Symantec preps Linux firewall for IBM iSeries

Monday, 22 April 2002, 12:48 PM EST

Symantec will announce this week that it is working with IBM to deliver a hardened firewall which will run within an iSeries Linux partition and provide protection for the iSeries or other connected servers on corporate networks, Timothy Prickett Morgan writes.

The firewall is a tweaked version of Symantec's Enterprise Firewall for Windows and Solaris servers, and it is expected to be available in the second half of 2002.

OS/400 V5R2 is expected to start shipping at around the same time--notwithstanding recent rumors about IBM's moving up the next-generation iSeries announcements (an announcement is not the same thing as a delivery date, remember). Sources at Symantec say that they are keen on moving into the OS/400 server space, but that there are some significant issues involved with support the open-source Linux operating system.

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