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WatchGuard launches iOS-friendly security appliance

WatchGuard’s latest security appliance, the XTM 330, allows business travelers from small enterprises to use their iPads or iPhones to communicate securely with the office, the vendor said on Tuesday.

WatchGuard has implemented the IPSec functionality already present on the Apple devices, allowing users of Apple’s iOS-based products to securely access corporate resources irrespective of where they are using encrypted tunnels.

The iOS functionality comes courtesy of the latest version of the XTM OS, which was announced on Tuesday, as well. WatchGuard has also added IP version 6 functionality and improved reporting features, it said.

The XTM (Extensible Threat Management) family combines firewall, VPN, and security services to protect networks from spam, malware and intrusions.

Companies that want more than firewall and VPN functionality can choose between a number of different add-ons, including Gateway Anti-virus and Application Control. The latter allows enterprises to IT administrators to monitor and control access to business and Web applications, by name or by function.

The rack mountable XTM 330 is a good fit for companies with between 30 to 50 users. It has seven Gigabit Ethernet ports, and can handle up to 850Mbps firewall throughput and 150Mbps when using VPNs, according to a WatchGuard’s specifications.

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