I spent the last week at the worldwide Microsoft MVP conference and got to meet a lot of new ISA Firewall MVPs! It was great. We got to talk a lot about the ISA Firewall, not only the current version, but what's coming ahead with future versions of the ISA Firewall. I'd like to tell you what I heard about what's in store for the next version of the ISA Firewall, but you're going to have to wait for a while, because everything about the next version is NDA -- which means that I can't tell you anything much.
However, one thing that I can tell you is that many of the features that you've been asking for to be included in the ISA Firewall are going to be included in the next version! Unfortunately, I can't tell you which ones just yet 🙂
We got a lot of information about the IAG 2007, which is the SSL VPN solution Microsoft purchased from Whale last year. The IAG 2007 actually has the 2006 ISA Firewall installed on it, so it will work great as an edge device in your organization.
Something I'll talk about later in more detail, is a presentation that we got from the MSIT group on how they've deployed the ISA Firewall. The key takeaway is that they do not use any other firewall other than the ISA Firewall. Now, if Microsoft trusts it's network security to the ISA Firewall, why shouldn't any other organization? It always kills me when some small-fry Cisco guy says he can't trust the security of the ISA Firewall, when a company like Microsoft, on which must of the world economy depends, trusts it's network security to the ISA Firewall. Think about it and let your "network guys" know that they need to change their thinking or consider a career in truck driving 🙂