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MSP Play: SonicWall Unleashes APIs

SonicWall is on course to open up its firewall APIs to MSP platform vendors in an effort to give MSPs more control of the networks they manage.

SonicWall, Sunnyvale, Calif., has not set a date as to when it will release the APIs, but it is talking with N-able Technologies and LPI Level Platforms, both of Ottawa, about the move, said Lief Koepsel, SonicWall’s channel chief.

SonicWall hosts its Peak Performance worldwide channel partners conference in Las Vegas this week, and speculation was that the company would use the conference as a backdrop for the API announcement.

At Ingram Micro’s VentureTech Network show in Montreal earlier this month, N-able and LPI Level Platforms unveiled an API-swapping partnership with Lexmark International that gives them the ability to better manage Lexmark printers, scanners and other output devices.

SonicWall, which ships products already equipped with remote management technology dubbed the Global Management System (GMS), has been hyping the advantage of managed services for some time, said Steve Ryder, president of WAN Strategies, a solution provider in Keene, N.H.

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