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Stonesoft Announces StoneBeatź FullCluster for Microsoft ISA Server
Product combination ensures 7x24 availability of secure, fast Internet connections
while enabling online maintainability
HELSINKI, Finland / ATLANTA ¨ August 13, 2001¨Stonesoft Corporation (HEX: SFT1V) today announced that StonesoftĂs StoneBeat product line now supports MicrosoftĂs Internet Security & Acceleration (ISA) Server 2000 for multi-server clustering, thereby ensuring high availability while also streamlining maintenance operations. StoneBeat FullCluster is an industry-proven high availability and load balancing solution providing scalability, fault tolerance and an advanced application test subsystem.
With StoneBeat FullCluster for Microsoft ISA Server, IT administrators can combine two or more ISA Servers, utilizing StoneBeat FullCluster to form a single virtual ISA Server. The solution provides efficient means to recovery from software and hardware failures, and allows normal maintenance operations ű hardware updates, software upgrades and server re-booting ű to take place, even during peak business hours, without connectivity outages. The combined solution ensures the availability of secure, fast Internet connections for any company that does business on the Internet.
˘We are very pleased with StonesoftĂs support of ISA Server,÷ said Nevet Basker, director of business development at Microsoft Corp. ˘High-availability and robust traffic management of secure, fast Internet connectivity is critical to the success of any company. The network-level scalability of StoneBeat FullCluster complements the array functionality and enterprise-wide policy and administration offered by ISA Server Enterprise Edition.÷
˘Our strategic relationship with Microsoft is the latest example of how widely accepted the StoneBeat technology is,÷ said Panu Wilska, vice president of the solutions development group for Stonesoft Corporation. ˘By providing our support for ISA Server, we support ISA Server's position as a scalable security solution and further strengthen our position as provider of scalable clustering solutions.÷
StoneBeat FullCluster supports both the standard and enterprise editions of Microsoft ISA Server and will be commercially available in September. It will be exhibited at Networld+Interop 2001 Atlanta, Sept. 11-13 (Stonesoft Booth # 1756 and at the Microsoft Partner Pavilion).
About Microsoft ISA Server
MicrosoftĂs Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2000 is an enterprise firewall and Web cache server that enables IT administrators for businesses of all sizes to provide controlled, secure and fast Internet access for their organization. Building on the security and manageability of MicrosoftĂs Windows 2000 platform, ISA Server provides a sophisticated multi-layer enterprise firewall and a high-performance Web cache to control, secure and accelerate business on the Internet. ISA Server is part of the Microsoft Windows .NET platform, geared to empower companies of any size to Internet-enable their businesses and to allow developers to build products for the next generation of services that will be available on the Web. For more information on ISA Server, or to download an evaluation version of the product, go to www.microsoft.com\ISAServer.
About StoneBeat FullCluster
StonesoftĂs StoneBeat FullCluster for ISA Server is a total clustering solution that addresses five of the most critical issues to data security administrators: scalability, load balancing, fault tolerance, online maintenance and transparency. StoneBeat FullCluster for ISA Server effectively prevents the firewall and Web cache server from becoming a single point of failure or a performance bottleneck in Internet-based business networks by providing a scalable, load balancing solution that enables online maintenance. StoneBeat FullCluster for ISA Server automatically balances the load in such a way that no single firewall node is overloaded.
StonesoftĂs StoneBeat solutions can be found wherever total reliability is required in an enterprise network strategy. StoneBeat customers include telecommunications companies, financial institutions, Fortune 500 companies, multinational companies and federal and foreign governments. StoneBeat is used in virtually every major business, industry and public service environment. Other products in the StoneBeat product family include StoneBeat FullCluster products for firewalls, StoneBeat ServerCluster, StoneBeat SecurityCluster Í and StoneBeat WebClusterÍ.