SonicWall Launches Cloud-Based Anti-spam Service

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The security appliance vendor’s new Comprehensive Anti-Spam Service is a hybrid model in which on-premise traffic inspection is verified and coordinated with a cloud-based service. The service launch coincides with the release of two new appliances, TZ100 and TZ200 series.

Security appliance vendor SonicWall is wading into cloud computing with a new hybrid service that provides remotely delivered anti-spam and malicious content protection that’s integrated with its Generation 5 firewalls and unified threat management (UTM) devices.

The SonicWALL Comprehensive Anti-Spam Service will be sold as an annual subscription-based service through authorized solution providers. Inspection of traffic for spam, phishing attacks, viruses and malicious Websites is done by the on-premise appliance that interacts in real time with the cloud-based service for correlation and updates.

The anti-spam service, which includes SonicWall’s anti-virus software and services, is designed to work with all existing Generation 5 firewalls, as well as new TZ100 and TZ200 UTM devices. SonicWall says the compatibility with equipment already in use will make for easier adoption and faster ROI for customers.

"The customer doesn’t need an extra appliance. It’s really quite easy to configure and use," says Ted Hulsy, senior manager of channel marketing at SonicWall.

SonicWall will sell the service through its distribution partners. Solution providers will be able to buy one-, two- and three-year subscriptions for resale. Official pricing is unavailable, but the early estimate is basic subscriptions will start at $2 to $3 per seat per month. Hulsy says margin structure to resellers will mirror that of existing SonicWall hardware.

The anti-spam service will compete with offerings by Symantec (Brightmail and MessageLabs), Google (Postini), McAfee, Trend Micro, AppRiver and Panda Security. Most existing e-mail security and anti-spam services are delivered entirely as a cloud-based service in which traffic is diverted to the service provider’s data center for inspection before being passed to the end domain.

Partner program information and materials about the SonicWall hybrid cloud-based service are being released to partners this week. The service will become generally available July 13.

The launch of the new anti-spam service coincides with the release of the new TZ100 and TZ200 series UTM appliances. The new UTMs are designed for SOHOs, SMB and branch office environments. They feature faster traffic throughput, lower operating costs and new 3G analog failover for remote management and recovery.

Lawrence Walsh Lawrence Walsh is editor of Baseline magazine, overseeing print and online editorial content and the strategic direction of the publication. He is also a regular columnist for Ziff Davis Enterprise's Channel Insider. Mr. Walsh is well versed in IT technology and issues, and he is an expert in IT security technologies and policies, managed services, business intelligence software and IT reseller channels. An award-winning journalist, Mr. Walsh has served as editor of CMP Technology's VARBusiness and GovernmentVAR magazines, and TechTarget's Information Security magazine. He has written hundreds of articles, analyses and commentaries on the development of reseller businesses, the IT marketplace and managed services, as well as information security policy, strategy and technology. Prior to his magazine career, Mr. Walsh was a newspaper editor and reporter, having held editorial positions at the Boston Globe, MetroWest Daily News, Brockton Enterprise and Community Newspaper Company.

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