Astaro Offers Large UTM Update: Security Gateway 8.2
The open source unified threat management (UTM) company Astaro is launching an update to its UTM Security Gateway platform. Version 8.2 brings with it a slew of new features aimed to help users and network IT admins gain deeper visibility into their network and enhance their control of network operations. Read on for the full list of updates and the all-important channel perspective …
Version 8.2 comes with more than 60 news features, according to Astaro, but the ‘stars’ of the show, so to speak, are three big new features: Application Control, interactive web reporting and a brand new authentication agent. Astaro believes these new features can help companies deal with ongoing security needs by offering a better way to rein in their network with granular controls and better network transparency, ostensibly providing improved corporate compliance or more helpful troubleshooting in the event of persistent network bottlenecks.
More specifically, Application Control has been tweaked to block web applications while shaping bandwidth. Astaro noted a completely new software engine powers Application Control, designating it as a true “next-gen firewall.” Interactive web reporting, meanwhile, allows for a “superior user experience” with more detailed information that can enable IT admins to make more informed decisions in the management of their network infrastructure and resources. Tying it all together is the new authentication agent, which now has the ability to authenticate by user name.
Lastly, with the version 8.2 update, Astaro is including a free trial of Astaro Log Management, its up-and-coming solution built for Astaro’s UTM. For the full rundown on all 60 new features, check out Astaro’s full release here, plus the deep-dive blog about the update. The update comes 100 percent free for current and existing customers.
For channel perspective, here’s a reminder: Astaro is now a Sophos company. When we covered the purchase of Sophos by Astaro, we also covered its ongoing efforts to merge its technologies together to create a best-of-breed and best-in-class security technology solution. I reached out to Astaro to see if Sophos had a hand in directing these new updates and the answer was a resounding ‘no.’ I was informed this update comes exclusively from Astaro, and Astaro had been working on these improvements for quite some time. That’s good news for Astaro VARs who wonder about Astaro’s autonomy over its product lineup in the future.