Websense (“Finally”) Gets Appliance Religion

We sat down with Websense at the RSA Conference. The big announcement is that the company has finally come out with a prebuilt appliance.

It’s easy to be cynical. It wouldn’t be hard to see this as Websense being “late to the party.” Naturally, the company doesn’t view it that way.

Websense didn’t want to simply take its existing software platform and repurpose it onto a 19″ rackmounted server. It already has third parties that do that, which Websense says it’s happy with.

Websense saw the need for a complete platform refresh. We’re seeing the first fruits of this work in the new V10000 appliance.

  • It’s based around a virtualized environment, based on Linux and the Xen hypervisor.
  • The first version is simply a Web gateway/security proxy, but future add-ons will include DLP.
  • Customers will be able to run multiple instances on one box.
  • A new centralized management platform can control a mixture of appliances and the similar functionality provided by the Websense managed service (which is based on technology from the BlackSpider acquisition).

Richi Jennings

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