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SonicWALL Delivers Flexible High-Performance Threat Management for ZirMed

Healthcare Revenue Management Service Provider Chooses SonicWALL to Satisfy Business Need for Flexible UTM Configuration

SUNNYVALE, Calif., March 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- SonicWALL, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNWL), a leading secure network infrastructure company, today announced that ZirMed, Inc., a leader in revenue cycle management solutions for healthcare providers based in Louisville, Kentucky, has implemented a SonicWALL(R) E-Class NSA E6500 appliance to provide flexible high-speed gateway firewall protection at its corporate data center.

Prior to SonicWALL's release of its next-generation E-Class high-performance network security appliances, ZirMed's growth had begun to reach the intended capacity of its existing SonicWALL PRO 5060 gateway firewall.

"I looked at competitive offerings and bought a device from another vendor," said Chris Schremser, ZirMed CTO. However, Schremser never deployed the competitor's firewall into production. "Quickly, I discovered that the other provider's device did not offer us the same flexibility or clean management I had come accustomed to with SonicWALL. I sold the device on-line and waited for the SonicWALL NSA E-Class series to come out," said Schremser.

Schremser then upgraded his data center gateway firewall to a SonicWALL E-Class NSA E6500. "The E6500 gives us high-performance UTM while still allowing the utmost flexibility in shaping and routing our traffic, which is incredibly important to us." As a result, Schremser avoided a cumbersome and costly workaround to retain core functionality while meeting ZirMed's business objectives. "I easily exported my original configuration to the E6500 and it just worked," said Schremser.

Schremser sees his greatest benefit in being able to run full UTM without degrading performance. "Running all UTM services, we're only using 15% of the appliance's first three CPUs even during peak times, and the other 13 processor cores aren't even being touched," said Schremser.

Schremser has not traded flexibility and performance for security. ZirMed supports VPN tunnels with some of the insurance industry's largest carriers over the E6500. "I know my firewall is doing what it's supposed to be doing, routinely blocking potential SQL injection attacks or bad code trying to get in through the SMTP gateway." As a healthcare technology services provider that relies on credit card transactions, ZirMed is especially concerned about compliance with HIPAA and PCI regulations. "The E6500 lets us add as many layers of prevention that we possibly can," said Schremser.

"My CEO expects 100% annual growth," says Schremser. "Just performing above the rest is not good enough. We have to perform exceptionally." As ZirMed has grown and added locations, Schremser has deployed SonicWALL Unified Threat Management (UTM) appliances at each site. "UTM not only protects us against malicious external threats," said Schremser. "It also protects us from unintentional internal threats, like a user plugging a virus-infected laptop into the network."

About SonicWALL, Inc.

SonicWALL is committed to improving the performance and productivity of businesses of all sizes by engineering the cost and complexity out of running a secure network. Over one million SonicWALL appliances have been shipped through its global network of ten thousand channel partners to keep tens of millions of worldwide business computer users safe and in control of their data. SonicWALL's award-winning solutions include network security, secure remote access, content security, backup and recovery, and policy and management technology. 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 benefits of the NSA E6500 UTM devices and our ability to protect against both malicious external and unintentional internal threats. 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, 2007, 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.

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