Astaro and Sensory Networks Partner to Deliver Solution for Accelerated Content Scanning for Network Security

WASHINGTON D.C., 1st November, 2004: Sensory Networks, the leading developer of hardware acceleration technology for network security applications, and Astaro, the leading provider of Open-Source based security software, today announced a partnership to integrate Astaro Security Linux with Sensory Networks NodalCore acceleration technology to deliver a revolutionary hardware-accelerated security solution.

Astaro provides an integrated platform for integrating and managing security applications. Astaro Security Linux provides six critical network security applications in one package: firewall, VPN gateway, Intrusion Protection, anti-virus, spam blocking and URL filtering. Sensory Networks provides hardware acceleration technology that dramatically increases throughput for scanning network traffic to filter out viruses, worms, spam, web content, application-based attacks, and other security threats.

Together, Astaro and Sensory Networks will provide access to hardware acceleration for network security functions in a complete and unified framework based on Linux. This framework will make hardware performance accessible to applications developers, systems integrators, and OEMs within a framework of unprecedented elegance and performance.

“Astaro’s software has always featured exceptional ease of administration, flexibility and affordability”, said Jan Hichert, CEO of Astaro, “Now the innovative acceleration technology of Sensory Networks will let us bring comprehensive and easy-to-manage security to partners and customers who require very high levels of performance”.

“This partnership is groundbreaking in that for the first time, application developers will have access simultaneously to both the market leading firewall solution and acceleration technology”, said Matt Barrie, CEO Sensory Networks, “By developing for the Astaro application framework, developers gain access to both an excellent distribution channel and gigabit levels of performance”.

Astaro Security Linux and Sensory Networks? technology partnership will be on display at the CSI NetSec Computer Security Conference and Exhibition, Washington DC, November 8, 2004 (Booth #804). For further details or a demonstration please contact Deepak Puri at (415) 606 4416 or by email at

About Astaro
Astaro develops Astaro Security Linux, a gateway security product that provides six critical security applications fully integrated on a single management platform. The company was founded in January 2000 and today is co-headquartered in Burlington, Mass. and Karlsruhe, Germany. Astaro’s software has won numerous industry awards, and is protecting over 20,000 networks in 60 countries, including such companies as Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Los Alamos National Labs, Stanford University and Watsco, Inc. Astaro Security Linux is distributed by a worldwide network of 350 solutions partners who offer local support and services. NOTE: Astaro” is a trademark of Astaro AG.

About Sensory Networks
Sensory Networks is a leading provider of higher performance, more accurate, deeper coverage network security technology. Sensory Networks is an OEM licensing company producing a range of platforms and accelerators for Antivirus, Antispam, Content Filtering, Firewall and Intrusion Detection Systems, based on the company’s patent pending NodalCore(TM) technology. Sensory Networks is headquartered in Palo Alto, California, has European offices in Notting Hill, London and performs research and development through its facilities in Sydney, Australia. Investors in Sensory Networks include JAFCO Investment (Asia Pacific), the private equity arm of Deutsche Asset Management, Technology Venture Partners and Allen & Buckeridge.

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