SonicWall, originally a private company headquartered in Silicon Valley, and a Dell subsidiary from 2012 to 2016, sells a range of Internet appliances primarily directed at content control and network security. These include devices providing services for network firewalls, unified threat management, virtual private networks, and anti-spam for email. The company also markets information subscription services related to their products. The company solutions also serve to solve problems surrounding compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard.
On March 13, 2012, USA Today said that Dell had announced its intent to acquire SonicWall, which then had 130 patents and 950 employees. Dell's acquisition of SonicWall became official on May 9, 2012.
On June 20, 2016, Dell sold SonicWall to private equity firm Francisco Partners and Elliott Management.
In 1991, Brothers Sreekanth Ravi and Sudhakar Ravi founded the company under the name Sonic Systems to develop Ethernet and Fast Ethernet cards, hubs and bridges for the Apple market.
In the late 1990s, the company released a security product initially called Interpol and later branded SonicWALL, a dedicated hardware appliance with firewall and VPN software intended for the small-business market. As sales for the security appliances rapidly accelerated, the company exited the Apple add-on networking business and refocused exclusively as a network security company.
Highest paying job titles at SonicWall include Product Marketing Manager, Product Manager, and Engineering Project Manager