Astaro Debuts UTM Virtual Appliance

By | May 12, 2006

Astaro has announced the general availability of AstaroŠƒ Security Gateway for VMware, the first tNetwork Assurance virtual appliance. Defining a new standard of network security and manageability, Astaro Security Gateway for VMware enables managed service providers and enterprises to maximise network protection and hardware utilisation while offering astonishing flexibility and lowered overall administrative cost.

The Astaro Security Gateway for VMware virtual appliance is identical to the company´s physical appliances and is designed to deliver all the functionality of the physical device. The major difference is that instead of being built on a physical computing device, a virtual appliance is built using virtual machine technology and can be run on VMware Player, VMware Workstation, VMware Server, or VMware ESX Server. Major benefits for users include simpler deployment in large and complex environments, better hardware allocation and reduced hardware expenditures because physical computers can run multiple virtual appliances.

The ability to virtualise gateway security services opens up major new capabilities for managed service providers (MSPs) to deliver air-tight security services to small and medium-size business customers,” said Richard Stiennon, founder, IT-Harvest Group. “MSPs can leverage their hardware investment while providing dedicated security services to end-user customers, resulting in superior security and manageability.”

“Virtualisation of the Astaro Security Gateway is a natural step for us,” said Gert Hansen, chief software architect, Astaro Corporation. “Because our security appliance is very flexible and does not rely on dedicated hardware, every function in the Astaro Security Gateway can be easily virtualised. As a result, we are able to deliver excellent performance while keeping all the benefits of a standardised virtual platform.”

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