Untangle 'Moves Away from the Box' with Open Source Network Security

Lora Bentley

Sometimes network security can be a complicated mess, and for small businesses, that's one headache they'd rather not deal with. And that's where Untangle comes in. True to its name, the company's goal is to simplify network security for the small business.


Untangle, which markets its wares to companies with fewer than 250 employees, is releasing its core product under the terms of GPL v2 today, ZDNet UK reports. Open source is coming out of its own nuclear winter, CEO Bob Walters says, and he's betting the company that open source is the future for network security software.


Competitors Barracuda Networks and SonicWall sell security appliances, but Untangle is moving away from the box, Walters indicates. "We feel we'll get further faster" with open source, he says.


Open sourcing the Untangle Gateway Platform, which is built around SpamAssasin, ClamAV, Snort, and several other open source programs, will allow for better debugging, translating the software into other languages, and price points that small businesses can handle -- not to mention flexibility and ease of use. According to company information, "The complete system can be downloaded, installed, and configured in less than one hour."

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