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SonicWall To Mix Security, Backup With Lasso Buy

Posted by iMark - 2005-11-22

SMB security vendor SonicWall is expanding its portfolio to include backup and recovery with the acquisition of Lasso Logic.

San Francisco-based startup Lasso Logic’s continuous data protection appliance is billed as a “hands-free” solution to backup for small businesses. The product starts at about $2,000.

SonicWall CEO Matt Medeiros told CRN that the two technologies will be integrated with SonicWall’s multifunction security gateway appliances to create a complete data protection and recovery solution that is affordable for small business customers. The deal was announced Monday morning.

The Lasso acquisition is a smart move for SonicWall and good for the industry, said Rich Forsen, president of Network Depot, a Herndon, Va., solution provider. “The world will finally realize that backup and security are the same thing,” he said.

SonicWall’s channel muscle also will give Internet backup category leader LiveVault a run for its money, Forsen said. “LiveVault is the 800 pound gorilla in the Internet backup space,” he said. “The cool thing is that Lasso has been a fly on the nose of Live Vault, but that fly just became a fist.”

Medeiros said Lasso’s tape-free appliance can profile data on a network and store only critical data. That capability, combined with SonicWall’s content filtering and deep packet inspection technology, will allow Sonicwall to create a solution that enables SMBs to stop critical data from leaving a network as well as stop harmful traffic from entering, Medeiros said.

Full product integration under a unified management platform will take about six months, he said.

SonicWall Wednesday also acquired San Jose, Calif.-based SSL VPN vendor EnKoo.

Both companies’ products also were designed with the channel in mind, which played heavily in the decision to acquire them, Medeiros said. The products will be available to Sonicwall’s U.S. channel partners immediately.

While the company did not release financial details of the deals, Medeiros told CRN that SonicWall paid less than $20 million for both acquisitions.

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