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McAfee Releases Gateway Anti-Virus Appliance

McAfee Wednesday rolled out a new anti-virus appliance built for small- and medium-sized businesses that is capable of protecting a network of up to 2,000 users.

The WebShield e50 appliance is a firewall-independent scanner that combines hardware with McAfee's widely-used anti-virus software, easily plugging into virtually any existing network of up to 2,000 users.

WebShield e50 monitors SMTP gateways, scanning Internet traffic at the network perimeter without impacting other systems, such as firewalls or e-mail servers. The product is ideal for smaller companies who can't afford to have their IT resources sucked up.

Eric Hemmendinger, senior research analyst at Aberdeen Group, was briefed on the new app.

"The WebShield e50 is a fire and forget virus stopper. For IS buyers in small and mid-size enterprises, the new WebShield device is simpler to deploy than buying software and configuring a Microsoft NT or Windows 2000 server," Hemmendinger said.

"And for resellers, the WebShield e50 can be a building block for new offerings that include consulting services for small enterprises without the IT resources needed to manage complex AV offerings."

Drakken, an independent Internet service provider, beta-tested the appliance on its network.

The firm's technical director, Ian Hill, said WebShield e50 was very effective.

"The McAfee WebShield e50 appliance exceeded our expectations in testing, offering plug-and-play installation and optimal scanning performance of our Internet traffic."

The McAfee WebShield e50 appliance was built with the firm's Active Virus Defense scanning engine, which halts viruses and malicious code, including macro viruses, Internet email, Trojan horses, worms, and hostile ActiveX and Java code.

The new WebShield e50 appliance also includes McAfee's Outbreak Manager, an anti-virus technology that automatically monitors network e-mail by looking for activities that may indicate virus outbreaks. With the enhanced content scanning capabilities of the WebShield e50, administrators are able to know exactly what is entering and leaving the network.

WebShield e50, which starts at $3,560, is available Wednesday from McAfee.