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Sonic Systems, Inc.
5400 Betsy Ross Dr., Suite 206
Santa Clara, CA 95054-1101

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Phone: (888) 222-6563
Fax: (408) 844-9100
E-mail: sales@sonicsys.com


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Sonic Systems is a provider of affordable Internet security for small to medium size companies. The company has been hailed by industry publications such as InfoWorld, PC Magazine and InternetWeek for the ease-of-use and high performance of its Internet security product line. More than 10,000 customers worldwide currently use Sonic Systems' products to protect their networks.

Sonic Systems' target end-use customers include single-site professional offices, such as law firms, accounting firms, advertising agencies, e-commerce businesses, and branch offices of large companies. In addition, Sonic Systems' Internet security products are implemented within school, library and small office/home office environments.

The market for Internet security products is projected to grow to over $1 billion by the year 2000 from about $300 million in 1997. Currently, security products are expensive and difficult to implement, often requiring configuration by a security or network expert. Sonic's security offerings are easy-to-implement and understand, and are much more affordable for small to medium-sized companies. According to Gartner Group, by 2002, at least 40 percent of firewalls shipped will be low-cost, firewall appliances like SonicWALL. Therefore, Sonic is perfectly positioned for leadership in this dramatically expanding market.

History and New Directions

Sonic Systems is a privately held and profitable company founded in 1991 to develop Ethernet and Fast Ethernet cards, hubs and bridges. Since its inception, Sonic has been focused on meeting the networking needs of the small business and educational markets. In 1995, Sonic released its first Internet appliance product: the QuickStream/3, a three-port multi-protocol remote access server. The engineering effort behind the QuickStream/3 produced an extensible, embedded controller architecture running a real-time operating system (RTOS) that provided the basic building blocks for future network appliance products.

Sonic has leveraged this technology along with intuitive Web browser management to supplement its line of Internet appliance products. Macworld magazine has described Sonic's Web browser management interface as "a joy to use and a model of quality Web interface design."

Sonic Systems’ focus in Internet security includes:

  • Firewalling
  • Virtual Private Networking
  • Content Filtering

Moving forward, Sonic's RTOS architecture is enabling the quick development of products to meet the rapidly changing needs of the market. This includes Sonic offering products that meet the security needs of large, high performance networks as well as cable modem and xDSL users at prices and feature sets previously unattainable. Sonic has also implemented the first of a variety of VPN solutions targeted specifically at the needs of branch offices and remote users. These new technologies allow businesses to communicate securely over the Internet, bypassing the public phone network and its related high costs. These exciting technologies are being developed on top of the RTOS architecture already established by Sonic and take advantage of its award-winning ease-of-use.

Market Opportunity – Bridging the Gap in the Security Market

Now that small to mid-sized companies have realized the potential of the Internet and network computing, networks are increasingly being implemented within business operations. These companies need to protect their intellectual property and proprietary information by implementing security measures to combat potential intruders and hackers. International Data Corporation predicts that of the estimated 7.1 million small businesses in the United States, the percentage connected to the Internet will grow from about 40 percent in 1996 to about 70 percent in the year 2000. However, Reed Exhibitions has found that 62 percent of professional advisors, such as accountants, lawyers, advertising and PR agencies, are using the Internet without implementation of any security measures.

If proprietary information is unprotected and readily available to hackers or competitors, companies cannot maintain their competitive edge and put valuable business data at risk. Additionally, productivity is lost when employees access objectionable or time-wasting Web sites and newsgroups. Content filtering can eliminate loss in productivity and enforce a company's policy on Internet usage. A number of companies are addressing these issues for large-scale enterprise networks, however, few low-end solutions for smaller companies currently exist. Sonic Systems has taken the helm in this emerging market with the $495 SonicWALL, the first Internet security appliance priced under $1,000.

