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Kerio Updates UTM Appliance for Cloud and Virtual Networks

Kerio Technologies, a San Jose, California-based IT infrastructure solutions provider, has updated its unified threat management appliance to simplify network management of cloud and virtual networks.

The new Kerio Control 7.4 features VLAN support to segment large networks into smaller isolated networks without having to deploy additional switches and routers, the company said Tuesday. VLANs traditionally have been used by larger networks, but the bring-your-own-device trend means smaller networks are becoming increasingly complex. Kerio Control allows IT administrators to separate corporate networks into manageable segments to keep the data secure, the company said.

Employees are often accessing corporate resources and applications with two or three different devices, and the corporate network often includes multiple wireless access points. IT managers are struggling to manage all the devices and access policies to keep the network secure.

“Kerio Control 7.4 comes at a time when corporate networks are going through interesting changes,” said James Gudeli, vice president of business development at Kerio Technologies.

Kerio Web Filter, an optional module that prevents users from visiting known malicious Websites, now features HTTPS support and embedded URL filtering. Kerio Control,also offers VPN access for all users. VPN clients for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X are available.

Kerio also shifted Kerio Control's underlying operating system away from Windows to a hardened Linux OS in order to focus on security. Since many Kerio customers have made substantial investments in Windows for their environments, Kerio added Hyper-V support to Kerio Control. Customers can use the hypervisor to run the Linux virtual appliance on Windows servers.

Kerio Control 7.4 offers “new features that support these advanced networks and IT environments while still meeting the needs of our legacy customers,” Gudeli said.

Available immediately, the base license for the Kerio Control software includes five users and is priced at $265, with additional users at $26 each. Hardware appliances start at $1,000 USD for the Kerio Control Box 1110, which supports 5 users. The appliance includes the Sophos gateway antivirus and Kerio Control Web Filter.

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Fahmida Y. Rashid is a Senior Contributing Writer for SecurityWeek. She has experience writing and reviewing security, core Internet infrastructure, open source, networking, and storage. Before setting out her journalism shingle, she spent nine years as a help-desk technician, software and Web application developer, network administrator, and technology consultant.