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Untangle offers integrated OSS security for SMBs

By   |  May 7, 2009

South African open source specialist Obsidian Systems has added Untangle, a commercial-grade open source security solution suited to small- and medium-sized organisations, to its line up of supported products.

Muggie van Staden, MD of Obsidian Systems, says that Untangle is ideally suited to small- and medium-sized businesses wanting to block spam, spyware, viruses, adware and unwanted content from entering their network while still being able to allow approved users remote access to the network.

Van Staden says that Untangle is a compelling option for most organisations since it not only runs on Windows or Linux and as a bare-metal install, but that the 12 applications which form the core of the solution are both free and open source.

“Each one of these open source solutions is available as a stand-alone product [but] IT shops are strongly moving away from implementing various point solutions, towards fully-integrated solutions that offer the combined functionality of numerous products,” he says. “The 12 applications available using Untangle are all pre-integrated and ready to go out of the box.”

“Untangle’s multi-platform strategy not only means that the solution has the ability to integrate with virtually every IT environment in play today, but that it can begin offering value from the word go while being cost effective to implement.”

Van Staden says that in addition to the open source components available in Untangle, a number of third-party developers have built commercial add-ons for the product as well. “These add-ons allow Untangle to, amongst other things, draw on live support engineers when issues arise, integrate the solution tightly with Microsoft’s Active Directory, build and implement automatically enforceable security policies, customise the GUI’s look and feel; and extend its web and virus filtering capabilities substantially,” he says.

Proven technology
Van Staden says that Obsidian has already successfully rolled the solution out to a select number of early adopters and customer satisfaction on both technical superiority and ease of use are both very high. “Since moving across to Untangle the spam at FreightLink has decrease substantially,” says Tracey Staples from FreightLink. “The quarantine function is fantastic to monitor suspicious mail. Staff can also remotely access email easily and this has increased productivity as people are able to work anytime, anywhere.”


2 Responses to “Untangle offers integrated OSS security for SMBs”

  1. scoot
    May 7th, 2009 @ 11:45 pm

    Its a pretty interface. Sorry people but thats all it is. Stick with your iptables or pay someone to do that for you…

  2. Colin Alston
    May 11th, 2009 @ 9:32 am

    Not all that pretty or usable IMHO…

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