SonicWALL was a private company headquartered in San Jose, CA, now currently owned by Dell. It 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. The company solutions also serve to solve issues surrounding HIPAA and PCI compliance issues.
On March 13, 2012, USA Today said that Dell announced its intent to acquire SonicWall, a company with 130 patents and 950 employees. The transaction was completed on May 9, 2012