SonicWall brings convergence to wireless networks
- 09 July, 2004 15:03
Network security vendor, SonicWall, is promising to help service integrators coordinate and secure wireless networks through the launch of its latest wireless product solution.
SonicWall product line manager, Jon Kuhn, said one of the biggest challenges resellers of wireless services faced is how best to deploy a secure, seamless wireless solution incorporating multiple access points.
“How to configure these points is a big question for resellers,” he said.
The new SonicWall Distributed Wireless Solution overcomes this problem by auto provisioning to a company’s existing fixed network, Kuhn said. The product will automatically detect which network software to download, as well as the required network configurations and encryption standards and run in conjunction with a company’s existing infrastructure.
Users can then manage the wireless network from a central location using the built-in global management system.
The Distributed Wireless Solution is based on IPSec VPN security, and features rogue access point and intrusion detection technology. The solution runs on SonicWall’s SonicOS 2.5 operating system across SonicPoint 802.11a/b/g wireless access terminals.
SonicWall regional sales director, Tim Dickinson, said the company’s primary aim was to offer all of its wireless applications across the one distributed wireless service.
For example, users could choose to run content filtering applications across the solution to provide limited guest Internet access across the network.
“Resellers and end-users are looking to integrated security appliances … [there is] increasing market demand for integrated network security appliances to bring together wireless, security and firewall into one place,” Kuhn said. Dickinson said SonicWall was now holding roadshows in Australia and New Zealand to educate its partners about the Distributed Wireless Solution.
The company is also offering online training for its 30 gold and silver medallion partners.
“We want to maximise the capabilities resellers have with our products so they can utilise all of the features on offer,” Dickinson said.
SonicWall aimed to push the new wireless solution into a range of vertical markets, including the medical, health and education sectors, he said.