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Novell launched the Novell Security Manager at last week's RSA conference. It is aimed at small and medium-sized businesses.
Jointly developed with German firm Astaro, the appliance runs a hardened, cut-down version of SuSE Linux and integrates with Novell eDirectory for authentication and URL filtering.
Rik van Bruggen, Novell's director of solution management and marketing, said, "It is a firewall, a virtual private network intrusion and spam filter, and a content filter. This is unified threat management - the customer really does not want to manage separate platforms and machines for each of these threats."
Van Bruggen said the reason few suppliers have combined these security features into a single device previously was that the technology has not been sophisticated enough.
"The unified threat management market is an emerging market - many people are still looking at threat management as a series of isolated solutions: Checkpoint for firewalling, Symantec for virus security and so on."
Sonicwall is another supplier that offers unified threat management, including security appliances that support firewalls, VPNs, intrusion prevention, anti-virus, content filtering and a global management system applications.