Introducing RoadBLOCK Security Firewall – An Advanced Intelligent Network Security Appliance for the 21st Century

United Kingdom/25 June 2004/PRMinds / RimApp Technologies Showcases RoadBLOCK based on Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2004 at Microsoft Tech-Ed Europe.

Amsterdam, Netherlands, June 29, 2004 RimApp Technologies Ltd, a specialist in Software Development, Specialised IT Appliance Development and Network Design & Implementation, 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.

The RoadBLOCK appliance based on ISA Server 2004 will be on exhibit at the Microsoft Tech-Ed 2004 Conference in Amsterdam from 29 June 02 July in the Microsoft Ask the Experts Pavilion ISA booth at Tech-Ed EMEA.

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 world-wide 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 comprensive one stop management point that enables even the new-to-RoadBLOCK administrator to quickly learn firewall administration tasks. There are a number of added features included with the RoadBLOCK that simplify management of the appliance.

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 misconfiguration 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.

“As our products show, GFI firmly believes that the way forward in network protection is to have multi-layered security. RimApp is now taking this approach a step further by incorporating our network and content security products in their new firewall appliance. An appliance that includes integrated vital security products to tackle different aspects of network defense – and support from one company – will make it easier for companies to achieve the right level of security,” said Nick Galea, GFI CEO.

The RoadBLOCK firewall isn’t your grandfather’s packet filter-based firewall, where you open and close ports . The RoadBLOCK taps the advanced protection capabilities of ISA Server 2004 to provide deep, stateful application layer protection required to protect 21st century networks

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.

About RimApp Technologies Ltd

RimApp Technologies, a Microsoft technology-focused company, is located in the United Kingdom and currently employs software and network engineers with a broad spectrum of expertise and experience.. Demonstrating its proven competence in Microsoft technologies, RimApp Technologies is a Microsoft Certified Partner.

RimApp Technologies Ltd operates primarily in the Software Development, Network Design and Implementation, Specialised IT Appliance Development, and Support services. Prior to entering the network appliance market, RimApp focused on developing specialised software and network solutions for all sizes and types of businesses.

RimApp develops cost-effective, high quality, easy to use and innovative products and solutions for the SMB and Enterprise business market, thereby reducing TCO. Our mission is to serve the business market at every level by providing customers with Products and services focused on improving business productivity. (Hence our motto – Simplifying IT Integration)

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