LinuxPR: Guardian Digital Combats Proprietary Software Licensing Deadline

Saddle River, New Jersey–July 10, 2002–Guardian Digital, Inc.,
the first full-service open source Internet server security
company, has today announced a special incentive program designed
to provide companies with an alternative to Windows-based servers
and applications as the July 31st deadline for Microsoft s new
licensing program approaches.

Labeled “Project Volition,” business customers can receive up to
30% savings on Guardian Digital products at www.guardiandigital.com
through August 10th, 2002.

The EnGarde
Secure Professional
enterprise server software solution offers
unsurpassed levels of security, ease of use, and the most
sophisticated open source Web-based management system available.
Capable of supporting thousands of virtual Web sites, e-mail and
DNS domains, this proven enterprise-ready solution marks EnGarde
Secure Professional as the reliable and robust platform for
building a complete corporate Internet presence.

“Companies are concerned about the new Microsoft Software
Assurance plan and the increased costs for their organization
associated with it, writes Benjamin D. Thomas, director of product
development for Guardian Digital. Guardian Digital products,
including EnGarde Secure Linux, are engineered to be secure, easy
to manage, and provide a cost-effective alternative to proprietary
offerings from Microsoft.”

Small and midsized businesses, already confronted with
downsizing and reduced budgets, could pay up to 77% more per year
with the new licensing program according to Guernsey Research
analyst Chris LeTocq. Gartner stated in a recent report that
Microsoft has “eliminated the most popular way that midsize
organizations upgrade their software and raised the upgrade price
in the process.”

The EnGarde Alternative: Simple, Secure, and

In a shift from how Microsoft previously distributed their
software, the company will shortly force their customers to commit
to multi-year upgrades up front, or lose out on future

Leveraging tools from the best open source security projects on
the Internet, coupled with the security and network expertise of
Guardian Digital, EnGarde eliminates per-seat charges and uses only
industry-proven standards-based technologies.

The result of implementing Guardian Digital software in
organizations with as little as fourteen or even four thousand
users is apparent. Savings over proprietary solutions as well as
off-the-shelf Linux software increase exponentially as Internet
threats are discovered daily.

Pricing and Availability

During the promotional period ending August 10th, 2002,
customers may purchase EnGarde Secure Linux Professional v1.2 at
$494.95, a 10% savings from the regular price of $549. Enterprises
seeking to deploy EnGarde throughout their organization can receive
up to 30% discount on 5 or more copies purchased directly from
Guardian Digital.

EnGarde Secure Linux Professional v1.2 includes 60 days of
phone, e-mail and Web support as well as a 60-day trial
subscription to the Guardian Digital Secure Network as the primary
means to obtain system and security updates. Beyond the trial
period it is necessary to purchase a subscription to the Guardian
Digital Secure Network or an annual support subscription in order
to obtain system and security updates.


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