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Akonix Unveils New Appliances, Hardened OS

By Michael Hall (Send Email)
Posted Apr 6, 2006


With the introduction of a hardened operating system and a version bump, Akonix rolled out a new series of instant messaging appliances earlier this week.

Akonix this week introduced a new series of instant messaging appliances that feature a hardened operating system and a version bump.

The Akonix A-Series IM security appliances are aimed at both the enterprise and SMB markets. The A6000 appliance is the enterprise-grade product in the new line. The company says it can support tens of thousands of users. The SMB-oriented A1000 can support organizations from 25 to 1,000 users. Both run the company's L7 Enterprise v5.1 and L7 Enforcer v5.1, which provide an IM management gateway and perimeter security to protect against unauthorized IM and peer-to-peer (P2P) traffic.

The appliances also sport AkOS, an IM-specific operating system developed by Akonix and unique to the A-Series product line. According to the company, AkOS is built around version 2.6 of the Linux kernel. Akonix has disabled non-essential Linux services, limited access to the device to SSH, and added the Akonix Appliance Manager to handle fault management, configuration, accounting, performance and security (FCAPS) functions.

The Akonix Appliance Manager also offers administrators a chance to review system logins, available patches and packages, download packages, review and audit previously downloaded packages, and manage trace files. It also includes the Akonix Activity Monitor, a dashboard that monitors activity and usage statistics; as well as Report Manager, which can be used to create, run and manage reports.

Version 5.1 of the Akonix L7 Enterprise suite includes some new features as well, including a Web-based user interface for administrators, support for non-Western ASCII character sets and support for Jabber's Enterprise Instant Messaging (EIM) product.

New security features include a challenge-response system to ensure that 'poisoned Web addresses' can't be sent to end users, message rate throttling, and built-in allow/disallow lists to let safe URLs through while blocking known malicious URLs.

This article was originally published on InstantMessagingPlanet.

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