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Dell Software Group Extends Distribution Partnership with StarLink by Adding SonicWALL

Intelligent Security Solutions that Adapt as Organizations and Threats Evolve

Dubai, UAE August 20th, 2013 – StarLink, the region's trusted security-specialized "true" Value-Added-Distributor (VAD) and currently the Master Distributor for Dell Quest across the Middle East region, announced today that its distribution relationship with Dell Software Group now includes SonicWall covering Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon.

Dell SonicWALL integrated intelligent security solutions feature high-performance, solid-state firewalls, Next-Generation Firewall and VPN appliances with application intelligence, and control and visualization plus value-added security subscriptions such as anti-virus, intrusion prevention and anti-spyware, for wired and wireless networks of all sizes. Dell SonicWALL is the first and only available firewall to receive the ICSA Labs Enterprise Firewall Certification, while also meeting all of the ICSA Labs Next-Gen Firewall Evaluation Requirements.

Shahnawaz Sheikh, Regional Director Dell SonicWALL Middle East & Turkey said: "With the advent of our carrier-class product category, we felt that it was the right time to partner with a VAD in the region that has an extensive reach into the enterprise, telco and government market segments." "The partnership reinforces our objective to expand our product reach in the Middle East."

"StarLink has traditionally been a niche IT Security focused distributor but given the constantly developing relationship with Dell Software Group, and their visionary acquisition strategy to become an IT Security powerhouse, it became clear to us that with the acquisition of SonicWALL, they would be able continuously deliver best-of-breed and bleeding-edge next-generation firewall technology," said Avinash Advani, Director - Business Strategy at StarLink. "As SonicWall evolves under Dell's umbrella, so will StarLink evolve to look beyond the niche and begin to take on innovative solutions across other areas in the IT Security landscape," he added.

About Dell SonicWall

Dell SonicWall listens to customers and delivers innovative technology and services that give them the power to do more. Dell SonicWALL makes security a business enabler to drive employee productivity and network performance. It provides intelligent network security and data protection solutions that empower customers and partners of all sizes and verticals to dynamically secure, control and scale their networks.

For more information, visit http://www.sonicwall.com or http://www.dell.com.

Dell and Dell SonicWALL are trademarks of Dell Inc. Dell disclaims any proprietary interest in the marks and names of others.

About StarLink

StarLink, headquartered in Dubai, is the leading IT compliance driven solutions provider and was founded in 2005. StarLink is recognized as a "Trusted Security Advisor" and market leader in automating the entire IT compliance auditing process to help customers in the Middle East region reduce IT Risk, with a focus on enterprises in the Financial, Telco and Government sectors. StarLink works with organizations to achieve and sustain compliance and optimally manage risks through full policy, procedure and controls lifecycle management. StarLink's solution offerings are now installed in more than 200 data centers in the Middle East, including 100 of the top regional banks and 15 of the regional's top Telcos. The company's customers trust StarLink to secure their critical enterprise data and safeguard access to sensitive data in the most demanding datacenter environments in the region by monitoring, security and auditing privileged user access to provide 100% visibility on all activities.