May 22, 2006 Dear valued RainWall and RainConnect customer: This letter is to inform you that after careful consideration, EMC has decided to halt the sale of RainWall and RainConnect, the high availability solution for Microsoft ISA Server and CheckPoint firewalls. EMC customers of the Rainfinity Global File Virtualization (GFV), formerly known as RainStorage, are not impacted by this announcement. Rainfinity GFV customers will continue to receive engineering and technical support for one of EMC’s most successful and strategic new products. For any Rainfinity GFV questions, please contact an EMC Sales Representative. Customers with a current RainWall or RainConnect Support Agreement will receive continued technical support assistance throughout the duration of their Support Agreement. EMC will continue to honor existing multi-year Support Agreements. EMC will continue to evaluate the business requirements for ongoing firewall application and operating system currency. Customers can renew existing Support Agreements or technical support pro-rated to December 31, 2007. End-of-Life service may extend due to contractual obligations. As always, we are committed to answering your questions and quickly resolving any issues that you may have. For assistance throughout this process, please contact us at: RainWall and RainConnect Sales/Business Support: +1-408-382-5000 or 1-877-RAIN-333 Email: email@example.com Technical Support: +1-408-382-5069 or 1-800-479-9880 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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I was very sad to hear that EMC would not be continuing the Rainwall product. We have been using it very happilly for over a year now.
We are running two ISA 2004 standard servers with 5 nics each in a clustered configuration (ie. both ISAs connected to the same 5 networks and sharing the load, not a reference to any form of MS Clustering) and rainwall clustering is what has allowed us to have a virtual ip on each network that the servers on each network use as their default gateway while avoiding asynchronous routing issues. This has worked extremely well with no problems to date.
Does any one have any suggestions for alternatives now that we need to replace Rainwall ?
Firewall sandwiching with load balancers is not a solution when you are trying to talk through the firewalls from multiple directions and at the time i thought that NLB could only present VIP's in two directions and did not have proper bidirectional affinity. Please correct me if this is not the case.
Rainwall will be missed and we will continue with it for as long as we can...