Kerio Technologies has released the last Windows version of its unified threat management security appliance. But there will still be a way to get it into Windows environments, the company says.

Kerio Control 7.4 comes in Linux and Windows versions for installation on a customer’s own server or as a hardware appliance.

But in an interview James Gudeli, vice-president of business development, said future versions will come only on Linux.

“It’s kind of an end of an era for us,” he said. But it allows the company to focus on its proprietary Linux-based operating system.

However, for those more comfortable with the Windows environment Control now comes with a Microsoft Hyper-V so the Linux software version can be installed on the hypervisor.

Both versions support Microsoft Active Directory.

Although the Linux version has been available for some time a large number of customers prefer the Windows version, Gudeli said. “By adding Hyper-V support we’re hoping they take advantage of virtualization in a way they’ll be comfortable.”

Control protects networks with a firewall, virtual private network capability for remote access and content filtering.

The latest version adds protection for virtual networks (VLANs), which Gudeli said have become increasingly used by customers.

Also new are upgrades to the Web filter with additional master and sub-categories that give administrators more control over what users can and can’t do.

New HTTPS filters let admins block SSL sites, Gudeli said, and also added is the ability to block embedded URLs.

There’s no change in pricing: The base appliance, Kerio Control Box 1110 starts at US$1,000 with licences for five users. Control Box 3110 starts at US$1,700. Price varies by the number of users for the UTM, Sophos antivirus and Web filtering.

Kerio Control software alone costs US$265 for five licences. Each additional user licence is $26.

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