Archive for the ‘virtualization’ Category

Astaro Receives VMware Ready Certifications

July 14, 2009

Astaro earned multiple VMware Ready™ certifications for its security products.  Astaro Security Gateway, Astaro Mail Gateway and Astaro Web Gateway have all been certified as VMware Ready, and Astaro is the only Unified Threat Management provider to have submitted to and passed VMware Ready validation.

For more information, check out the press release here.


Virtualization as a Disaster Recovery Strategy

July 1, 2009

By: Bill Prout

There have actually been a few major disasters in the past 10 years that have shown the value of good disaster recovery plans. Though they’re far from perfect they do make a difference and can always be improved with newer techniques and technology. When hurricane Katrina struck I was working with the City of New York’s network design team and we were tasked with creating an emergency refugee processing center for the thousands of hurricane victims that the city had taken in. While we were able to throw this site together over a weekend by using a lot of manpower and equipment it could have just as easily been done with a few decent virtual servers hosting the applications we needed. All applications including endpoints security could have been hosted virtually making design and deployment very simple. There most likely would have been significant cost savings on manpower, space, power, etc… Though this is an extreme example it does show how virtual environments can be used for disaster recovery.

Virtual Appliances enable partners to offer security solutions in a SaaS environment

May 20, 2009

On Monday we announced the availability of the Astaro Web Gateway and Astaro Mail Gateway point solutions as virtual appliances. We offers these point solutions as virtual appliances to help organizations take advantage of the costs savings this deployment method offers.

The virtual appliances offer partners an additional benefit – the virtual appliances enable our partners to offer their customers the Astaro Web Gateway and Astaro Mail Gateway in a Software as a Service environment rather than as a hosted solution. Partners simply deploy the products as virtual appliances on their own hardware and then deploy a clone of the virtual machine for each customer, providing them with the e-mail and web security they require.

Organizations are continuing to look for ways to reduce costs and “being able to offer a SaaS deployment of an award winning security product is a huge competitive advantage,” said Astaro partner John Boudreau, vice president, Micros Northeast.

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