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SonicWALL Named Company of the Year in Security Appliances by Its Partners, in VARBusiness Annual Report Card

Voted Number One in Product Innovation by Partners

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Aug. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- SonicWALL, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNWL), a leading secure network infrastructure company, today announced that it was awarded first place in Product Innovation and shared the award for Overall Winner and Company of the Year in Security Appliances in the VARBusiness Annual Report Card (ARC) survey. This is the fourth time in five years that SonicWALL was honored as Company of the Year by its own Solution Providers.

The Annual Report Card recognizes outstanding partner programs and superb vendor service in 18 major product technology categories. The results are based on Solution Providers' grades given to their vendor partners on criteria including product quality and innovation, partner programs, and support. By being named a VARBusiness Annual Report Card Company of the Year, SonicWALL received one of the most prestigious honors in the IT industry. The presentation ceremony took place at the 2008 ARC Awards banquet held last night in Dallas, Texas.

"We appreciate that our channel partners voted SonicWALL as Security Appliance Company of the Year for the fourth year -- and thank them for their continued recognition," said Marvin Blough, Vice President of Worldwide Sales for SonicWALL. "Our channel partners are absolutely integral to our business, and we are deeply committed to their long-term success. This award validates SonicWALL's continuing commitment to providing industry-leading products and world-class support to our Solution Provider partners."

"The VARBusiness Annual Report Card is the industry-defining benchmark of vendor/partner relationships, because the winners are selected by their own Solution Provider partners," said Robert C. Demarzo, vice president and editorial director, Everything Channel. "SonicWALL continues to be a valuable vendor partner to its channel partners through its solutions and support, as well as an innovator in network security technology. We congratulate SonicWALL on its significant achievements in the Annual Report Card again this year."

About SonicWALL

SonicWALL is committed to improving the performance and productivity of businesses of all sizes by engineering the cost and complexity out of running a secure network. Over one million SonicWALL appliances have been shipped through its global network of ten thousand channel partners to keep tens of millions of worldwide business computer users safe and in control of their data. SonicWALL's award-winning solutions include network security, secure remote access, content security, backup and recovery, and policy and management technology. For more information, visit the company web site at

About VARBusiness

For the past 20 years, VARBusiness' strategic resources have been the gateway to the commercial and public sector (or government) Solution Provider community. The VARBusiness integrated platform of media opportunities provides strategic insight for technology integrators through industry-defining research, in-depth editorial, channel events and innovative Web services, enabling these IT professionals to make educated decisions for their businesses, partnerships and customers. VARBusiness offerings lead vendors and distributors to unprecedented access to the most powerful strategic Solution Providers in the market. VARBusiness has been the recipient of numerous industry awards for both editorial content and design.

Safe Harbor Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this press release are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The forward-looking statements include but are not limited to statements regarding our commitment to the long term success of channel partners and our ability to continue to provide industry leading products and services. These forward-looking statements are based on the opinions and estimates of management at the time the statements are made and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements. In addition, please see the "Risk Factors" described in our Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2007, for a more detailed description of the risks facing our business. All forward-looking statements included in this release are based upon information available to SonicWALL as of the date of the release, and we assume no obligation to update any such forward-looking statement.

NOTE: SonicWALL is a registered trademark of SonicWALL, Inc. Other product and company names mentioned herein may be trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective companies.


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