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Halon Security Launches Virtual Firewall

A security company based in Sweden has come out with a virtual version of its combination firewall router appliance. Halon Security's Virtual Security Router runs on VMware and provides the same functions as its HSR hardware appliance series. Those functions include:

  • IPv6 support;
  • Support for BGP and OSPF protocols;
  • Clustering, with synchronization of configuration, firewall states, IPSec security associations, and DHCP leases;
  • Load-balancing and failover;
  • Traffic shaping and bandwidth management;
  • SSL and web acceleration; and
  • Application control.

The application is based on the open source operating system OpenBSD. Firewall management is done through a single console.

The company makes a time-limited evaluation version available with registration at

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