Feeds

Network security tailored to Small.biz

Simple enough?

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Next gen security for virtualised datacentres

The security demands that their larger supply chain partners place on small and medium businesses (SMBs) means that they will soon be burdened with organising and managing security for themselves to a greater extent and financial cost than they currently do.

For some, outsourcing is the solution. For others, keeping it in-house makes more sense.

For those who fall into the latter group, security appliance vendor Trustix could be an attractive option.

Trustix's solutions are based on Trustix Secure Linux, delivered as a hardened system with all non-essential services disabled. The current version has features such as IPSec VPN functionality (FreeS/WAN) that supports a variety of other vendors' implementations, a stand-alone shell for system recovery (sash), a mail reader (mutt), and locate to make it easier to find files, particularly if archiving.

Trustix Secure Linux is designed to perform a number of services, including firewall, mail server (including archiving and an anti-virus/spam option), proxy server, LAN server and Web server. While you could run all services on one box, the company rightly point out that the firewall should be run on a dedicated box, lest other services are compromised.

By aiming at the SMB marketplace, Trustix has made big efforts to simplify software administration. It offers an automatic remote update using standard XML and HTTP protocols and the ability to create security policies by a click with the mouse, connecting entities (servers, services, VPN tunnels, port forwarding and more) with arrows representing actions by the firewall. Administration of digital certificates is also handled by the graphical user interface wizard.

Even so, this could be a bit of a leery exercise for SMBs. Trustix's solution is part of IBM's Linux portfolio and delivered through IBM's channel partners.

Intriguingly, SSL VPN is not supported. Given that the audience is SMBs it seems incongruous that the easiest means of implementing a VPN is not available in the Trustix offering. And the company seems to have no plans to include SSL VPN. Despite this omission, there is sufficient functionality in the Trustix offering for it to be gaining tenure as a player in IBM's SMB solutions strategy.

An alternative to Trustix is Guardian Digital's Linux Lockbox, another Open Source network server appliance designed to serve as a complete secure Internet solution. Like Trustix Secure Linux, Lockbox offers secure Web management and is delivered in a way that requires little in-house Linux expertise, though it is light on the VPN and mail security side.

Larger organisations might be drawn more to Red Hat's Enterprise Linux Stronghold Enterprise is that also targeted at the secure web server market.

Stronghold Enterprise offers a rich set of features including support of multiple UNIX platforms such as Solaris, HP-UX, FreeBSD, and Tru64. It also supports OpenSSL used for information encryption and authentication of sites and clients with X509 digital certificates. It's positioning towards the enterprise level is confirmed by support for hardware-based cryptographic accelerator cards from nCipher, AEP, Baltimore, and Broadcom.

So, why might you go the Linux route, especially as a SMB? Trustix are convinced that a large market is opening up for them where NT4 users are looking for cost-effective alternatives to a discontinued product. The company finds that they are selling on the strengths of the functionality of their server and secure mail gateway capabilities, and the firewall and higher security capabilities are a bonus.

Overall, one can see a viable alternative to Microsoft's portfolio in the SMB security space. © IT-Analysis.com

The essential guide to IT transformation

More from The Register

next story
6 Obvious Reasons Why Facebook Will Ban This Article (Thank God)
Clampdown on clickbait ... and El Reg is OK with this
No, thank you. I will not code for the Caliphate
Some assignments, even the Bongster decline must
Barnes & Noble: Swallow a Samsung Nook tablet, please ... pretty please
Novelslab finally on sale with ($199 - $20) price tag
Banking apps: Handy, can grab all your money... and RIDDLED with coding flaws
Yep, that one place you'd hoped you wouldn't find 'em
Video of US journalist 'beheading' pulled from social media
Yanked footage featured British-accented attacker and US journo James Foley
Primetime precrime? Minority Report TV series 'being developed'
I have to know. I have to find out what happened to my life
Netflix swallows yet another bitter pill, inks peering deal with TWC
Net neutrality crusader once again pays up for priority access
Judge nixes HP deal for director amnesty after $8.8bn Autonomy snafu
Lawyers will have to earn their keep the hard way, says court
Ex-IBM CEO John Akers dies at 79
An era disrupted by the advent of the PC
prev story

Whitepapers

Top 10 endpoint backup mistakes
Avoid the ten endpoint backup mistakes to ensure that your critical corporate data is protected and end user productivity is improved.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Backing up distributed data
Eliminating the redundant use of bandwidth and storage capacity and application consolidation in the modern data center.
The essential guide to IT transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIOs automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.