Home Business IT Security Kerio WinRoute Firewall no longer requires Windows
The latest version of Kerio WinRoute Firewall maintains the traditional freedom from hardware lock-in, but - despite the name - no longer runs under Windows.

Long established software firewall Kerio WinRoute Firewall 6.7.1 now ships as a appliance incorporating a hardened Linux operating system.

Two versions are available: a ISO image for use on dedicated hardware, and an OVF file for virtualised environments using VMware or other platforms.

"We have seen the powerful impact virtualisation has made on our own business and based on the success we have enjoyed with the virtualised version of our messaging product, it was a simple decision to offer virtual appliance versions of Kerio WinRoute Firewall," said Dusan Vitek, vice president of worldwide marketing.

The benefits, vice president of business development James Gudeli told iTWire, are that customers are free to choose the hardware that best suits their needs and commercial relationships, and that they can easily upgrade the hardware when required.

He explained that unnecessary services have been removed from the operating system to reduce vulnerabilities and to minimise the footprint. This approach also means there is no risk of incompatible applications being added to the system.

A firewall running in a virtualised environment makes it possible to run multiple appliances on one piece of hardware, or to quickly move the firewall from one box to another. It also allows deployment without affecting any existing infrastructure, Gudeli claimed.

What's the Australian experience with the product? See page 2.

Jason Drew, IT director and system architect at Kerio partner Secom Technology, said "the ability to run under a virtual machine has been outstanding."

Carrying out a hardware upgrade is a major operation with some vendors, he said, but it is quick and easy with WinRoute.

Furthermore, the virtualised WinRoute can be restored in a matter of minutes following a failure.

Drew said he has been installing the appliance version in less than 15 minutes, and that Kerio's wizard makes it possible to put a secure firewall in place within 20 minutes.

He plans to migrate at least some of his customers to the virtualised firewall just for the advantage of being able to quickly and easily failover to another piece of hardware.

Successive versions of WinRoute Firewall have received ICSA Labs certification since 2000, Gudeli said, and internal testing suggests version 6.7.1 will also be certified.

Pricing remains the same as previous versions - $US329 for 10 users, or $US395 with integrated McAfee Anti-Virus.


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