Microsoft Closes Whale Buy, Reveals Road Map

Microsoft plans to continue offering a product that combines Microsoft’s ISA Server 2004 firewall with the Whale Intelligent Application Gateway, which the two companies began offering together in December 2005, Brown said. Microsoft will update that product based on the ISA Server 2006 firewall, the next version of ISA Server, by the end of 2006 or in early 2007.

By late 2007, around the same time Microsoft will offer the next version of Windows Server, code-named Longhorn, Microsoft will integrate technology from Whale’s products with the ISA firewall in a network edge security product that will be a part of Microsoft’s Forefront portfolio, Brown said. Microsoft rebranded its security products under the Forefront moniker at its TechEd conference in Boston in June.

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