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SonicWALL, Inc
private company
Industry Backup and recovery, security appliances, Internet security, WAN optimization
Fate Acquired by Dell Software Group
Successor Francisco Partners and Elliott Management
Founded 1991
Founder Sudhakar Ravi
Headquarters San Jose, California
Products Security Appliance filtering Spam, backup and recovery, Spyware, Viruses and other Malware
Revenue US$265 million (2011)[1]
Owner Francisco Partners and Elliott Management
Number of employees
1000 (December 2011)[1]

SonicWall (styled SonicWALL), originally a private company headquartered in San Jose, California, and 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, UTMs (Unified Threat Management), VPNs (Virtual Private Network), backup and recovery, and anti-spam for email. The company also markets information subscription services related to their products.[2] The company solutions also serve to solve issues surrounding HIPAA and PCI compliance issues.[3]

On March 13, 2012, USA Today said that Dell 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.[4][5] On June 20, 2016, Dell sold SonicWall (part of Dell Software Group) to private equity firm Francisco Partners and Elliott Management [6]


1991 - Sudhakar Ravi founded the company under the name "Sonic Systems" to develop Ethernet and Fast Ethernet cards, hubs and bridges.[2][7]

1990s - In the late 1990s the company released a security product later branded "Sonic": a dedicated hardware appliance with firewall and VPN software intended for the small-business market.[7]

1999 - In November 1999 SonicWall went public (SNWL).[8]

2001 - SonicWall upgraded its Global Management System (GMS) software to manage more VPN devices.[9]

2003 - Matthew T. (Matt) Medeiros (formerly of Philips Components) became CEO in March 2003.[10] SonicWall acquired a number of companies through the years, expanding its product line in the process.[11]

2005 - SonicWALL announced acquisition of enKoo[12]

2007 - SonicWALL announced acquisition of Aventail Corporation[13]

2010 - On July 23, 2010, SonicWALL announced that it had completed its merger with affiliates of an investor group led by Thoma Bravo, LLC, which includes the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan through its private investor department, Teachers' Private Capital. After the merger SonicWall was delisted from NASDAQ.

2012 - On March 13, 2012, Dell announced that they had signed a definitive agreement to acquire SonicWALL.[14]

2016 - On May 20, 2016, Dell announced the sale of Dell Software Group (which includes SonicWall) to private equity firm Francisco Partners and Elliott Management [6]


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  2. ^ a b "SNWL: Profile for SonicWALL, Inc.". Yahoo!. 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-05. 
  3. ^ "Sonicwall PCI Compliance Case Study" (PDF). SonicWALL. 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-06. 
  4. ^ USA Today, page B1, published March 14, 2008, "Dell buys security specialist SonicWall"
  5. ^ "Dell completes acquisition SonicWall". May 9, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Francisco Partners and Elliott Management to Acquire the Dell Software Group". 
  7. ^ a b "Corporate Information". SonicWALL. 1999. Archived from the original on 1999-05-04. Retrieved 2010-03-05. 
  8. ^ "SonicWall IPO Should Make Noise". Ecommerce Times. 1999. Retrieved 2010-03-05. 
  9. ^ Greene, Tim (2001-07-30). "SonicWall boosts VPN software". Network World. 18 (31). IDG Network World Inc. p. 8. ISSN 0887-7661. Retrieved 2015-02-03. Global Management System (GMS) 2.0 lets users manage up to 10,000 pieces of SonicWall VPN hardware, a tenfold increase [...]. 
  10. ^ "SonicWall Company Officers — Reuters". Reuters. 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-05. 
  11. ^ "News Archive Search of "SonicWall acquisition" including frequency chart". Google. 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-05. 
  12. ^ "SonicWALL Acquires Lasso Logic, Inc. and enKoo". 
  13. ^ "SonicWALL, Inc. to Acquire Aventail Corporation". PR Newswire. 2007. Retrieved 2014-04-25. 
  14. ^ Worthen, Ben; Sherr, Ian (2012-03-13). "Dell to Buy IT-Security Company SonicWall —". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 13 March 2012.