BURLINGTON, Mass. -- Astaro Corporation today announced the general availability of the world's first Network Assurance virtual appliance, AstaroT Security Gateway for VMwareR. 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."