Celestix Launches Series of Firewall, VPN, and Caching Security Appliances Based on Scorpio X and the 2006 ISA Firewall

MSA Product Line Delivers Unique Combination of Perimeter Security, Branch Office Connectivity and Web Caching in Easy to Use Appliances

FREMONT, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Celestix Networks Inc., developer of enterprise class security appliances, today announced the launch of seven different models of security appliances based on Microsoft Internet Security & Acceleration (ISA) Server 2006. These purpose-built appliances are designed to meet the rigorous reliability, performance and management standards of businesses of all sizes.

The new MSA series will be based on Celestix’s fourth generation Scorpio X appliance platform. The Scorpio X has been finely tuned to provide one of the most compelling price/performance ratio of any Microsoft ISA Server 2006 hardware platform. It will support such features as dual-core processors, gigabit Ethernet interfaces, dual-channel DDR2 memory, a 1066 MHz system bus, PCI Express x1 I/O ports, and Serial ATA hard drives.

New software additions to the MSA series include an advanced update process that allows end customers to apply patches associated with the operating system, ISA Server 2006, or supported third-parties. In addition, the Last Good Version feature allows customers to restore their configurations back to a known working state. These combined features set a new standard for manageability and ease of use with ISA Server-based appliances.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer the next generation of Celestix and Microsoft technologies to customers,” said Ravi Lingarkar, CEO of Celestix Networks. “Our development and architecture teams have done a tremendous job in listening to customer feedback and innovating on our MSA line. While we expect to see continued traction by selling into small to mid-sized markets, we are pleased to be able to offer ISA Server Enterprise Edition-based appliances to larger customers as well.”

Each Celestix security appliance is outfitted with a system locked pre-installation, which results in no requirement for an installation CD or licensing key. Initial configuration (setting IP addresses, etc.) is simplified with the use of a jog dial and LCD panel – a requirement in any datacenter. In disaster recovery scenarios, the jog dial can also be used as a one-button rollback mechanism to reset the unit to a factory default state. In addition, MSA appliances are configured with 6 front-facing network ports to enable multi-netting and ease cable connectivity.

“Our customers appreciate the wide range of options provided by the integration of Microsoft security solutions with OEM appliance partners, said Margaret Arakawa, senior director of Security and Access Product Marketing at Microsoft Corp. “Celestix has been quick to see the broad customer benefits of ISA Server 2006 and has built a compelling appliance solution based on ISA’s integrated edge security gateway.”

MSA appliances are commonly deployed on an enterprise perimeter, and provide optimal protection when securing Microsoft networking environments (such as Exchange Server) via application layer filtering. MSA appliances are often used to deliver URL and web filtering solutions by leveraging technology partners who integrate with ISA Server 2006. In addition, whether potentially connecting branch offices through VPNs or caching inbound/outbound LAN traffic, MSA devices provide the flexibility required for constantly evolving network requirements.

Pricing for the new Celestix MSA security appliances range between US$2,999 to US$13,999 list and will be available through either Celestix’s distributors or one of their authorized value added resellers. For more information on Celestix Networks’ MSA security appliances, visit www.celestix.com or contact Celestix Networks 510.668.0700.

About Celestix Networks

Celestix Networks is the premier developer of managed security appliances, offering a broad range, of ready to deploy security tuned appliances and turn-key security solutions. Celestix security appliances are designed to reduce product complexity and provide customers with less expensive, easy to use delivery platforms. Working closely with strategic partners, Celestix insures that its appliances have the breadth and depth of functions, features and performance to provide the best appliances and turnkey solutions to meet today’s demanding security needs. Founded in 1999, Celestix boasts a strong international presence, with offices in the US, UK, Singapore and a strong partner presence in Japan.

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For Celestix Networks Inc.
Neil Matz, 510-668-0700 ext. 261

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