Symantec secures open source servers

Symantec has expanded its portfolio of security products yet further with the release of its enterprise firewall for IBM’s eServer iSeries 270 boxes, which run the Linux operating system.

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By  Matthew Southwell Published  May 27, 2003

Symantec has expanded its portfolio of security products yet further with the release of its enterprise firewall for IBM’s eServer iSeries 270 boxes, which run the Linux operating system. As with its other firewall offerings, the new Symantec solution protects corporate assets and transactions by ensuring secure connections with the internet and between networks.

Additionally, the vendor claims that the Enterprise Firewall for IBM iSeries enables fast and controlled connectivity, thereby providing maximum protection against unwanted intrusion while enabling the flow of approved business traffic.

The Symantec Enterprise Firewall for iSeries includes a hardened Linux operating system, within the application. It is designed to provide users with a virtual firewall appliance to run directly on one of the logical partitions (LPAR), which are specific to the iSeries. This design enables flexibility and resource sharing for a more simplified, manageable, and secure environment.

“The ability to run Symantec Enterprise Firewall directly on an iSeries logical partition now gives our customers an even greater level of e-business security,” says Joann Duguid, vice president, IBM eServer SMB.

The intoduction of the new firewall should lower costs for companies, as they will no longer require separate firewalls for their Big Blue servers.

“Protecting the IBM iSeries used to require a separate firewall server or appliance… [However,] with the introduction of Symantec Enterprise Firewall for IBM iSeries, organisations can improve total cost of ownership by eliminating the need for a separate firewall server or appliance and its associated management software or platform,” explains Kevin Isaac, regional director for Middle East & Africa at Symantec.

Symantec plans to expand its firewall support to other IBM iSeries offerings over the course of this year.

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