Tuesday 21 April 2009

Websense (finally) gets appliance religion

I sat down with the folks from Websense, here at the RSA Conference. Their big news is that they've finally come out with a pre-built appliance.

It's easy to be cynical. It wouldn't be hard to see this as Websense being "late to the party." Naturally, the company doesn't view it that way.

Websense didn't want to simply take its existing software platform and stuff it into a 19" rack. It already has 3rd parties who do that, which it says it's happy with.

Websense saw the need for a complete platform refresh. We're seeing the first fruits of this work in the new V10000 appliance.
  • It's based around a virtualized environment, based on Linux and the Xen hypervisor.
  • First version is simply a Web gateway / security proxy, but future add-ons will include DLP
  • Customers will be able to run multiple instances on one box.
  • A new centralized management platform can control a mixture of appliances and similar functionality provided by the Websense managed service (based on technology from the BlackSpider acquisition).

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