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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 Astaro..."

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