The July 23 release, which features smart-phone support, comes on the heels of SonicWalls recent acquisition of Aventail, which closed July 11. SonicWall officials said the platform adds a number of advanced features designed to provide benefits in three key areas: detecting the identity and security of the endpoint, protecting applications through granular access controls, and connecting users securely to network applications.
"[One] of the reasons why SonicWall bought Aventail was to target more of the enterprise market, and we have some procedures in this product release that actually help target the enterprise market. Most noticeably the one that comes to mind is the policy replication, which makes it much easier to manage multiple boxes," said Chris Witeck, director of product marketing at SonicWall, in Sunnyvale, Calif.
The multibox management capabilities enable network managers to set remote access control policy from a single location and enforce it globally. In addition, the product features attachment blocking so users can allow others to download attachments from managed machines while blocking the download of e-mail attachments by unmanaged machines.
The new product supports both smart phones and PDAs, securing access from devices running Windows, Windows Mobile and Linux.
"Smart-phone support is something that enhances or differentiates [the product]," Witeck said.
The platform will be available in August, and will start at a price of $3,995 for the SonicWall Aventail EX-750, a full-featured SSL VPN appliance tailored to small and midsize enterprises. The SonicWall Aventail EX-1600, for midsize businesses, will be priced at $9,995, and SonicWall Aventail EX-2500, the enterprise-class version of the product, will cost $22,995.
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