Astaro Drops Its R&D-Led Roadmap

Astaro sells a line of low-cost unified threat protection appliances.

In the past, the company gained a reputation for developing its products "for engineers, by engineers." However, that way of planning the product roadmap has changed.

Astaro claims "600 new features" in three major releases over the past year -- versions 7.2, 7.3, 7.4. The features were chosen based on win/loss analysis and other customer requests -- no longer an R&D-led roadmap.

Astaro now uses Commtouch for spam control. For virus control, Astaro has dropped Kaspersky, which it says was too expensive and inaccurate.

Other notes from the meeting:

  • Moved to Postgres from MySQL
  • Added full https content inspection
    • Several options for deploying the proxy certificates to user PCs
  • Network balancing across several connections
  • Supports the proprietary Cisco IPsec client
    • So can have people move from obsolete Cisco PIX and ASA to Astaro
    • Supports iPhone VPN client (nice demo)

... Richi Jennings

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