SonicWALL Brings High-Performance UTM to the SMB Market

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With the Launch of the TZ 210 Series, SonicWALL shows it can deliver enterprise-class performance for under a $1,000.

Pity the typical small business, an entity that must face enterprise-level security threats with an almost nonexistent budget. Most businesses have turned to the brute force method of deep packet inspection and unified threat management (UTM) services to combat those ever evolving threats. But, there is a big problem with that approach; brute force requires brute strength and most SMB UTM appliances lack that strength. This leaves small businesses ill equipped to dam the swelling tide of internet-borne threats such as worms, malware and spam.

SonicWALL has taken pity on those potential victims and has introduced the TZ 210 series of UTM appliances, which promises to stem the tide of security threats for the SMB environment. Starting at under $1,000, the TZ 210 has the potential to become the 800-pound gorilla of the channel security market. The device does much more than the "consumer level" products that have permeated the SMB market, while bringing an enterprise-level features that challenges the giants of enterprise security – Cisco Systems, F5 Networks, and Juniper Networks.


What’s more, SonicWALL has added 802.11n, stateless failover and bundled VPN clients to the TZ 210 series, which elevates the device to much more than just a UTM appliance and makes the TZ 210 series a good fit for branch offices.

A business can get the basic TZ 210 for just $899, but most should consider the TZ 210 Wireless-N Total Secure, which is at the pinnacle of SonicWALL’s TZ security appliances. That top of the heap unit offers most anything a small business could need security wise, including one year of SonicWALL’s comprehensive Gateway Security Suite. The TZ 210 Wireless-N Total Secure retails for $1,395, a significant jump in price when compared to the entry-level unit, but a qualified bargain when one considers the added features of 802.11n and Gateway Security.

Frank Ohlhorst Frank J. Ohlhorst is the Executive Technology Editor for eWeek Channel Insider and brings with him over 20 years of experience in the Information Technology field.He began his career as a network administrator and applications program in the private sector for two years before joining a computer consulting firm as a programmer analyst. In 1988 Frank founded a computer consulting company, which specialized in network design, implementation, and support, along with custom accounting applications developed in a variety of programming languages.In 1991, Frank took a position with the United States Department of Energy as a Network Manager for multiple DOE Area Offices with locations at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPL), Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), FermiLAB and the Ames Area Office (AMESAO). Frank's duties included managing the site networks, associated staff and the inter-network links between the area offices. He also served at the Computer Security Officer (CSO) for multiple DOE sites. Frank joined CMP Technology's Channel group in 1999 as a Technical Editor assigned to the CRN Test Center, within a year, Frank became the Senior Technical Editor, and was responsible for designing product testing methodologies, assigning product reviews, roundups and bakeoffs to the CRN Test Center staff.In 2003, Frank was named Technology Editor of CRN. In that capacity, he ensured that CRN maintained a clearer focus on technology and increased the integration of the Test Center's review content into both CRN's print and web properties. He also contributed to Netseminar's, hosted sessions at CMP's Xchange Channel trade shows and helped to develop new methods of content delivery, Such as CRN-TV.In September of 2004, Frank became the Director of the CRN Test Center and was charged with increasing the Test Center's contributions to CMP's Channel Web online presence and CMP's latest monthly publication, Digital Connect, a magazine geared towards the home integrator. He also continued to contribute to CMP's Netseminar series, Xchange events, industry conferences and CRN-TV.In January of 2007, CMP Launched CRNtech, a monthly publication focused on technology for the channel, with a mailed audience of 70,000 qualified readers. Frank was instrumental in the development and design of CRNTech and was the editorial director of the publication as well as its primary contributor. He also maintained the edit calendar, and hosted quarterly CRNTech Live events.In June 2007, Frank was named Senior Technology Analyst and became responsible for the technical focus and edit calendars of all the Channel Group's publications, including CRN, CRNTech, and VARBusiness, along with the Channel Group's specialized publications Solutions Inc., Government VAR, TechBuilder and various custom publications. Frank joined Ziff Davis Enterprise in September of 2007 and focuses on creating editorial content geared towards the purveyors of Information Technology products and services. Frank writes comparative reviews, channel analysis pieces and participates in many of Ziff Davis Enterprise's tradeshows and webinars. He has received several awards for his writing and editing, including back to back best review of the year awards, and a president's award for CRN-TV. Frank speaks at many industry conferences, is a contributor to several IT Books, holds several records for online hits and has several industry certifications, including Novell's CNE, Microsoft's MCP.Frank can be reached at frank.ohlhorst@ziffdavisenterprise.com

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