Astaro has launched a beta programme for its new unified security appliance and is tempting testers with free Wii gaming consoles.
Astaro has launched the beta of its Security Gateway V7.1 unified threat management (UTM) security appliance.
The latest release offers advanced web filtering based on a new HTTP proxy, which allows for extended functionality and significant performance improvements, said Astaro.
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In previous releases, Astaro has used Squid as an HTTP proxy, a system based on open source technology, but the company will now integrate a proprietary system to "increase efficiency", it said.
Replacing the old engine, the new proxy supports features like Directory Single-Sign-On via NTLMv2 and Kerberos authentication.
Other enhancements include a flexible combination of black and white list technologies, as well as streaming media capability to play audio and video data without interferences.
Using intelligent caching functionality, the new proxy's I/O model achieves performance improvements of up to 80%, said Astaro.
Beta participants providing information about their user experience have the chance of winning one of seven Nintendo Wii consoles.