New SonicWall Security Appliance Targets POS Market

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SonicWall Tuesday took the wraps off a new firewall/VPN appliance with automated fail-over technology that supports both broadband and dial-up connections.

Targeted at point-of-sale, ATM and kiosk environments, the TELE3 SP (Smart Path) is designed to ensure uninterrupted remote connectivity, said Patrick Sweeney, senior director of marketing at SonicWall, based here.

If a broadband connection fails, the device automatically fails over to an integrated analog modem and sets up a new VPN tunnel, he said. When the broadband connection is restored, the appliance fails back to it.

The TELE3 SP's form factor--4.33 inches by 6.19 inches by 1.33 inches--makes it easy to install in small spaces, Sweeney said. Also, the device can be centrally managed by SonicWall's Global Management System and includes antivirus protection and Internet content filtering.

"The VAR opportunity is pretty vast," Sweeney said. "There's a tremendous amount of small and large retail stores, gas stations, hotels, restaurant chains. Those types of institutions need a fail-over solution."

Mike Chaput, president and CEO of PCSNetworks, a solution provider based in Emeryville, Calif., said the TELE3 SP's fail-over capabilities make it a unique product that differentiates SonicWall from competitors.

"This establishes SonicWall as a leader in technology. They're coming up with features that no one else has," Chaput said.

The product has multiple uses, including POS applications and very small offices, Chaput said. It's a good fit for one of his large retail customers with 300 locations, he added.

TELE3 SP, available now, costs $645.

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