A statement from both companies said that the planned cooperation should help business users to more seamlessly manage their networks.
Websense's software filters, monitors, and reports on employees' Internet surfing habits in the workplace. SonicWall's appliances provide network-access security and Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) transaction security, and are marketed to enterprise, e-commerce, small- and medium-sized businesses, education, and government customers.
One observer was sceptical about the advantages of the alliance.
"Yes, there is more pressure on tightening security around what people do on the Internet, but I wouldn't necessarily say that deals with conserving network bandwidth, which is one of the things Websense seems to be concerned with," said Charles Homs, a senior analyst with Forrester Research. "I don't think it's quite as hot a technology as they make it out to be," he added.
The companies said the new software/hardware combination will be available this quarter,.