SonicWall Live Demo Site Adds Next-Generation Firewall Features

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The testing platform now includes features like application intelligence, control and visualization of network traffic.

Network security specialist SonicWall announced marked its three-year anniversary of its Live Demo site with the addition of hands-on experience for the Next-Generation Firewall feature set. Designed to allow customers to test products before they commit, the Live Demo unified platform provides an online demonstration solution for each of the company’s security appliances and software solutions.

The testing platform now includes NGFW features like application intelligence, control and visualization of network traffic. The inclusion of NGFW functionality and the necessity to learn and gain insight into new solutions have resulted in 62 percent growth in year-over-year traffic to the Live Demo site, a company release claimed.

"Our customers continue to demand SonicWall’s products due to their quality and breadth of offering. However, while they know what to expect, they often request an opportunity to test the solutions before making their investment," said Mike Ferraro, a security specialist at IT products and services supplier CDW. "We use the SonicWall Live Demo site daily to help demonstrate the capabilities of the company's solutions as well as highlighting their ease of use. It really has become a key sales tool for us and one that has helped directly drive significant sales numbers."

According to information provided by the company, SonicWall’s portal now claims more than 180,000 unique visits a year from resellers, distributors and customers, an indicator SonicWall said emphasizes the need for information from end-users who seek to experience viewing features and functionality before investing in IT deployments.

 In addition to being able to view a demonstration of products, users can simulate how appliances would cope with traffic spikes and adapt to an administrator's granular settings. Individuals can also identify how ongoing maintenance would be managed before making a purchase. Users of the demo site are also able to graphically observe real-time application traffic, trace it back to individual users and construct policies to optimize their network applications.

"With increasingly stretched IT budgets and an ever-evolving Internet-borne threat landscape, purchasing an IT security solution has become a much tougher decision than ever before for IT professionals," said Patrick Sweeney, vice president of product management and corporate marketing at SonicWall. "Hands-on experience is critical for IT managers to ensure they're buying the right products with the right features and the right ease of use before they commit to spending their budget.  As well as helping sales, sites like Live Demo improve customer satisfaction and help ensure that technology purchases are a definite match to what the business requires."