SonicWall thanks partners as it turns 30

Security player SonicWall marks milestone and recognises the importance of having an indirect model

As SonicWall hits 30 it is taking time to reflect on its history and to acknowledge the contribution the channel has made to the business.

The security player is marking its anniversary this month by looking back at its journey over the past three decades and talking about some of its future targets.

The vendor has built up a global network of 17,000 channel partners that it supports with training via the SonicWall University and SecureFirst programme. Some partners that signed up decades ago are still working with it.

Some of those long-term channel partners, along with staff, products and customers, will feature in a social media campaign promoting the company’s anniversary.

“Our SonicWall journey started in 1996 and we have been retaining loyal partners who we’ve helped to scope, deliver, install and manage their customers’ security infrastructure ever since,” said Exertis UK and Europe security sales director Jason Hill.

“The relationships with the partner community stem right from the start and today we’re proud to still be working with the same fantastic partners, without whom we wouldn’t be here today. This anniversary is a fantastic achievement all round,” he added.

SonicWall president and CEO Bill Conner said as the security landscape continued to evolve the vendor recognised the need to keep developing its products and maintaining support for its channel.

“Innovation and adaptability are key components to successfully evolving cyber security strategy through the ebb and flow of the fast-moving threat landscape,” he said.

“SonicWall has proven across three decades that its mission is securing the long-term success of its customers, partners and employees. While the last five years were important chapters in this journey, we have more goals to achieve, milestones to mark and history to be made,” added Conner. “SonicWall is always forward-looking – and that’s how the company, and its people, has been a mainstay in the industry for more than 30 years.”

Set up by the Ravi brothers in 1991, SonicWall has been developing its position in the market to become one of the leading lights in the battle against ransomware.

Earlier this summer, the firm launched a trio of enterprise firewalls designed to counter the ransomware threat. At the time of the launch, Conner indicated that the company would continue to invest in helping customers fend off attacks.

“The growing volume of ransomware attacks has enterprises and government agencies moving quickly to evaluate their mitigation capabilities and strengthen their security postures,” he said. “The recent string of highly publicised cyber attacks has catapulted security to the top of the priority list.” 

Milestones on the way to 30

Some key dates that have helped Sonic Systems get from there to here as SonicWall:

  • 1991: Sonic Systems founded by brothers Sreekanth and Sudhakar Ravi.
  • 1991: Company’s first product is an Ethernet card for the NuBus and SE expansion slots.
  • 1995: Sonic Systems releases first internet appliance product, the QuickStream/3, a three-port multiprotocol remote access server.
  • 1997: First security appliance ships – first named Interpol and later rebranded as SonicWALL.
  • 1999: Company is renamed SonicWall, issues IPO under SNWL symbol.
  • 2002: Company ships 250,000th unit.
  • 2005: Managed security services provider (MSSP) programme announced.
  • 2010: Company eclipses one million units shipped.
  • 2016: Bill Conner is named president and CEO after company is acquired by Francisco Partners.
  • 2016: SecureFirst partner programme introduced.
  • 2018: Capture Cloud Platform announced at the RSA Conference.
  • 2018: Patented Real-Time Deep Memory Inspection (RTDMI) technology unveiled.
  • 2019: Company eclipses three million units shipped
  • 2019: Capture Security Center introduced.
  • 2020: Boundless Cybersecurity unveiled, Generation 7 announced.


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