The new .vantronix Firewall Release FW.49
.vantronix releases a new software version of the .vantronix Firewall Operating System (.vtFOS) every six months. The new version includes some important new features, extensions and improvements compared to the previous FW.48. release.

The latest .vantronix software platform is based on OpenBSD (www.openbsd.org) version 4.9, the most secure operating system that emphasizes portability, standardization, correctness, proactive security and integrated cryptography. OpenBSD 4.9 features significant improvements in networking, security and scalability and includes some of .vantronix contributions (NAT64) in these areas.

Virtual Private Networks (VPN) allows interconnected remote gateways with authenticated and encrypted tunnels and road warriors to connect to the corporate network. The FW.49. release enhances the .vantronix VPN portfolio with improved robustness and interoperability in the IKEv2 daemon, the next generation VPN protocol. IKEv2 combines the benefits of IPsec VPNs with the flexibility of SSL-VPNs. IKEv2 is based on open standards and interoperates with the integrated Windows 7 IKEv2 client and all other implementations.

This significant performance improvement of the routing and firewalling performance has been achieved by optimizing the .vantronix networking stack and device driver performance. The system will handle smoothly network overload conditions (like DoS) as it stays responsive and handles high traffic loads at the same time. Below is the example of the improved performance for the .vtFW-C2 appliance.

Version1518 bytes512 bytes
FW.499.0Gbps3.0Gbps
FW.488.0Gbps2.5Gbps

The latest release introduces new functionalities new userland firewall proxy for Microsoft Windows RPC, Sun RPC, and Oracle TNS, enhanced routing features like NAT64/NAT46, generic network stack improved IKEv2 robustness and , and support AES-NI and OpenSSH version 5.8 support. Detailed release notes are available via the website using your my vantronix account.

Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) is an enterprise routing and networking mechanism for high- performance telecommunications and metropolitan area networks that directs and carries virtual networks between distant nodes. The combination of MPLS, full BGP and .vantronix routing domain allows Virtual Routing and Forwarding (VRF) configurations to be created in your network. Service BGP and service OSPF have been improved in release FW.49.

The new .vantronix Firewall Manager is a cross-browser graphical user interface that uses the latest HTML5 web technologies to provide a powerful GUI with a clean and structured design. IT performs at the speed of a native application and does not feel like a traditional click-and-wait web interface. The Firewall manager also included powerful monitoring and logging capabilities; the logging allows to display, search, sort and filter occurred systems and inspection events in real time, and to define, load and save custom logging filters. The modular .vantronix command line interface (amCLI) is the backend of the Firewall Manager all GUI content is based on CLI commands that are exchanged with the appliance and rendered on the client. The GUI does not conflict with the CLI and experienced users can continue to access it via SSH or the out-of-band console.