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Central management console for StoneGate secure networking.

Stonesoft Networks : 04 December, 2007  (New Product)
StoneGate 4.2 offers firewall and intrusion prevention along with a centralised management centre for more convenient administrative control.
Stonesoft introduces the new StoneGate 4.2 secure connectivity solution comprising of StoneGate Firewall/VPN, IPS (Intrusion Prevention System) and IPSec VPN Client, centrally managed by StoneGate Management Centre (SMC). The solution allows managed service providers (MSPs) to offer their customers services which allow them to see directly and securely how their security policy is enforced, while at the same time offering visibility into the customer's own network.

Particularly, small to mid-sized organisations are struggling with the challenge of handling network security and IT infrastructure with in-house staff. The StoneGate 4.2 product family allows MSPs to provide SME organisations with reliable and secure, yet transparent network security services.

"We at Stonesoft are proud to provide a solution that ideally serves the needs of MSPs and their customers. MSPs appreciate the advanced centralised management offered by StoneGate Management Centre 4.2, as well as the ability to offer new, advanced services to their customers", said Klaus Majewski, product marketing manager at Stonesoft.

"Few SMEs have the budget or competence required to maintain their network security at the level it should be", highlights Klaus Majewski. "Instead, they rely on the competence of MSPs to guarantee the security, scalability and high availability of their IT solutions. StoneGate not only provides excellent reporting services, but also allows MSPs to offer customers visibility into their own alerts, logs and security policies. This makes customer change requests to MSPs easier and virtually error-free, which saves time and money on both sides."

StoneGate products help MSPs to provide all security services like firewall, site-to-site highly available VPN connectivity and Intrusion Prevention Services (IPS) using one centralised management system. This provides significantly reduced total cost of ownership (TCO) and value for money for both MSPs and their customers.

While the trend towards outsourced network security is growing, organisations still appreciate the possibility of seeing what is happening in their network. With StoneGate Management Centre 4.2, including unique support for serial IPS clustering for additional throughput, MSPs can provide their customers visibility into the network. MSP can provide additional pre-emptive services, for example informing customers when there is a laptop or a server on the network that has a network card that is likely to break down soon. This enables MSPs to move towards a more pre-emptive customer service mode, from being simply reactive.

The key features of the new StoneGate 4.2 product family include:.

* Restricted configuration and log view - allows MSPs to offer new services.
* Inline serial clustering - scales IPS throughput in MSP or enterprise environment.
* SOHO firewall support - centrally managed small WLAN firewall for remote offices.
* Instant reports from log view and vice versa - easy to find trends and drill down to the cause of any issues.
* New Multi-Link functionalities - cost effective Internet and VPN high availability.
* Management centre high availability - disaster recovery site service.
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