Untangle Targets SMBs with Open-Source Security Platform
Untangle is offering an open-source platform designed to unify network security products for SMBs.Untangle aims to straighten out network security for small and midsize businesses with an open-source version of its core product. The Untangle Gateway Platform is now licensed under General Public License v2, and provides open-source advocates with a new tool for blocking spam, spyware, viruses, adware and unwanted content on their networks. Company officials said the offering gives SMB customers and channel partners an alternative to more expensive, proprietary appliances from vendors like SonicWall and WatchGuard Technologies. "In a nutshell, this means the software is free to use, modify and even distribute," said Raul Mujica, vice president of marketing for Untangle, based in San Mateo, Calif. "No restrictions. It means more businesses, especially SMBs, will be able to use the latest and best network security software in an easy-to-use package."
The Untangle Gateway Platform is built around more than 30 open-source projects, including SpamAssassin, ClamAV and Snort, and the complete system can be downloaded, installed and configured in less than 1 hour, company officials said.