New RoadBLOCK Firewall Based on Microsoft's ISA Server 2004

Intelligent network security appliance provides advanced application-layer firewall, VPN, Web cache capabilities

Amsterdam, Netherlands, June 29, 2004 RimApp Technologies Ltd today announced the launch of RoadBLOCK™ Firewall Appliance based on Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2004. RoadBLOCK™ is an intelligent network security appliance providing advanced application-layer firewall, VPN, Web cache capabilities in a dedicated hardware security solution. A range of products will be available to suit both SMB and enterprise businesses.

ISA Server 2004, part of Windows Server System™, is the advanced stateful inspection application layer firewall, virtual private networking (VPN) and Web cache software solution that enables customers to easily maximize existing IT investments by improving network security and performance.

Because RoadBLOCK™ is based on Microsoft ISA Server 2004 it provides new levels of advanced application protection, ease of use and fast, secure access in a dedicated, cost effective solution. RoadBLOCK™ product highlights include:

  • Pre-installed, Pre-Hardened, Optimised and Verified Appliance

  • Based on Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and ISA 2004

  • Comprehensive ease of use management tools including RimApp’s RDA WEB-UI™ (RoadBLOCK Appliance Web User Interface)

  • Multi-layered Firewall Security – packet filtering, stateful filtering, and stateful Application Layer Inspection (ALI)

  • A choice of form factors and configurations – Desktop or 1U Rack Mount

  • Available in 4 Languages – English, French, German and Spanish

  • Get up-and-running with the RoadBLOCK™ firewall appliance in less than 20mins

  • Provides superior protection for networks running Microsoft applications such as Exchange, IIS, Active Directory and more.

The RoadBLOCK™ Firewall includes enhanced security and ease of management tools, powered by GFI, a leading worldwide developer of messaging, content security, and network security software. These include: E-mail anti-virus and content checking, Web content checking, intrusion detection, anti-Trojan, anti-spam, disclaimers, mail archiving; real-time Web monitoring; Web download anti-virus; and security scanning and patch management.

In addition, RoadBLOCK’s™ unique RDA WEB-UI™ Web interface helps provide a secure, intuitive, and comprehensive one-stop management point that enables even the new-to-RoadBLOCK™ administrator to quickly learn firewall administration tasks. Other features included with RoadBLOCK™ simplify appliance management.

“We’ve designed the RoadBLOCK™ appliance with a Web interface, RDA WEB-UI™ that makes this ISA Server based firewall, VPN and Web caching solution extremely easy to implement and manage,” said Andrew Peterson, Head of marketing at RimApp Technologies. “Assuring ease of use is critical today because network and perimeter security is becoming increasingly complex, and most current solutions are too complicated which can lead to mis-configuration – a culprit of many security breaches.”

"Customers have told us they need cutting-edge solutions to help them contend with increasingly sophisticated and persistent attacks that target applications,” said Steve Brown, director of product management in Microsoft’s Security Business and Technology Unit. “Solutions such as the RoadBLOCK™ security appliance built on ISA Server 2004 can help customers more easily and effectively protect their systems and applications against new and emerging threats.”

The RoadBLOCK™ product matrix incorporates a Desktop and 1U Rack Series for use by small to medium-size business and branch offices, an Enterprise 1U Rack Series – Dual Processor for medium to large business enterprise and a 1U Rack Series – Caching Appliance.

“RimApp’s RoadBLOCK™ Security Firewall sets the bar for stateful application layer filtering firewall appliances,” comments Dr Thomas Shinder, Microsoft Security and Firewall expert. “The ISA Server 2004 based RoadBLOCK™ solution includes everything that firewall administrators expect from a firewall appliance: headless operation, secure remote Web-based administration and extremely easy setup and maintenance.”

The RoadBLOCK’s™ Web interface provides centralized Web management for each and every ISA Server 2004 firewall feature. RimApp's RoadBLOCK™ Web-based administration tool makes complex firewall configuration tasks simple by using everyday language.

Price and availability

The RoadBLOCK™ firewall will be available in the third quarter of 2004 from strategic European \ Global VARs and Directly from RimApp beginning at an estimated SRP price of $2,300 or €1,900.

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