DesktopLinux: Astaro Integrated Security Solution Fueled by Open Source Linux
Jul 31, 2003, 04:00 (3 Talkback[s])
"Fueled by lean IT budgets that demand results and a successful
round of VC funding, Astaro is experiencing demand from small and
large businesses that want an integrated solution for security with
no vendor lock-in. DesktopLinux.com recently caught up with Astaro
CEO Jan Hichert to discover that the company is not only developing
Linux-only solutions, but has embraced open source practices,
philosophy, and is even considering offering an OS-development
fund. Hichert discusses his company's affordable Linux security
products and the emerging role of Linux in the enterprise both in
the US and abroad.
"What is the brief history of Astaro? How does open
source play a role in your organization?
"Astaro's founders worked for a German ISP. They found open
source software could provide excellent quality, low cost and
highly effective solutions to their customer's security needs.
However customers required on-going updates to the software, along
with assistance in configuring and integrating the software.
On-going demand for these capabilities led to the formation of