Dell Launches New Security Appliances for SMBs

 
 
By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2010-07-28 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Dell-branded Unified Threat Management product line for network security centers on the Dell J-SRX Gateway, a do-it-all appliance that plugs into an IT system to handle multiple layers of security, including antivirus and anti-spam protection and intrusion detection.

Dell, already a go-to IT vendor for a great many small and midsize businesses, on July 28 introduced some new network and endpoint security appliances for SMBs co-developed with OEM partner Juniper Networks.

The Dell-branded Unified Threat Management product line for network security centers on the new Dell J-SRX Gateway, a do-it-all appliance that plugs into an IT system to handle multiple layers of security, including antivirus and anti-spam protection and intrusion detection.

The J-SRX, which comes in several versions to fit systems of different sizes, features a full suite of advanced network security services baked in.

The appliances provide firewall, VPN, intrusion prevention, anti-spam and antivirus protection, and Web filtering and are designed to replace legacy firewall or VPN devices, Dell Vice President Paulette Altmaier said.

For endpoint security, Dell is positioning its Kace K1000 Management Appliance as a lead-off product. The appliance handles a range of data life-cycle management duties, including system inventory, help desk and application deployment. Key security features include vulnerability assessment and remediation via patch management and configuration enforcement, Altmaier said.

The Kace box is also supposed to enable IT managers to more easily plan, execute and report on security compliance efforts on Windows and Mac operating systems. The K1000 includes the recently announced Dell Kace Secure Browser, which uses application virtualization to reduce Internet-based security risks.

Dell acquired Kace in February to add not only endpoint security but also application virtualization to its growing software portfolio.

According to Altmaier, Dell has established a partnership with SecureWorks, a global provider of information security services, to provide additional security services that will be available by the end of 2010.

Thus, Dell, Juniper Networks and SecureWorks have formed an alliance to provide Dell with security products and services in the future, she said.

"Previously, and currently, Dell's approach has been to offer all the major vendors [for security software], and we still do, but with our solution initiative as a company-and the security solution is very much an example of that-we are taking a strong Dell point of view," Altmaier told eWEEK.

"[The goal is] to provide a best-in-class offer, with ... Dell intellectual property as well as best-in-class partners. So we have a clear point of view with our overall solution strategy and with our security as well. This is because we've done the work to understand what midsize customers need, and we've targeted our solutions at the needs of midsize customers."

 
 
 
 
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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