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Celestix Networks Introduces an Enterprise Class RADIUS Appliance at a Breakthrough Price Point.

FREMONT, Calif. -- The RDS3000 Delivers a Unique Combination of Security, Simplicity and Affordability in an Advanced Appliance for Controlling Access to Microsoft Networks

Celestix Networks, a leading developer of managed Windows Server security appliances, today announced the RDS3000 an advanced appliance for under $3,000. The RDS3000 provides Remote Authentication Dial-In User Services (RADIUS) on a highly reliable, secure, and easy-to-manage platform. Unique to the appliance is the use of Microsoft's implementation of RADIUS, specifically Internet Authentication Service (IAS) that is part of Microsoft Windows Server 2003. The RDS3000's ease of installation and management, coupled with the inclusion of all major authentication standards, makes it a very strong yet affordable enterprise solution for centralized connection authentication, authorization, and accounting (AAA).

RADIUS on an Appliance Brings Numerous Benefits

RADIUS is the most widely used protocol for performing network authentication, authorization, and accounting (AAA) functions. It is used to control remote and local user access via dial-in, virtual private network (VPN), firewall, wireless, local area network (LAN), or any combination thereof. Since RADIUS grants access to critical resources on the network, it is vital that it be deployed securely. The Celestix RDS3000 appliance provides a controlled, error-free deployment experience which eliminates potentially catastrophic misconfigurations. Also, the appliance is system hardened to reduce the surface area of network attacks, eliminating all unnecessary open ports and services.

"We were looking for an affordable RADIUS appliance solution with a full feature set. From a price/performance and ease of deployment standpoint, the Celestix RDS3000 was exactly what we were looking for," said Mark Myers, Client/Server and Infrastructure Team Leader at Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream. "Deployment was very intuitive; it just required setting the IP address using the LCD and jog dial, browsing to the web-based administration interface, and following the Quick Setup steps. The setup took us less than 10 minutes!"

The web-based GUI is delivered directly from the appliance itself, and can be accessed from any client machine running Internet Explorer. The appliance also eases day-to-day maintenance by allowing tasks like software updates, viewing log files, system shutdowns/restarts and configuration backup to be accomplished entirely through the Web GUI.

Standards Compliance Affords Multivendor Interoperability

The Celestix RDS3000 appliance leveraging Microsoft IAS conforms to RADIUS (an Internet Engineering Task Force standard) and a wide variety of authentication protocols. This allows it to integrate with all standards-compliant clients and gateways, which include routers, Ethernet switches, wireless access points, firewall/VPN devices and SAN switches. The Celestix appliance can also authenticate users against many types of user credential repositories such as Microsoft Active Directory and RSA Authentication Manager for two-factor token authentication.

"We are pleased to see partners like Celestix Networks continue to innovate on the Microsoft Windows platform and add to their already impressive line of Windows-based security appliances," said Mike Schutz, Senior Product Manager, Windows Server Division at Microsoft.

Low Purchase Price is Just Part of a Very Attractive Total Cost of Ownership

Unlike other RADIUS solutions, the Celestix RDS3000 is a true appliance that does not require system or database administration thereby reducing complexity and total cost of ownership. The appliance is built on top of a high performance streamlined hardware platform that minimizes failures and maintenance. The management software includes real-time and historical reporting, monitoring, and alerting and comes standard with the product.

"We are seeing market pull from several key areas, but primarily the RDS appliance fits well in wireless networks where government-regulated AAA compliance is mandatory. New regulatory standards such as HIPAA and Sarbanes-Oxley affect every doctor's office or accounting firm respectively," stated Jim Hanley, CEO of Celestix Networks. "In addition, as 802.1x-based technologies proliferate, the costs normally associated with deploying wireless and RADIUS solutions decreases exponentially. For instance, now that 802.1x-enabled wireless clients are native to Windows, there is really no need to deploy a third-party client and incur associated per-client fees."

The new Celestix RDS3000 appliance, available in a convenient and functional 1U rack-mount form factor, will ship this month and lists at $2,995 per unit. Resellers can purchase RDS appliances through Ingram Micro. For more information on the RDS3000, visit or contact Celestix at 510-668-0700.

About Celestix Networks

Celestix Networks is the premier developer of managed security appliances, offering a broad range, of ready-to deploy security tuned appliances and turn-key security solutions. Celestix security appliances are designed to reduce product complexity and provide customers with less expensive, easy to use delivery platforms. Working closely with strategic partners, Celestix insures that its appliances have the breadth and depth of functions, features and performance to provide the best appliances and solutions to meet today's demanding security needs. Founded in 1999, Celestix boasts a strong international presence, with offices in the U.S. and Singapore and strong partner presences in Japan and the UK.
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Date:Mar 23, 2005
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