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Axent To Develop Linux Firewall With Cobalt

E-security vendor Axent Technologies Inc. today unveiled a partnership with Cobalt Networks Inc. under which the companies will produce a Linux firewall and virtual private network appliance for small to midsize companies, branch offices, and service providers.

The product will be based on Axent's Raptor and PowerVPN software and Cobalt's RaQ 3 server appliance. Company executives say the appliance will provide users with a low-cost enterprise-class solution without the hassles usually associated with installation, configuration, and maintenance of traditional firewall products.

Howard Lev, product manager for the Axent/Cobalt appliance, says the total hardware and software costs will be much less than the sum of the pieces. "Companies will save money because the operating system is pre-installed, pre-configured and so is the firewall. All the system administrator has to do is set up its policies and the appliance can be up and running within 15 minutes," he says.

The companies are targeting a fast-growing market. A recent DataQuest study predicts Linux server appliances will represent 24% of the server appliance market by 2003, growing at a rate of approximately 72% annually.

The appliance, which will be configured based on the number of users, also consists of a Raptor management console that can manage geographically dispersed appliances on the WAN via the Web, allowing large companies to manage the firewalls of branch offices from a centralized location at headquarters.

The firewall appliance will be available through Cobalt, Axent, and resellers in the third quarter and will be priced at less than $5,000.

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