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SonicWALL
SonicWALL is an Internet security appliance that provides security from outside intruders. SonicWALL offers firewalling with stateful packet inspection, Denial of Service (DoS) attack prevention and Network Address Translation (NAT), IPSec Virtual Private Networking, filtering of Java, ActiveX, and cookies, and content filtering of objectionable Web sites and newsgroups. With its Web browser-based management interface and hardware plug-and-play design, SonicWALL is extremely easy-to-configure and use and is ideally suited for the Internet security needs of K-12 schools and small-to-medium size business networks. Additional functionality includes Network Access Rules, which allows extremely fine-grain control over network traffic based on IP address and port number and Transparent Proxy Relay, where all Web traffic can be routed through third-party caching proxy servers for enhanced performance.

SonicWALL PRO
SonicWALL PRO extends the SonicWALL product line to fit the security requirements of branch offices and large, single-site networks -- offering higher performance Internet security, IPSec VPN, and content filtering. Utilizing a 233MHz Intel StrongARM RISC microprocessor, SonicWALL PRO will meet the needs of the largest networks. SonicWALL PRO also provides three auto-switching 10/100 Mbps Fast Ethernet ports for connectivity to both Ethernet and Fast Ethernet networks and an industry-standard PCI slot, for an optional VPN Accelerator card for high-bandwidth VPN applications.

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Sreekanth Ravi, President & CEO
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Sreekanth Ravi has been successfully founding companies for the past ten years, ever since graduation from college. Ravi co-founded Sonic Systems in 1990 and has led it to profitable year-over-year growth, with the introduction of over 30 unique technologies and shipments of over 1.2 million products. Prior to Sonic, Ravi was the founder and chief executive officer of Generation Systems, a manufacturer of high performance video products, which he later sold successfully to a publicly held computer products company in 1990. Ravi holds a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.
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Steve Perricone, Vice President, Sales
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Steve Perricone has over 15 years of high-tech sales experience, specializing in the area of data communications. Perricone joined Sonic from Structured Internetworks, an IP bandwidth management company, where he served as vice president of worldwide sales and support. Prior to joining Structured, Perricone was vice president of worldwide sales at Network TeleSystems. Perricone's primary responsibilities included managing the direct sales force, establishing the international sales channel, and implementing strategic partnerships, which included OEM relationships with industry leaders such as Cisco Systems, Netscape, AT&T, IBM, Citicorp, Earthlink, and Mindspring. Prior to Network TeleSystems, Perricone held various sales management positions at Emulex and Xylogics (now part of Bay Networks). Perricone holds a bachelor's degree in business from California State University, Chico.
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Sudhakar Ravi, Vice President, Engineering
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Sudhakar Ravi has been involved in research and development of computer technologies for over 12 years. As a co-founder of Sonic, Ravi has designed proprietary ASICs, application software and embedded systems which have led to the development of over 30 unique products. Prior to Sonic, Ravi was involved in semiconductor research at Stanford University. Ravi holds a bachelor of science degree in computer engineering from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana and a masters of science in Computer Science from Stanford University.
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Larry Woodard, Director of Marketing
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Larry Woodard has been actively developing and marketing computer, communications, and networking products for the small business market for the past ten years. Prior to joining Sonic, Woodard was Vice President of Engineering at Axion, which was sold to a publicly traded company in 1994. Prior to Axion, Woodard held management positions at Nest Software and Jasmine Technologies. Woodard earned a B.S. degree in Business Administration from San Jose State University.
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Sonic Systems, Inc.
5400 Betsy Ross Dr., Suite 206
Santa Clara, CA 95054-1101
Phone: (888) 222-6563 or (408) 844-9900
Fax: (408) 844-9100
E-mail: sales@sonicsys.com


Driving Directions

From San Jose using US 101

  • Exit 101 at Great America Pkwy.
  • Turn right onto Great America Pkwy.
  • Turn left onto Bunker Hill Ln.
  • Turn right onto Betsy Ross Dr.

From San Francisco using US 101

  • Exit 101 onto HWY 237 (East)
  • Exit 237 at  Great America Pkwy.
  • Turn right onto Great America Pkwy.
  • Turn right onto Old Mountain View Alviso Rd.
  • Turn left onto Betsy Ross Dr.

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