New Products Offload Up to 1,200 Secure Transactions per Second Offering Greater Web Server Performance

SUNNYVALE, Calif., May 21 /PRNewswire/ — SonicWALL, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNWL), a leading provider of Internet security solutions, today announced the expansion of its Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) acceleration product line with the introduction of the SSL-R3 and SSL-R6 products. Offloading up to 1200 secure transactions per second, these new products offer greater web server performance for data centers, large web server farms and application service providers.

The increasing adoption of SSL technology to encrypt information for e-commerce transactions, as well as securing private data traveling over the Internet, is driving the need for high-performance, high-availability SSL acceleration solutions.

The SSL-R3 can offload up to 600 secure transactions per second and can be upgraded as demand increases to the SSL-R6. The SSL-R6, which delivers the highest performance of any 1U high, rack-mountable device on the market, can handle up to 1,200 secure transactions per second.

The SSL-R3 and SSL-R6 completely offload the burden of processing SSL transactions from a web server, thereby freeing the server to respond to other IP requests and speeding the entire secure transaction process. The complete offloading features of SonicWALL’s SSL products allows for easy installation and configuration within active networks with no configuration changes or installation of software drivers necessary for web servers. “With the expansion and acceptance of e-commerce, the public’s mounting privacy concerns and legislation requiring the protection of private data, more and more Internet traffic will be encrypted using the SSL protocol. However, the burden of processing secure Internet traffic can quickly overwhelm web servers,” said Sreekanth Ravi, President and Chief Executive Officer of SonicWALL. “Our new SSL-R3 and SSL-R6 family of scalable SSL security appliances provide the performance necessary to handle these growing demands.”

Pricing and Availability

The SSL-R3 and SSL-R6 will be available in June 2001 from authorized SonicWALL resellers worldwide. Suggested U.S. list prices are $15,995 for the SSL-R3 and $30,995 for the SSL-R6.

About SonicWALL, Inc.

SonicWALL, Inc. is the leading provider of integrated Internet security appliances offering access security, transaction security and security services for the enterprise, e-commerce, SME, education and government markets. Core technologies include firewall, VPN, SSL, high availability, anti-virus, strong authentication with digital certificates, vulnerability assessment and content filtering. Together, these products and technologies provide the most comprehensive Distributed Security Architecture available. SonicWALL, Inc. is headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA. SonicWALL trades on the Nasdaq exchange under the symbol SNWL. For more information, contact SonicWALL at 408-745-9600 or visit the company Web site at .

Certain statements in this press release are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. 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. Factors that could affect SonicWALL’s actual results include, but are not limited to, the “Risk Factors” described in our Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including our Prospectus dated March 16, 2000. 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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