SOURCE: Astaro Corporation

May 10, 2006 09:00 ET

Astaro Ships World's First Unified Threat Management Virtual Appliance

Network Assurance Solution for VMware Users Offers Superior Security and Maximum Flexibility

BURLINGTON, MA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 10, 2006 -- Astaro Corporation today announced the general availability of the world's first Network Assurance virtual appliance, Astaro™ Security Gateway for VMware®. Defining a new standard of network security and manageability, Astaro Security Gateway for VMware enables managed service providers and enterprises to maximize network protection and hardware utilization while offering astonishing flexibility and lowered overall administrative cost.

Astaro Security Gateway for VMware allows customers to flexibly run Astaro Security Gateway software on a VMware infrastructure. Many hundreds or thousands of Astaro Security Gateways can be virtualized in this way, each delivering the network protection and cleaning for which Astaro is famous. In addition, the new Astaro Command Center will allow for a single, integrated view and unified control of any number of Astaro Security Gateways for VMware and/or Astaro Security Gateway physical appliances.

The Astaro Security Gateway for VMware virtual appliance is identical to the company's physical appliances and is designed to deliver all the functionality of the physical device. The major difference is that instead of being built on a physical computing device, a virtual appliance is built using virtual machine technology and can be run on VMware Player, VMware Workstation, VMware Server, or VMware ESX Server. Major benefits for users include simpler deployment in large and complex environments, better hardware allocation and reduced hardware expenditures because physical computers can run multiple virtual appliances. And because Astaro's unified threat management is ASIC-free, performance when running in a virtual machine is maximized.

"The ability to virtualize gateway security services opens up major new capabilities for managed service providers (MSPs) to deliver air-tight security services to small- and medium-size business customers," said Richard Stiennon, founder, IT-Harvest Group. "MSPs can leverage their hardware investment while providing dedicated security services to end-user customers, resulting in superior security and manageability."

"Virtualization of the Astaro Security Gateway is a natural step for us," said Gert Hansen, chief software architect, Astaro Corporation. "Because our security appliance is very flexible and does not rely on dedicated hardware, every function in the Astaro Security Gateway can be easily virtualized. As a result, we are able to deliver excellent performance while keeping all the benefits of a standardized virtual platform."

Astaro Security Gateway for VMware is available now. Customers are encouraged to download a trial copy of Astaro Security Gateway for VMware at http://www.astaro.com/vmware. To quickly understand the nine integrated security applications in Astaro Security Gateway for VMware, customers are encouraged to use the free VMware Player (http://www.vmware.com/products/player/) with Astaro Security Gateway for VMware.

Pricing for production installations of Astaro Security Gateway for VMware are based on active users and concurrent connections. Configurations for as few as ten users to unlimited users and connections are available. Suggested pricing for a sample configuration allowing 250 active users and 512,000 connections and including subscriptions and one year's maintenance is $11, 885.

Astaro Command Center will be available free to Astaro Security Gateway users. Astaro Command Center will be available for download at http://my.astaro.com.

About Astaro

Astaro Security Gateways (www.astaro.com) control access to networks, guarantee availability and ensure compliance for businesses and enterprises worldwide, while reducing network administration costs. With Astaro Security Gateway, network administrators and designers achieve Network Assurance: functional, high-performance and safe business networks. Astaro Security Gateways have won numerous industry awards, and are protecting over 30,000 networks in 60 countries, including such companies as Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Arizona, Los Alamos National Labs, Stanford University and Kansas City Life Insurance, Inc.

Astaro is a trademark of Astaro Corporation. VMware is a registered trademark of VMware, Inc. in the United States and/or various jurisdictions. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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