptible to failures and missed updates," said Roach. "The NSA eliminated those worries and gave us a more solid platform along with high availability."

The innovative dual protection of the SonicWALL Clean Wireless solution goes beyond other secure wireless solutions by using high-speed Reassembly-Free Deep Packet Inspection (RFDPI) and Unified Threat Management (UTM) to make the Penn Yan wireless network as secure as its wired network. Clean Wireless secures the district's wireless network by encrypting wireless traffic and decontaminating it from network threats over a high-speed 802.11n wireless network. At the same time, it comprehensively cleans the traffic to protect the WLAN from viruses, spyware and other attacks.

Roach had initially considered a Cisco® wireless approach.

"I did a double take when I saw the amount of dollars it would cost us to go with Cisco for just one building," said Roach. "Then I began learning more about the advantages of using SonicWALL for a wireless solution."

The SonicWALL E-Class NSA E5500 provides Penn Yan with a high performance, multi-service, UTM security platform. Combining SonicWALL's RFDPI engine with 8-core parallel processing architecture, the NSA E5500 delivers exceptional protection and performance for the enterprise network environment. Roach implemented the SonicWALL Comprehensive Gateway Security Suite (CGSS), featuring Gateway Anti-Virus, Anti-Spyware, Intrusion Prevention Service, Application Firewall, and Content Filtering. SonicWALL SonicPoint-N access point devices combine 802.11n and 802.11a/b/g wireless management with the NSA E5500, enabling Roach to flexibly extend comprehensive security across his entire wireless network.

About SonicWALL, Inc.

SonicWALL, Inc. the leader in network security, focuses on developing solutions that remove the cost and complexity out of managing a secure network environment. With over one million award-winning appliances shipped through its global network of ten thousand channel partners, SonicWALL provides end-to-end solutions including Firewalls, SSL VPN's, Email Security and Continuous Data Protection that collectively ensure robust, secure network protection. For more information, visit the company web site at

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