Microsoft Announces Signing Partners for ISA Firewall based IAG 2007

Microsoft on Thursday began shipping Intelligent Application Gateway (IAG) 2007, a product that represents the first step towards integrating the technology from its acquisition last July of Whale Communications.

IAG 2007 marries Whale's SSL VPN and Web application firewall technologies with Microsoft's Internet Security and Acceleration Server (ISA), said Joel Sloss, senior product manager for Microsoft Edge Security and Access Products group.

Before the acquisition, Whale shipped its own hardware, in the form of a dual server with an e-Gap switch in between, Sloss noted. Now, IAG 2007 and ISA run on the same server under a single motherboard, and the gateway includes functionality such as traffic routing and network firewall, he added.

"ISA Server is taking the place of the e-Gap switch component to provide network separation on a single appliance," Sloss said.

IAG 2007 is available only as an appliance, and Microsoft's OEM partners will provide the hardware frontline services and support for the product, said Sloss. The Redmond, Wash.-based vendor has partnered with Network Engines and Celestix Networks and is looking for additional partners, he said.

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Deb Shinder

Debra Littlejohn Shinder is a technology and security analyst and author specializing in identity, security and cybercrime, utilizing her past experience as a police officer and police academy/criminal justice instructor. She has written numerous books and articles for web and print publications and has been awarded the Microsoft MVP designation for fourteen years in a row.

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