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Smoothwall unified security now in SA

By   |  August 16, 2007

Local SmoothWall distributor Jeshurun Consulting has announced the launch of the international security vendor’s first unified threat management (UTM) appliance for businesses in South Africa.

First previewed in February, the Smoothguard 1000-UTM Appliance is based on the latest Intel Core 2 Duo and PCI Express technology and delivers a complete UTM solution in a single appliance.

Dion Britz, technical director at Jeshurun Consulting, said: "With ever increasing dependence on the internet, businesses can no longer simply rely on a standard firewall device for defence."

In arguing the necessity for businesses to protect themselves, he cites statistics that show security attacks have become significantly more varied as well as complex in nature. "The impact can be devastating in the event of a successful breach. It is imperative to meet this onslaught head on with a sophisticated amalgam of security technologies," he stresses.

Britz described the SmoothGuard security appliance as a "fistful of business security tools in a convenient appliance format".

Jeshurun Consulting claim the SmoothGuard 1000-UTM is far more powerful than any other UTM/firewall in its price range.

The appliance is made up a combination of several existing SmoothWall products and can be broken into four main areas:

  • Firewall: Stateful packet inspection with Layer 7 analysis, intrusion detection and prevention
  • VPN Gateway: Clientless secure remote access for mobile users and site-to-site VPN connections
  • Web Security: Content filtering, anti-virus, anti-spyware and browser exploit detection
  • Email Security: Anti-spam, anti-virus, mail relay and control

Bundled into a separate appliance, web and email analysis can be processed at high speed by the box rather than using up processing power of the business’ PCs.

The SmoothGuard 1000-UTM also features 7 Gigabit Ethernet ports, all connected via PCI Express bus, allowing for over 900 Megabit per second port to port firewall performance. Jeshurun say that in comparison "most UTMs are still based on the old PCI bus that will be virtually saturated by a single Gigabit port. PCI Express allows the SmoothGuard 1000-UTM to function as internal firewall operating at near Gigabit wire-speed."

Richard Moore, VP sales at SmoothWall concludes: "The consensus of market analyst opinion is that the security appliance market is growing at a faster rate than for software solutions. We believe that together with market leading margins, SmoothWall can offer our Partners an excellent financial opportunity with the SmoothGuard 1000-UTM appliance."



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