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Now available from Celestix resellers are two recently launched security appliances which have been re-engineered and upgraded to run Microsoft's TMG and UAG 64-bit perimeter security and secure access software.

Ian Kilpatrick, chairman of Wick Hill Group, Celestix' new UK distributor, commented: "These solutions are ideal for businesses of up to 5000 users who want an appliance-based Microsoft solution for their security and secure access needs, running on a proven hardware appliance which delivers performance and power." Celestix' MSA Series integrates with Microsoft's Forefront Threat Management Gateway 2010 (TMG), and Windows Server 2008 operating system, maximising performance and adding additional functionality, processing power and memory.

Microsoft's TMG software supports deployment scenarios for application-layer firewall, proxy and caching. It also has new features including built-in URL filtering, web anti-virus/anti-malware support, HTTPS inspection capabilities, and vulnerability-based intrusion detection/prevention. Microsoft has also added enhanced support for array management, load balancing and ISP redundancy.

The new Celestix' MSA appliances introduce Celestix' next-generation Comet [TM] appliance engine software. It takes full advantage of the new 64-bit architecture to provide datacenter-ready features such as a web user interface (for headless operation), integrated save/restore of Last Good Version (for disaster recovery), and a rebuilt software update engine to provide a comprehensive view of patching.

Celestix' WSA [TM] series appliances host Microsoft's new Forefront Unified Access Gateway 2010 (UAG) software. UAG provides centralised, highly customisable management that provides granular access and policy control across all of an enterprise's users, devices, and network resources. It lets network professionals provide mobile and remote workers with secure access to enterprise applications via a highly configurable SSL VPN.

UAG gives administrators expanded options for managing Microsoft's new DirectAccess always on VPN feature in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. DirectAccess is expected to be a significant factor in the field of secure access as enterprises migrate their network infrastructures to Windows Server 2008 R2.
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Title Annotation:Security News and Products
Publication:Software World
Date:May 1, 2010
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