Network Engines ups Blue Coat challenge

Security appliance developer Network Engines Inc will launch a new range of devices next month, targeted at the enterprise market and based on the Enterprise Edition of Microsoft’s Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) server platform.

The Canton, Massachusetts-based company’s portfolio of NS Series appliance runs on the Standard Edition of ISA, with models that range from the NS6250i for the SMB market, with support for around 100 users and a list price around the $3,000 mark, to the NS8400, with support for up to 4,500 users and a price tag around $17,000

With the launch of the Enterprise Edition, Network Engines will be unveiling "more of a new family" than an extension to the existing on, argued Gareth Green, the company’s GM for EMEA and APAC, in that it will target the distributed enterprise market, touting the ability for centralized management that the new version of the OS will enable.

The other major difference with Enterprise is that it supports up to 32-node clustering, such that very large enterprises will be able to deploy multiples of the high-end of the new range in clustered configurations, rather than having to acquire a huge monolithic one, he went on. No pricing for the new devices was available

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