New Environmental Management Centre in North Dorset Acquires Sonicwall Technology

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SonicWALL (NASDAQ: SNWL) today announced that North Dorset District Council has gone live with a secure network environment based on SonicWALL technology linking its headquarters with a new satellite office in the rural market town of Sturminster Newton, Dorset. Sturminster House, is a base for the Councils new environmental management centre, responsible for co-ordinating a series of projects and initiatives aimed at improving and public spaces in the district using 3.71 million from the governments Liveability Fund.

North Dorset District Council wanted its officers at Sturminster House to have full voice and data remote access to the Councils main office in Blandford Forum. At the same time, they wanted the network to provide virtual private network (VPN) connectivity with the County Council offices in Dorchester as well as Internet browsing capabilities for visitors.

Keyfort, a SonicWALL Gold Medallion partner, recommended a SonicWALL PRO 3060 with Enhanced operating system to manage this segmented network securely. The SonicWALL manages two wide area network (WAN) links with the Blandford Forum and Dorchester offices. It also manages a dedicated voice connection that allows council officers in Sturminster House to function as a virtual extension of head office.

There are two broadband ADSL lines into the property. The first of these carries the voice calls via VPN to Blandford Forum. This connection terminates on another SonicWALL a PRO 2040. The second is for Internet access and secure transmission of data between locations.

The Sturminster House project has been an interesting experience for us, said Hilary Ritchie rural regeneration manager at North Dorset District Council. It is the first time we have used broadband to connect with remote offices and serves as a model for us to repeat elsewhere, should we chose to do so.

Besides the Councils own Liveability staff, Sturminster House is also a base for representatives of several bodies involved in environmental work such as Countryside Rangers, Chalk and Hawk, Chalk and Cheese Leader + and the Dorset Coppice Group.

We have also implemented SonicWALLs Complete AV enforced client anti-virus at Sturminster House, said Roy Clayton, director at Keyfort. This whole site is managed remotely by Keyfort using SonicWALLs Global Management System for monitoring traffic, updating the system and providing weekly reports for the customer.

SonicWALL Complete AV automatically updates the anti virus software to protect PCs in the office from the latest virus threats from around the world.

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