SonicWALL Positioned in the Visionaries Quadrant of the Magic Quadrant for SSL VPNs

Evaluation Based on Completeness of Vision and Ability to Execute

Jan 12, 2010, 09:00 ET from SonicWALL, Inc.

SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- SonicWALL, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNWL), a leading secure network infrastructure company, today announced it has been positioned by Gartner, Inc. in the Visionaries quadrant of the "Magic Quadrant for SSL VPNs."(1) This validation underscores SonicWALL E-Class Aventail SSL VPN appliances as the answer to the secure remote access needs of today's increasingly mobile enterprise. These appliances increase productivity by being easy-to-use, and by reducing IT overhead costs by being easy-to-manage while enforcing granular control.

"We consider our positioning in the "Visionaries" quadrant by Gartner as confirmation of our mission to enable customers to easily and securely access the corporate network while away from the office and improve business performance," said Chris Witeck, Director, Product Market with SonicWALL. "We continue to innovate while we execute on our product roadmap. With each firmware release for the SonicWALL Aventail E-Class SSL VPN series line, we strive to deliver to the mobile workforce easy access to key applications and resources while also providing network administrators with the granular security they need to ensure network integrity. It is through these improvements to each firmware release that we believe will also enhance our market position."

According to the report, "Visionaries invest in the leading-edge or 'bleeding edge' features that will be significant in next-generation products, and will give buyers early access to improved security and management. Visionaries can affect the course of technological developments in the market, but they lack the execution influence to outmaneuver challengers and leaders. Buyers pick visionaries for best-of-breed features, and for broader network infrastructure investments than niche players. Buyers may obtain more personal attention. Visionaries may take risks on potentially disruptive technologies, and often, they do this without the financial reserves of a leader or challenger. Buyers of visionary products may base their selection on specific technology features and by participating in the vendor's road map plans."

SonicWALL Aventail E-Class SSL VPNs offer the mobile workforce access to key applications and resources from anywhere, with unmatched granular security. E-Class SRA EX7000, EX6000 and EX-750 appliances are engineered to detect the identity and integrity of the endpoint device, protect enterprise resources with granular policy control and connect authorized users easily to mission-critical applications over all leading platforms from all leading devices. Easy to use and easy to control, E-Class SRA provides a single enterprise-class solution for remote access, extranets, mobility, wireless, disaster recovery, policy control and Network Access Control (NAC).

About the Magic Quadrant

The Magic Quadrant is copyrighted 2009 by Gartner, Inc. and is reused with permission. The Magic Quadrant is a graphical representation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It depicts Gartner's analysis of how certain vendors measure against criteria for that marketplace, as defined by Gartner. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in the Magic Quadrant, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors placed in the "Leaders" quadrant. The Magic Quadrant is intended solely as a research tool, and is not meant to be a specific guide to action. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

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 VPNs, Email Security and Continuous Data Protection that collectively ensure robust, secure network protection. For more information, visit the company web site at

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 E-Class SSL-VPN solutions. 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, 2008, 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.

(1) Gartner "Magic Quadrant for SSL VPNs " by John Girard, December 15, 2009.