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Security Portal: Check Point and Linux finally get engaged

Nov 30, 1999, 20:59 (0 Talkback[s])

"Check Point's recent announcement of support for the Linux platform represents the highest profile adoption of Linux within the security industry to date. It seems rather amazing that only now, late in 1999 has Linux received such major votes of confidence considering the tremendous market share it enjoys within the Internet server segment."

"Check Point, a long time leader in worldwide firewall market share, has announced that it will target the release of a Linux version of its flagship product, Firewall-1 as well as VPN-1 in Q1 of 2000. The development is scheduled to go into limited beta in January. These products already run on Windows NT and several versions of Unix, most commonly Sun Solaris. Initially, the management console for these products will not be ported to Linux, in part because it is a lower priority but also because of a belief that determined Linux users can run the management console through the VMware emulator (of course this is not supported)."

"According to Product Marketing Manager Mike Lee, the demand for Linux versions of Check Point products has been voiced strongly from their own reseller/integrator channel. "They already have a tremendous amount of Linux expertise that they are able to leverage" and Linux "gives them more flexibility in their solution offerings to corporate customers." Lee said that initial product cost was not a major factor in their decision to adopt Linux. The Linux products will not be priced differently, nor will they have different feature sets. Check Point is definitely taking a "just another 'Nix" approach to Linux."

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