appGATE Free Edition is out!
By gravax on Feb 23, 2009
Finally it's there! appGATE has just released their new Free Edition of their Security Server. The general idea is that you can download a virtualized version of it, run it in VMware (hopefully soon VirtualBox). You just need to go to appGATE's web site, apply for a free license, download the image, and off you go.
While this isn't open source... it's using a similar business model. You get the basic for free... you can then decide if you want / need (paying) support. Of course there is a limitation in terms of number of users... but, should you need more, you probably will want a fully scalable appliance version of the product, in which case you'll be happy to purchase it pre-bundled and configured for you. That's added value that you'll appreciate.
appGATE is doing the right thing. In these times of economical difficulties, they are making their product available for free to small enterprises as well as anybody who wants to do a small pilot... and that will let people discover the benefits of remotely accessing corporate data and applications.
You know what's even nicer about all this? It's based on OpenSolaris, our very own open source operating system. And, I think, the worlds most secure general purpose operating system. You can, of course, if you want something a bit less bleeding edge, and you need the certification, get the appliance on Solaris 10 which has undergone IT-SEC EAL4+ certification. And since the actual appGATE security server is EAL2+ certified, you get pretty much state of the art security, with certifications to prove it.
Way to go!