Six Months In, New SonicWall Celebrates Momentum
Today marks 150 days since SonicWall spun off from the company formerly known as Dell, and leaders of the security software vendor were in a celebratory mood as they rolled out new training and marketing programs.
The main cause for celebration comes from the fact that more than 10,000 partners have registered for the new SonicWall SecureFirst Partner Program since the split went final on Nov. 1 of last year.
Included in that number are 8,000 partners who followed SonicWall when it broke away from Dell Software Group.
Add to that 2,000 brand new partners signed up in less than six months, and it’s easy to see why the atmosphere at the newly independent company is bordering on giddy.
“We clearly had more momentum and volume than we expected,” SonicWall CEO Bill Conner told MSPmentor in recent days.
Conner was handpicked by the new ownership, comprised of private equity firm Francisco Partners and hedge fund Elliot Management.
Also included in the sale of Dell Software Group were Quest Software and One Identity, which are being operated together as a separate entity, known as Quest Software.
While it’s not clear anyone has fully acknowledged it publicly, there seems a clear sense SonicWall was playing under its potential during its four years as part of Dell.
It’s Conner’s job to squeeze every ounce of value out of the new standalone security company.
“The reality is that SonicWall has protected people for 25 years,” Conner said. “All the due diligence said the (partners) were still loyal and still like the brand and the team.”
The new SonicWall has every intention of reinstating itself as a player in the booming cybersecurity space.
In a coming-out party of sorts, SonicWall today also launched a new cybersecurity training initiative for partners and a stepped-up effort to market its products and educate the public about the nature of the current cyber-threat landscape.
SonicWall University relies on a powerful and innovative platform to pump a steady stream of training and relevant information to keep partners abreast of the latest developments in cybersecurity.
“It’s role-based,” said Steve Pataky, SonicWall’s vice president of worldwide sales and channel. “The first question is ‘tell us what your job is.’”
“Rich media, white papers and lays out a curriculum for them that ultimately ends in accreditation,” he said.
It’s the very same tool that SonicWall uses to keep its own employees up to date on current threats.
“The threat of cyber is so real,” explained Pataky, whose job it was to stand up a fully functioning, standalone partner program – distinct from Dell. “You marry that with a massive skills gap that exists, (and) companies are finding it virtually impossible to keep up.”
“That places a huge opportunity in the channel,” he continued. “That was really the genesis for SonicWall University. We had a lot of field training. What we didn’t always have was a learning platform that can serve up a variety of content.”
The new marketing initiative is aimed as teaching SMBs about the current climate of cyberthreats and how IT services providers who use SonicWall technology can help protect them.
“Everything we build is based on three hot threats: encrypted threats, email, malware,” said Bill O’Dell, vice president of marketing at SonicWall. “This is very novel. It’s very forward looking.”
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