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Merilus Crusoe-based FireCard Specs

Merilus Crusoe-based FireCard Specs - PCSTATS
Abstract: The FireCard is the first firewall on a PCI card, and uses a Crusoe processor to run the embedded application independent of the hosts operating system.
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Merilus Crusoe-based FireCard Specs


One of the most unique adaptations of Transmeta's Crusoe processor to surface at COMDEX 2000 is the Merilus FireCard Enterprise Edition. The FireCard is the first firewall on a PCI card, and uses a Crusoe processor to run the embedded application independent of the hosts operating system, only drawing power from the PCI slot. In other words, the firewall system software (Gateway Guardian) runs on a stripped down embedded Linux OS a la Crusoe TM3200 - "a box within a box" so to speak.

TransmetaZone attended the unveiling of the FireCard at COMDEX, which was presented by CEO Danna Epp. "We've been working with the Transmeta team to take advantage of the Crusoe chip architecture in the development of several new products we have underway". "The characteristics of the processor allow us to embed our new solid state security devices into existing computer systems without worry of overheating. Add to that the flexibility of optimizing the processor through code morphing software".

The FireCard has taken the title of "first to use Crusoe in an embedded application". In terms of specs the card touts some very impressive features in addition to routing, virtual private networking, real-time stats, and integration with existing firewall technology;

  • VPN Server hosting multiple tunnels across the office or the internet
  • Active alerting of intrusion attempts, denial of service attacks, authentication failures and hardware failures by email or pager
  • Live firewall configuration and monitoring
  • Port stealthing which will conceal the firewall from view on the web.
  • Progressive firewall auto-blocking
  • Bandwidth management, monitoring and accounting
  • Automatic redundant failover in a case of system failure to a standby firewall
  • Out of band remote administration enables admins to dial-in to the FireCard (it has an onboard modem and PSTN connection) and make adjustments in the event of a DOS attack.
  • Office networking

Using its own "Gateway Guardian" software the firewall card enables administrators several features perfect for this Napster-loving world of ours. If so inclined, admins can manage the amount of bandwidth available to each user on a network (it can handle 500-1000 connections) for specific areas like Web, Email, FTP, etc. So, if you've ever wanted to cut down on how much your fellow co-workers are using Napster each day.... ;-)

The FireCard Enterprise Edition is expected to hit the retail market sometime Q1 2001 for about $1200 US. Merilus is a three year old company based out of British Columbia which develops internet security products and software. Their products are targeted towards the SME (small-to-medium enterprise) market and are designed to be easy to operate. Merilus has recently signed an agreement with Golden Soil Inc (OTCBB: GDSI), which will acquire 100% of the company.


UPDATE: Merilus Signs Agreement With RSA Security
    
    Dec. 12, 2000--Merilus Technologies has signed a licensing agreement with RSA Security Inc. to incorporate RSA technology into the Gateway Guardian line of software and the recently announced FireCard PCI firewall.
    FireCard is the first use of the Transmeta Crusoe Microprocessor in an embedded application. FireCard's innovative design transforms any PC into a secure Internet computer capable of withstanding digital security threats. Gateway Guardian is a line of software products, which turns any computer into a secure Internet Gateway designed to protect computer networks from hackers or intruders.
    "RSA solutions bring the most secure SSL (Secure Socket Layer) and cryptography solutions into our line of security products," says Dana Epp, President and CEO of Merilus Technologies. "The performance characteristics of their products and their effects on product performance were critical in deciding to move forward with this agreement."
    "The licensing agreement with RSA brings an even more advanced level of security to our products by bringing RSA's expertise of cryptography to our product line." says Epp. "This partnership with RSA is important to our aggressive product development and allows us to optimize another layer within our products."


 

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