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StillSecure Strata Guard Free Now Available as a VMware Virtual App

IT News Online reports:


StillSecure, provider of enterprise network security solutions, announced that StillSecure Strata Guard Free, its freeware IDS/IPS, is available as a VMware virtual appliance. End users can now access the pre-built, pre-configured and ready-to-run version of Strata Guard Free for Linux environments.

VMware virtual appliances are pre-installed application and operating system environments packaged in virtual machines. Virtual appliances eliminate the need for product installation and configuration, and can be easily deployed on x86 systems to get users and new services up and running immediately. Virtual appliances can be run using VMware virtual infrastructure products, including VMware Player and VMware Server.

"VMware provides a method for distributing Strata Guard Free to end users without requiring them to commit a dedicated server or worry about installation and deployment," said Mitchell Ashley, CTO and VP of Customer Experience at StillSecure. "We released Strata Guard Free to help accelerate the adoption of IDS/IPS, and taking advantage of virtualization technology from VMware makes it even easier for users to deploy the product."

Strata Guard Free is also available as a software appliance. With multiple options for installing and running the software, end users can choose the method that works best for them depending on personal preferences and the network environment.

"Companies like StillSecure are increasingly distributing their software as VMware virtual appliances to allow end users to run software on their x86 systems, avoid lengthy installation and configuration processes, and better leverage their computing resources by running multiple environments on a single machine," said Srinivas Krishnamurti, Group Product Manager of Developer Products at VMware. "With virtual appliances, StillSecure users can immediately get up and running and have a fully configured, self-contained IDS/IPS environment running on their x86 servers or PCs."

Strata Guard Free is a full-featured, easy-to-install and use IDS/IPS offered free of charge. Supported through its user community via online support forums, Strata Guard Free monitors network traffic streams of up to 5 Mbps and is ideally suited to small businesses, remote office connections and home users. Users update Strata Guard Free with the latest attack rules, which are offered at no delay, from within the product configuration screens. All rules incorporated into Strata Guard Free are managed by StillSecure's Security Alert Team (SAT).

StillSecure Strata Guard Free is currently available and can be downloaded at Commercial versions of Strata Guard that offer expanded capabilities, increased performance and live support are available on a subscription or a purchase-plus-maintenance basis.

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Published Tuesday, March 28, 2006 7:45 AM by David Marshall
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