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Issue Date: March 2008

Astaro Security Technology facilitates greener networks

13 March 2008

Biodata IT, local distributor of Astaro, confirms that the company's technology allows customers to remove up to 10 standalone threat management products and replace them with a single unit. The knock on effect of which is limiting waste and reducing the electricity required to power network security applications by between 50% to 1000%, depending on the number of point products currently used, the size of the solutions, and their respective power draw.
To ensure uptime and business continuity through continuous operation in the event of a failure, many security installations deploy dual products in a high-availability or clustered mode. This practice can double or triple the number of devices drawing power.
"After a period of anywhere between one and three years, many of these network appliances in a company's IT environment, which are usually ASIC-based (purpose-built for the environment), must be retired and ultimately discarded since they cannot be re-used," says Ingrid Reimschüssel from Biodata. "This increases the amount of waste created within the department."
Since Astaro is also available as a software ISO, users are given the added flexibility to deploy their solution on their existing hardware, and remove the need to field additional physical appliances. Enterprise managers can also virtualise the Astaro Security Gateway using a pre-installed and pre-configured Astaro Security Gateway image that can run with minimal installation, allowing for all security applications to run on a single, VMware platform.
"This process results in a green network environment that produces zero additional pollution and waste," ends Reimschüssel.

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