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Tata Comm Launches virtualized Unified Threat Management In India

October 2008 by Frédéric Donnette, Global Security Mag EFYTIMES

Tata Communications has introduced virtualized Unified Threat Management (vUTM) for the first time in India. Tata Communications is claimed to be the first service provider in India to offer its customers virtual UTM which integrates critical security functions including firewall, intrusion detection and prevention, anti-virus, anti-spam and Web content filtering as part of its managed security services portfolio. Tata Communications has partnered with Fortinet, a provider of UTM solutions, as the technology supplier for its vUTM service.

Tata Communications’ vUTM customers can now look forward to increased network security without having to invest in expensive on-premise security hardware. vUTM delivers the features of an integrated multi-threat security UTM device in the network ’cloud’, enabling savings in recurring operational costs related to equipment maintenance as well as reducing administration complexities.

“Businesses that depend on the Internet for operations are struggling to balance the need to adequately address security issues with budget realities,” said Adam Rice, vice president, global managed security services, Tata Communications. “Tata Communications’ vUTM service changes the whole cost equation by eliminating the cost of customer premise equipment and providing monitoring and management services to enhance the security value beyond what many enterprises are accustomed to. For organisations with remote locations requiring secure Internet connectivity, our vUTM service delivers high value and very low cost of ownership.”

vUTM is targeted at customers who require a secure Internet gateway with a preference for a hosted security appliance instead of a self-procured and locally installed firewall in their premises. The physical hardware based on Fortinet security technology is logically partitioned into multiple virtual domains with each domain serving as a distinct firewall with policies for that respective customer.

Tata Communications’ vUTM service is fuelled by four Fortinet’s FortiGate-5140 carrier-class security systems, which provide a suite of security functions at multi-gigabit performance. Each FortiGate-5140 chassis-based system provides virtual domains (VDOMs), allowing Tata Communications to manage hundreds of customers from one hardware platform and isolate the security services offered to each customer.

Initially, Tata Communications plans to offer the service only in India to existing IAS (Internet Access Services formerly ILL) customers. This service will be extended to managed hosting and co-location customers in India as well as other regions in the near future.

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