New zSeries appliances, updated software platform target SMBs
Network security vendor Untangle this week rolled out a handful of additions to its zSeries line of appliances, along with a point upgrade to its interface software that improves content filtering and IDS/IPS capabilities.
The Lowdown: The five new zSeries appliances range from small desktop models to 1U rack-mount servers, plus a new wireless option. All come loaded with the new version of the Untangle NG Firewall software, 14.2, which adds enhancements to Web security and content filtering, the ability to synchronize users with Azure Active Directory, and improvements to the platform’s intrusion detection and prevention capabilities.
The Details: Specific Web security and content filtering enhancements in the new wares include:
● Flagging, blocking, and alerting based on search terms for Google, YouTube, Yahoo, Bing, and Ask
● Enforcement of safe search for YouTube, with the ability to log searches and lock down usage to show only content that meets the safe search criteria
● Enhanced malware detection to block attacks originating from Web browsing
The new Untangle zSeries appliances are available now. The wireless appliance, z4w, is available in the United States only. Untangle NG Firewall 14.2 is available as a free upgrade for existing customers.
Background: Untangle solutions are aimed primarily at MSPs that serve SMB clients, as well as larger organizations with multiple remote locations.
The Buzz: “The zSeries offers a simplified lineup to suit customers from branch offices to large campuses. Key upgrades available with the zSeries include faster processors, more RAM, NVMe SSD storage on the z6 and above, and fiber connectivity on the z12 and above,” said Heather Paunet, vice president of product management at Untangle. “It’s never been easier to deploy cost-effective, cloud-managed network security across dispersed networks while ensuring a consistent security posture for organizations of any size.”