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KEMP adds new security features to load balancers to fill the gap left by discontinued Microsoft Threat Management Gateway
LoadMaster family gets Pre-Authorisation, Single Sign-On (SSO) and Persistent Logging at no additional cost
As companies increase their deployment of web-facing applications, there is an increasing need for load balancers to provide high availability and minimize application security threats. "Microsoft may have withdrawn its Forefront TMG from the market, but businesses still need to protect applications such as Exchange and SharePoint from unauthorized use," said Peter Melerud, EVP of product management at KEMP Technologies. "The addition of the Edge Security Pack will deliver superior protection alongside high-performance, reliable and scalable load balancing for the increasing number of hardware or virtual servers used to support the growth in Internet-facing applications."
The new security capabilities build on existing core technologies in the KEMP LoadMaster range such as the reverse proxy function and include:
- End Point Authentication for Pre-Authorisation
To access virtual services on the LoadMaster, clients must provide authentication information to validate the client's right to access workload servers using Active Directory. When successfully authenticated, the client can access the service or will be blocked until valid credentials are provided.
- Persistent Logging and Reporting for User Logging
Improved logging and reporting capabilities will monitor and track who is accessing virtual services and determine any unusual activities, including failed log-ins.
- Single Sign-On across Virtual Services
KEMP LoadMasters are designed to handle multiple virtual services supporting unique workloads, joined together into Single Sign-On groups. The ESP will enable clients to only enter authentication information for the first virtual service in order to access all other services in the Single Sign-On group. Therefore, a client accessing Exchange will also be able to access SharePoint and other workloads in the same group.
For 13 years KEMP has led the development of load balancers and ADCs and is ideally positioned to extend its security features to address the increased need for edge security. "For organisations facing life without TMG, the addition of security features into their load balancers will continue to deliver protection along with scalability and high reliability," said Leigh Bradford, UK & Ireland Sales Manager for KEMP. "And with these features launched at no additional cost, this option will be highly attractive to our channel partners and their customers."
KEMP is offering the ESP feature pack at no additional cost until August 30th, 2013. To order or for more information please visit: www.kemptechnologies.com.
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