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Microsoft division chooses rival product

Microsoft SQL Labs, a division of the software giant, has opted to use a security appliance from NetScreen Technologies in favour of Microsoft’s own product.

Microsoft SQL Labs, a division of the software giant, has opted to use a security appliance from NetScreen Technologies in favour of Microsoft’s own product.

SQL Labs is using NetScreen’s 500 series security appliance to defend its network against worm attacks. However, Microsoft's Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server, which was the company’s first product aimed at the security market, includes features such as an "enterprise-class" firewall and a Web cache.

On Microsoft's ISA Server web site is a list of the top 10 reasons why businesses should use it. The No. 1 reason is that the "ISA Server is an ... enterprise firewall and secure application gateway designed to protect the enterprise network from hacker intrusion and malicious worms."

Despite this, Microsoft’s SQL Labs are using NetScreen 500 to "quickly ... eradicate the (Nimda) viruses from our labs and identify infected machines outside the lab so we could notify them and effectively stop the spread," Mark Jackson, SQL network engineer at Microsoft's SQL Labs, said in a NetScreen press release.

IDG News Service sort further comment from Microsoft, but none was forthcoming.

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