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Wednesday, 29 February 2012 15:01

Kerio starts IPv6 journey with Kerio Control 7.3


The release of Kerio Connect 7.3 marks the company's first steps in providing IPv6 support in its UTM firewall.

With IPv6 deployments spreading, Kerio has added the first pieces of IPv6 support to its Kerio Control UTM (unified threat management) appliance.

Kerio Control 7.3 can act as an IPv6 router with a stateful firewall for IPv6 traffic. James Gudeli, vice president, business development, pointed out that where IPv4 networks generally 'hide' devices behind NAT, IPv6 can make everything addressable from the outside world, so a perimeter firewall is a critical part of an IPv6 deployment.

Kerio Control 7.3 allows requested IPv6 traffic through the firewall, while blocking unsolicited and potentially hostile traffic. The new version simultaneously routes IPv4 and IPv6 traffic, providing security while administrators test and prepare for IPv6 deployment.

Kerio Control 7.3 supports IPv6 in its software appliance, virtual appliance (VMware or Parallels), and physical appliance forms, and when run on Windows Vista or later and Windows Server 2008 or later.

Mr Gudeli described the release as a first step towards the company's goal of providing IPv6 counterparts to all of Kerio Control's IPv4 capabilities. Kerio will continue to add features over time, he said.

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Other enhancements to version 7.3 include changes to the web administration console to support iPad, the option of emailing reports generated by StaR (Control's statistics and reporting function), and daily (rather than weekly) IPS blacklist updates.

VPN clients for Windows, Mac and Linux are included, with unlimited site-to-site tunnels.

Packaged with Sophos AntiVirus and the Kerio Web Filter, Kerio Control 7.3 costs $310 for a five-user licence, with extra seats costing $35 each. The Kerio Control Box hardware appliance (only available in the US, Canada and EU) costs $US1000 for the 1100 version, or $US1700 for the 3100.

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