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RoadBlock Security Firewall
RimApp Technologies releases an intelligent network security appliance.
Janaya Reitz

September 15, 2004

RimApp Technologies, a specialist in software development, specialized IT appliance development, and network design and implementation, has launched the RoadBlock firewall appliance, which is based on the Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2004. RoadBlock is an intelligent network security appliance that provides advanced application-layer firewall, VPN, and Web cache capabilities in a dedicated hardware security solution. A range of products will be available to suit both small- to medium-size businesses, as well as enterprise businesses.

ISA Server 2004, part of Windows Server System, is the stateful inspection application layer firewall, virtual private networking (VPN), and Web cache software solution that enables customers to maximize existing IT investments by improving network security and performance.

RoadBlock provides new levels of application protection; ease of use; and fast, secure access in a dedicated, cost-effective solution. It features comprehensive management tools such as RimApp's RDA WEB-UI (RoadBlock Appliance Web User Interface). This interface provides a secure, intuitive, and comprehensive management point that helps even the new-to-RoadBlock administrator learn firewall administration tasks quickly.

"Customers have told us they need cutting-edge solutions to help them contend with increasingly sophisticated and persistent attacks that target applications," said Steve Brown, director of product management in Microsoft's Security Business and Technology Unit. "Solutions such as the RoadBlock security appliance can help customers more easily and effectively protect their systems and applications against new and emerging threats."

The RoadBlock firewall includes security tools powered by GFI, a developer of messaging, content security, and network security software. These tools include e-mail antivirus and content checking; Web content checking; intrusion detection; and security scanning and patch management.

"RimApp's RoadBlock security firewall sets the bar for stateful application layer filtering firewall appliances," commented Thomas Shinder, Microsoft security and firewall expert. "The RoadBlock solution includes everything that firewall administrators expect from a firewall appliance: headless operation, secure remote Web-based administration, and easy setup and maintenance."

The Web interface provides centralized Web management for each ISA Server 2004 firewall feature. RimApp's RoadBlock Web-based administration tool makes complex firewall configuration tasks simple by using everyday language.

RoadBlock will be available in the third quarter of 2004 beginning at an estimated price of $2,300.

RimApp Technologies Ltd.
Tel: +44 (0)845 6585 003
Fax: +44 (0)845 6586 006

IBM Unveils New Software Development Capabilities
IBM has announced plans for new capabilities that are expected to be available in the IBM Software Development Platform by the end of 2004. The new software development solutions are designed to help organizations innovate and increase their productivity by improving communication and automating the activities that span line-of-business, development, and operations teams.

At the Rational Software Development User Conference in July, Mike Devlin, general manager of IBM Rational, demonstrated these new capabilities during his keynote and discussed examples of companies that have innovated and gained a competitive advantage by embracing a business-driven approach to software development. Through business-driven development, organizations can improve their ability to achieve greater value from all their assets, including business processes, legacy systems, middleware, software components, and other intellectual property.

"By utilizing the IBM Software Development Platform to tightly link their business, development, and operations teams, clients can optimize business value, accelerate software development, and better leverage runtime platforms and IBM middleware," Devlin said.

Many of the new capabilities in the IBM Software Development Platform are based on Eclipse 3.0 technologies designed to provide a vendor-neutral framework for sharing development artifacts. These artifacts include requirements, models, code, test cases and defects.

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