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New Mandriva MNF2 offers enterprise-class all-in-one security and infrastructure solution

Tuesday June 21 2005

June, 21st 2005 - Mandriva, formerly Mandrakesoft, today announced the second versions of its comprehensive infrastructure and security system Multi Network Firewall. MNF2 provides advanced firewalling, IDS (Intrusion Detection System) and VPN (Virtual Private Network) capabilites in a single product made easy to use by a simple web interface. New features include new types of VPN such as PPTP and OpenVPN, network interface bonding and bridging, traffic shaping, network mapping and peer-to-peer filtering. MNF2 ships with one year online security update service and support options. Price: US$550 / 500 euro.

Core features
Dedicated to the business world, the Multi Network Firewall 2 combines a number of features and services which make it an ideal package for easily setting up and maintaining a proper, efficient and secure local network. This new version benefits from Mandriva's expertise in offering the advanced functionality required by business customers, and relies on the latest technologies offered by Linux.
MNF2 core features include:

  • A firewall, to protect the network from unauthorized access

  • An IDS (Intrusion Detection System), to alert system administrators when suspicious network activity is detected.

  • VPN (Virtual Private Network) capabilities, to enable secure private tunnels over public networks.

  • A proxy server, to intercept all web traffic entering the network.

  • A DHCP server, which enables automatic IP addressing for new machines connected to the local network.

  • Caching DNS, to provide a local DNS service for computers connected to the local network.

New features
Far more than a simple update from the previous version, MNF2 offers several new features which cover many needs of today's corporate users.
New features include:

  • In addition to IPSec VPN capabilities (Compatible with Cisco(tm) Routers), the MNF2 provides two other types of VPN: