Many of the recent enhancements to Kerio Control have had more to do with network management than security. While QoS and Reporting are extremely useful in the era of ever increasing web utilization, they don't address a growing security challenge for IT administrations: BYOD. The tsunami of mobile devices engulfing the workplace is difficult to stop. While strong policies are always a good rule of thumb, we are getting reports that users simply won't be denied their device of choice.
In order to allow secure network access for these devices, we are about to announce support for the IPsec standard VPN protocol built into the clients of both Android and iOS, as well as laptop operating systems. Admins can now ensure users accessing network data and services like email are logged through an identifiable encrypted channel. All of their preferred UTM rules can be enforced on users, even when they log in remotely. Mobile VPN has been a much requested feature of customers dealing with the onslaught of smart phones and tablets, and we are happy to make it available.
When we launched the Kerio Control hardware appliance Kerio Control Box, we began to get many new partners selling the concept of UTM (unified threat management in one solution). While the overall functionality is an impressive selling point, there are some challenges. For one, a firewall is not exactly the type of technology that gets replaced on a regular basis. As we know from our own customers, there needs to be a compelling reason to switch, and even then there can be barriers. Our lack of IPsec support was one such barrier. Besides the fact that the admin does not want to have to install a new client for all of their users, many times there are preexisting site-to-site tunnels using IPsec connected to an assortment of 3rd party VPN servers. While we would love all of the servers to be migrated to Kerio Control, that is not always possible. With the new IPsec VPN server, IT Admins can start with one Kerio Control UTM connected to the existing tunnel(s) and network domain, and then plan the migration of the other systems, as their inferiority become more readily apparent.
The one minor sacrifice to get all this VPN greatness will be the Windows installation process. Kerio Control 8 will be available only as a software, virtual, or hardware appliance. Customers upgrading from the Windows edition will easily be able to migrate to the Software Appliance edition using their existing hardware. For those who still need to run Kerio Control 8 on Windows, will need to install the Hyper-V appliance in a Windows Server virtualization environment. Here is a linked knowledge base article to show you the way.
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